Bound To Stay Bound

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 Author: Quinn, Spencer

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press
 Pub Year: 2015

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 293 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 736636 ISBN: 9780545643313
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Mystery fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Theft -- Fiction
 Bayous -- Fiction
 Louisiana -- Fiction

Price: $20.01

[Book 1] Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen--so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous.

Bowser And Birdie Novel, Bk. 1

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 173533
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 66021

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/15)
   School Library Journal (02/01/15)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2015 Gr 3–6—Two humans, Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, are standing in front of Bowser's cage at the shelter. It's Birdie's 11th birthday, and she's there to pick out a pet. The girl automatically connects with mutt Bowser, even though Grammy and the woman running the shelter advise against him. Bowser is beside himself—he has connected with Birdie, too. Soon they are speeding along in Grammy's beat up pick up truck, headed to St. Roch, LA. Before Bowser can even get settled in, he and Birdie have a mystery on their hands. Someone has stolen Grammy's prized mounted marlin, Black Jack, from the wall of her bait and swamp tour shop. It turns out that Birdie's small town harbors quite a few secrets and old family feuds. Bowser and Birdie must find Grammy's prized marlin and dig into the age-old rumor that there is a treasure map sealed within Black Jack. Told from Bowser's point of view, this hilarious story will elicit laughs from dog-loving kids as they recognize Bowser's loyal yet rambunctious behavior. Reminiscent of Dug from the film Up, Bowser finds fun in every scrape he and Birdie get into, and he is devoted to Birdie from the start. VERDICT This suspenseful mystery filled with small-town characters takes readers to the very last pages, and the unresolved ending is a sure sign of more Bowser and Birdie books to come.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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