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A Dog-Friendly Town

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This was a great middle grade mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed to the very end. It was a quick and easy read and I would definitely recommend to all kids that read chapter books.
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Calling all dog lovers - and pun lovers - and mystery lovers! This book combines all three providing the reader with a great summer read. Epic and his siblings live with their parents in the dog loving B&B they run. Unconventional in so many ways, this family is as interesting as the guests. When a week long celebration heads to their town, the most dog friendly town in the country, the mystery begins. A stolen jewel studded dog collar, numerous suspects ala Agatha Christie, red herrings, and a brother obsessed with all things detective, are just some of the highlights. Read and enjoy.
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This book is a fun story for any 3rd - 5th grader.  Twelve year old Epic & his younger siblings have to solve the mystery of who stole a valuable dog collar from their parents dog-friendly B & B.  The town they live in, Carmelito, CA, is also dog-friendly and  just received the coveted prize of America’s #1 Dog-Friendly Town.  This story contains wonderful characters (human & dogs) and will appeal to students that love dogs & mysteries!  I enjoyed reading how Epic deals with his younger siblings, working to solve the mystery of how stole the valuable dog collar, and his feelings about beginning a new school (middle school).  I felt the characters were quirky & fun and I think kids might be able to relate to at least one or more characters in the story.
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I was able to read an advanced physical copy of A Dog-Friendly Town by Josephine Cameron on behalf of #BookAllies.  I loved the adventure that this book told, with solving a mystery and getting to know so many different characters.  The beginning of the book had a detailed character sketch for each one, and that was really helpful for keeping everyone straight.  This book will be a great one for my dog loving mystery fans!
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His parent's own a dog friendly bed and breakfast.  He's the dog walker for one nervous dog and he enjoys it.  He's also going to a new school when summer is over and he's not sure about that.  He also  has a little brother and sister he's supposed to watch and keep out of the guests way.  This summer isn't really relaxing...

Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 4th.

They have a famous St Bernard come to stay with his owner and trainer and his little sister, Elvis, is ecstatic.  She watches his show and loves him.  The boys are less impressed.

Then they get another group of dogs who also are stars.  They are labradoodles and the children are not excited about them.

They find that a famous jewel thief is in the area.  There are a lot of jewels floating around the shows taking place.  They'll have to keep their eyes open.

When the jeweled collar disappears from the dog's neck, everyone panics.  Elvis admits she took it so her dog hero can find it and be in favor again.  The only problem is someone else found it first...

So who stole it?  The cop isn't making much progress, so the children decide to investigate themselves.  Will they find it?  Will they identify the guilty party?  Who could it be?  There are so many suspects...
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Fast paced adventurous read for any dog lover. Good family story about friendship and changes with a Hollywood style mystery thrown in
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This is a fun middle grade book for dog lovers.  Students in grades 3-5 would enjoy this story in my classroom.
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I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley.
Cameron introduces readers to a free spirited family who run a bed and breakfast in California. The book takes place right after Carmelito is named #1 Dog Friendly Town for the year. All sorts of antics take place during the week. The biggest caper is a jewel thief that may be staying at their inn. Epic together with his brother, Rondo, and sister, Elvis, solve the case and help capture the thief. Along with their friends, they figure out what happened and set up the culprit.
The central theme about life changing and either accepting or resisting it comes through as Epic struggles to stay in control of his younger siblings and build his courage to attend middle school.
The book begins slowly but does move to more action about 1/3 of the way in.
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Quirky kids live in a bed and breakfast in the Best Dog Friendly Town. Surfing, dogs and a mystery to solve engage readers in this middle school book.
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Are you looking for a fresh and funny mystery filled with family antics, dogs, and funny characters, then pick up this book! 
What would happen if your town was taken over by dogs and dog lovers?... Then something goes missing...A great cast of characters make this book a standout especially for summer reading.
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Such a great book. My son and I read it and we both really enjoyed it. I will definitely add to is title to my classroom and would love to read other books by this author in the future. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my opinions.
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This fun middle grade title will keep readers entertained and engaged. Blending mystery with themes of family and accepting change, Cameron has crafted a story which would make an excellent classroom read aloud. Strongly recommended.
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I really liked this book, it has short chapters that make it easy to read and it has really fun setting and fun characters. . The intro is a little slow, but you need that to get to know the characters and the dogs! This is a fun dog friendly town with a great bed and breakfast as our main setting. There are a few twists and turns especially in the last third of the book.  I really liked how the mystery was unfolded, it gave the reader  a chance to make predictions and put together clues along with Epic, Rondo, and Elvis. I would love to see more mysteries solved by this crew! And more from this Dog-Friendly Town!

