I was originally going to post a different review today, but I got hooked on reading A Dog-Friendly Town and really wanted to share this one with you instead. Dogs are something that I love, and I love a good mystery, and this middle school read has both. I was hooked!
What I Am Reviewing
Take a St. Bernard, add in celebrity status, a dog-friendly bed and breakfast, and a quirky family. All the elements you need for mysterious events to occur. Who could be the culprit? Josephine Cameron keeps the reader hooked through fast-paced action, interpersonal drama, and intriguing mystery. Farrar Straus Giroux is the publishing company, 367 page chapter book geared at youth 8-12 years old. I received an ARC copy from Raincoast Books for my review of A Dog-Friendly Town .
The Details on A Dog-Friendly Town
When you open the pages of this middle-school friendly mystery book, you will discover illustrations of the main characters. They are simple drawings, giving us a glimpse into these pivotal people.
Most of the A Dog-friendly town is about the people, the mystery, and their relationship. You’ll find interspersed news articles.
The story centres around McDade family and their dog-friendly bed-and-breakfast. They live in Carmelito, California which is known as America’s #1 dog-friendly town. Competition fills the air as they have a week of celebration of all things dog and prepare of the Puppy Picnic.
It’s an interesting story watching each of the children’s characters emerge. The mystery was well done with twists I didn’t expect. It was a middle school read with a touch of elegance. Using the skills of each main character the mystery was solved…and you might be surprised how! 🙂
Should you Get it?
If you like mysteries, dogs and quirky characters, A Dog-Friendly Town is sure to please. Not just for your middle schoolers but for anyone who likes a good mystery and interesting characters. A good read.