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The Mystery of the Blue Dog

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This was an incredibly fun mystery books for children. The heroine is stubborn and smart, definitely a fun person to be friends with and solve mysteries with.
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This book was literary so cute and amazing!! perfect for kids who are into mysteries!!

The story revolves around Jo and her friends, Betsy, Tommy and Leonard who decides to solve the mystery of the blue dog dog painting which goes missing from Mrs. Murphy's house. The story is light but at the same gripping and very easy to understand and the ending totally made me laugh so much!!

overall definately recomended
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The Mystery of the Blue Dog
by M. Carroll
Date published: June, 2021

Many thanks to Anamcara Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion..
The Mystery of the Blue Dog was a thoroughly enjoyable story about four neighborhood kids who call themselves The School’s Out Squad.. Their names are Jo, Tommy, Leonard & Betsey. The Squad is responsible for cleaning Mrs.  Murphy’s property in the summer. They’re all hanging out in their clubhouse in Mrs. Murphy’s tree when they notice someone has broken into her house! It turns out the man they saw inside, who they dubbed Caterpillar Eyebrows, was there to rob Mrs. Murphy! He stole her recipes & the picture of a blue dog she had hanging near her kitchen. Mrs. Murphy has some important recipes, she & Mr. Murphy owned a restaurant before he died. Those recipes mean so much to Mrs. Murphy.. Turns out the picture is pretty valuable, too.
I loved reading about how Jo & the gang used their detective skills to solve this mystery… I’m giving The Mystery of the Blue Dog four stars. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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The Mystery of the Blue Dog is a book in which a group of friends try to find out who stole a picture of a blue dog from an old lady's house. The situation being quite ridiculous made me really like the story and enjoy it. it was fun, short and fast paced. I would recommend it to kids who are and are not fond of reading cause honestly, anyone can enjoy it!
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The Mystery of the Blue Dog is a fun read that's not your typical mystery. It's a smart story that doesn't talk down to kids, and in fact most of the kid characters in this book are clever and capable, and like all great kid books, it's the kids who outsmart the adults. The main character, Jo, is resourceful and clever and stands up for herself, and her friends are just as clever, but in their own individual ways. Loved the references to cooking and art woven into the mystery.
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The mystery of the Blue dog was a great read - quick and enjoyable.  I particularly enjoyed the characters, and the distinctive way that they talk and interact.
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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Mystery of the Blue Dog is a short and sweet young reader"s mystery, reminiscent of series like Encyclopedia Brown and the A to Z Mysteries. When the neighborhood chef finds that a burglar has stolen a valuable painting and priceless secret recipes from her house, Jo and her group of friends are on the case to track down the culprit. I thought the book was fun if a little short on clues as to who the culprit was. My main issue with this book was the main character, Jo. Jo is pretty annoying (or as she likes to call all of her friends, irritating) and I wouldn't want my kid to pick up any of her traits besides curiosity. Obviously, this is a young reader's book and isn't supposed to have complex characters but I know firsthand how kids adopt personality traits from characters they like.
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Jo is back for more shenanigans, this time solving the mystery around a break-in at her neighbor's house, and the missing painting of a blue dog. 
Jo's group of friends are distinct and likeable, and I enjoyed their comraderie while they investigate together. I felt as if I was on my bike, riding through the neighborhood along side them. 
The story moved quickly and the dialogue was lively. I definitely enjoyed joining Jo and the School's Out Squad in their latest adventure. 
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series by M. Carroll!
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The Mystery of the Blue Dog is a story featuring four friends who accidentally interrupt a break-in and follow the clues to try and catch the thief.  Jo Daniels and her three friends, Tommy, Leonard and Betsy, are the School’s Out Squad. I was impressed with how the kids were each given a distinct personality and they worked within their strengths to find clues and work to solve the crime. The story is engaging and keeps divulging information to keep the reader invested and the plot moving forward.

Thank you NetGalley for the review Arc.
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If Enid Blyton books were your favourite and you're looking for something similar for your child, this is a good choice. Suitable for children aged 7 and above, fast-paced mystery story and a very fun heroine! I like that it's relatable to kids, with mentions of the internet and Tiktok and so on, but the kids aren't obsessed with their phones, and on the contrary, spend their time outdoors! 
It would have been nice if there was a little more diversity, and there were a few spelling mistakes, which will probably be corrected in the final version!
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