Thanks NetGalley for this ARC!
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I really liked this book, and I think older elementary/middle school would love it too. It is fast paced and has twists and turns, especially in the last third of the book. I think the characters were quirky and relatable in their own ways and the town was fun. The concept of dog celebrities is so fun and doesn't even sound outlandish in the context of the book. I especially liked how the mystery was unfolded throughout the book, so the reader could make predictions and put together clues along with Epic, Rondo, and Elvis. I would love to see more mysteries solved by this crew!
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After a slow start the story began to pick up.  The beginning largely setting up the relationship of the characters and setting of the story, Dog Week, in a small California town. When the kids started playing detective, the action started to be nonstop. Simple story with the theme of siblings (and friends) always having your back.  The ages of the children should draw in multiple age groups.  The activities they do keep in line with their ages though Elvis can be over dramatic sometimes but so can 8 year olds. Epic, Ronda, and Elivis's parents own a B & B where Hollywood dog star Sir Bentley has come to stay for Dog Week. Uproariously funny as the children try to solve the mystery of the stolen diamond collar.
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Welcome to the dog-friendly town of Carmelito, California, just awarded the coveted prize of America’s #1 Dog-Friendly Town. Taking center stage is the Perro Del Mar Bed & Breakfast, home to Epic, Rondo and Elvis McDade. As the events of the awards week unfurl,  a middle-grade-portioned mystery hides in every friendly tail wag and posh puppy encounter, waiting to be pieced together.

Hitting a bullseye of appeal with the middle-grade age, author Josephine Cameron reels younger readers in with all the right mentions: social media, celebrity sightings, changing friendships, an appeal to every kid’s inner sleuth, and all the sweet puppies! While working to solve the mystery, young readers are also (perhaps unknowingly) being introduced to the downfalls of internet sensationalism, the need for creativity, open-minded acceptance and more ecological living. As a middle grades teacher, the thematic undercurrents weaving their way into the fabric of the story earn this book a prime spot on my classroom bookshelf!
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I enjoyed the characters and also the love for dogs in this fun story. The chapters are short and it moves at a quick pace that will keep young readers engaged. It is a different type of mystery than you often see and I think it will appeal to many children. I would like to see more books with this family!
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A Dog-Friendly Town is sure to be a favorite for kids who love dogs and mysteries. The story centers on a dog festival with glamorized pooches, three curious kids, a diamond studded dog collar, a newsworthy thief and plenty of suspects. Epic, Elrond, and Elvis are the trio of siblings destined to solve the case by "following their curiosity". They have plenty of obstacles on their way including an anxiety ridden Iggy named Pico and a soon to be washed up St. Bernard named  Bentley. Josephine Cameron offers a rare treat in children's literature in that this story is an engaging mystery entertaining for all ages.  Since the main characters are ages 8-12 this is ideal for grades 3-6. Cameron is masterful at creating distinct characters.  The main character, Epic, shows growth throughout the book in a way that makes this story ideal for teachers looking for that in a read aloud.  Cameron balances humor and suspense well.  While the main characters are white, there are several diverse characters featured prominently in the book including Epic's closest friends Declan and Miyon.  Libraries can get a win with adding this to their collections.
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Twelve year old Epic and his younger siblings Rondo and Elvis find themselves in the middle of a mystery when a valuable dog collar is stolen from their parents' dog-friendly b&b in the dog-friendly town of Carmelito, California.  This is just the latest crisis for Epic, who will be starting a new school in the fall, falls out with his best friend, and can't seem to keep his siblings under control. The delightful human and canine characters, along with the quirky mystery and often-chaotic action, will appeal to dog-lovers in particular.
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I loved the town and the characters in this book.  I thought the mystery was good.  I would like to see more adventures from Epic and the rest of the town.
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