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The Case of the School Ghost (Buddy Files) Paperback – March 1, 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 6 of 6 in the Buddy Files Series

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"Buddy's keen sense of smell, particularly for junk food associated with each individual, heightens both the gentle humor and suspense, while the cracking of secret codes adds further intrigue." Booklist (Online Review)

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Buddy is excited to attend the Fourth Grade sleepover, but instead of playing games, he solves the mystery of the school ghost!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Series: Buddy Files (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080750937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807509371
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both me and my son loved this book! Buddy the dog is so funny. He has such an authentic dog take on the world, it just made me laugh so many times. The action was a little scary at times (was Connor kidnapped? Where did Buddy's family disappear to?) but it's handled so well and diffused with Buddy's great humorous voice. Not a nightmare inducing book, at least not for my 6yo. I am looking forward to reading more of Buddy's adventures.
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School ghosts are in every school. It just so happens that in this school the ghost is a tradition. Today this would never happen, but it was a fun read and a great starting point to encourage kids to read.
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I remember when the first book of the Buddy Files series came out. I loved it. This series is great for kids transitioning to chapter books without pictures. The language is easy to read and understand. There are a few pictures, but not very many. It's a great step to help build a child's reading comprehension. My daughter has read the other books in this series and so we were excited when we found this one at the library. My second daughter started reading it aloud to me and then I noticed something that I wasn't comfortable with. So, I went back and read through the whole book.

This morning my oldest daughter and I discussed my concerns and and hers. She recognized and felt it wasn't good for the children to lie to Connor's mom about where they'd been. She also felt it was wrong for them to disobey the directions of the adults at the school when they were there for a sleepover. Her other question was why the children would do something that was wrong just because someone told them to. I know this happens all the time with kids, but in this book there weren't any consequences for what they did. Yes, their actions were innocent enough and didn't harm anyone, but it's the principle of it.

My concerns with this book hinge on two things. 1) the idea of a Ouija board are introduced as part of the story. It is clear that it is rigged, but I'm not comfortable that things like this are presented as so innocent. The idea's been planted and if it's reintroduced to a child when they're older, then it will likely seem benign. Many people might disagree with me on this point, but it follows the process of how to make someone think that something that is unacceptable is actually acceptable. 2) At the end, Connor lies to his mom when she asks him a question.
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A quick paced story and again the children are brought into another exciting adventure of Buddy with his owner Connor. Buddy played a smaller role in this story compared to the others, nevertheless, the story is thrilling especially the introduction of spooky staged incidents during the sleepover.
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A lot of fun. I will admit, though to feeling nervous for a bit because of a ouija-like scene but I felt that the end made up for that bit of uncomfortableness. I'd suggest this to a more mature reader, though.
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Buddy the Therapy Dog is on another case. The Cat with No Name alerts him that the ghost of the school does not want Buddy, or any of the kids attending the sleepover, to come down to the basement. Agatha the Ghost doesn't like it when children or animals hang out in what is considered to be her basement. Buddy wonders why Connor, his owner, Michael and Jillian got suspicious boxes with flashlights inside right before the fourth grade sleepover. With a storm thundering around them, Buddy and the kids try and communicate with Agatha... but do they find a real ghost, or something else?!

This book is amusing because it is told from Buddy's perspective and is full of moments showing the world the way a dog might view it. In addition to an easy to follow mystery, there are snippets of lessons and advice about the world, such as how making lists helps one to keep track of things, or about telling the truth. Butler really does a good job with slowly building up the excitement about what the mystery really is as Buddy finds more clues in each chapter.

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This may just be the best plot in the entire series of six wonderful, wonderful books about a golden dog, King (renamed Buddy), who is a therapy dog AND a dog detective! Currently Buddy lives with Connor and principal Mom and goes to school every day so other kids can read to him and confide in him when they need a friend to listen.

You and your child will learn about the real life of a dog from a dog who talks (but humans hear only WOOF), like how a dog's sense of smell is so much better than ours (Buddy can even smell a lie on someone or calm a nervous kid, and describes a boy as pepperoni-fish-frog boy or a girl as sausage and flowers or pizza, cats, nailpolish), and how dogs and kids are alike - both are often misunderstood by adults.

In Book Six, Buddy gets to attend a fourth-grade sleepover in the school library and go on a scavenger hunt and is so excited, but strange things are going on - noises, disappearances, unsigned notes and anonymous packages, a power outage, a secret door, and a secret code. Buddy hopes to solve the mystery of Agatha the ghost - is she or isn't she?

Lessons learned include telling the truth, staying away form forbidden places (or not), following instructions and - making lists just may help you solve a mystery!

And, when the paper cover of the hardback gets tattered and torn, the front of the hard cover book is a delight!

*winner of the Edgar Award, 2011, for Best Juvenile Mystery for the first in this series
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