Bound To Stay Bound

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 Dog-friendly town
 Author: Cameron, Josephine

 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 367 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 183954 ISBN: 9780374306441
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Dogs -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Bed and breakfast accommodations -- Fiction
 Mystery fiction
 California -- Fiction
Mystery Fiction
Family Life

Price: $21.88

As his family's dog-friendly bed-and-breakfast establishment in dog-friendly Carmelito, California, welcomes celebrity dog Sir Bentley, twelve-year-old Epic McDade and his younger siblings investigate the disappearance of a $500,000 dog collar.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 511899

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/15/20)
   School Library Journal (05/01/20)
   Booklist (+) (09/01/20)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/09/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Cameron takes readers into the world of dogs, their owners, Hollywood drama, and a group of amateur sleuths on summer vacation. Epic, Rondo, and Elvis live in the Perro del Mar, their parents' popular dog-friendly bed-and-breakfast in Carmelito, CA—also known as "America's #1 Dog-Friendly Town." Everyone is abuzz when a few famous dogs descend upon their little town for the 10th Annual Dog Elegance Award Ceremony and Carmelito's Annual Puppy Picnic. However, when one of the dogs' diamond collars goes missing, the siblings find themselves in the middle of a whodunit. With Hollywood dog gossip bloggers lurking at every turn, a rival dog bed-and-breakfast, and a few curious characters, the siblings must act fast before the culprit gets away with it. This book has it all: a captivating plot, an exciting mystery, and likeable characters. There's a lot of players and moving parts, but readers will stay engaged and have no trouble following along. Cameron mixes things up by inserting gossip blog posts between chapters, which expands perspective beyond the narrator, Epic. There are character illustrations in the opening pages, and readers will enjoy putting faces to names. VERDICT A highly enjoyable mystery for upper elementary. A recommended purchase.—Elizabeth Portillo, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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