Bound To Stay Bound

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 Case for Buffy (Detective Gordon)
 Author: Nilsson, Ulf

 Publisher:  Gecko Press (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 104 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 677212 ISBN: 9781776571789
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Mystery fiction
 Animals -- Fiction

Price: $20.88

The final story in this big-hearted series takes on the most important case ever investigated in Detective Gordon's forest-where is Buffy's mother? Gordon faces his old nemesis, the fox, in an investigation that leads to the edges of the forest.

 Illustrator: Spee, Gitte
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.90
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 197104

   School Library Journal (00/08/18)
   Booklist (06/01/18)
 The Hornbook (00/09/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2018 When a little toad and a little mouse appear at the forest police station, Buffy and Gordon accept them as students. Besides teaching them the principles and practices of policing, the detectives take them on a case: Buffy’s search for the family she had forgotten after a “ghastly catastrophe.” Written with empathy, precision, and wit, the latest volume in the Detective Gordon series fills in Buffy’s backstory while sending the characters on an adventure that young readers (and prereaders lucky enough to hear it read aloud) will enjoy. Colorful illustrations capture the story’s scary moments and cozy details, right down to the last little cake. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/01/2018 Gr 1–3—The adorable crime-solving duo returns to deduce the whereabouts of Detective Buffy's mom. By focusing on Buffy's origin story, Nilsson deepens the series, which has already covered such meaningful themes as intergenerational friendship and bullying. This volume gently explores concepts like trauma, as when Buffy remembers the stressful circumstances under which she was separated from her entire family. There are a few loaded asides from Gordon that reinforce harmful forms of real-world bias ("Maybe mice could leave their families and think no more about them. You couldn't assume that everyone was like a completely ordinary toad"). This detracts from an otherwise thoughtfully crafted plot in which Gordon and Buffy learn from their younger sidekicks and Gordon acknowledges his own power. Spee's illustrations skillfully capture tender scenes along with spots of chuckle-worthy moments. VERDICT The charming pastoral setting, Gordon's wry antics, and Buffy's heartfelt journey will provide much comfort to fans of the series, especially on rainy days or before bed.—Della Farrell, School Library Journal - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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