The Spotted Dog Last Seen

Groundwood Books Ltd
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Finalist for the Canadian Library Association's 2014 Book of the Year for Children Award

Selected as a New York Public Library Book for Reading and Sharing

While tracking clues from a secret code penciled in the margins of mystery novels at a public library, Derek Knowles-Collier discovers a time capsule, an unpublished author and a gravestone that may finally put his haunting past to rest.

At Queensview Elementary, grade-six students are required to complete a community service unit as part of their school curriculum. Derek Knowles-Collier was sick when groups were assigned, so he is stuck with what's leftover: landscape and repair duty at the local cemetery.

Derek is not happy about his assignment. When he was very young, his friend Dennis was killed by a car after running into the road to catch a ball. Ever since, Derek has had recurring nightmares, and he is afraid that spending time in a cemetery will make it even harder for him to sleep through the night.

It's a relief, therefore, when his group's lessons on all aspects of cemetery care are so interesting and strange that Derek just doesn't have time to dwell on his experience with death. And when it rains, the lessons take place in the nearby public library, which takes him out of the cemetery altogether, at least for an afternoon.

One day, a book arrives at the library, an anonymous donation that happens every year. On reading the book, Derek and his group mates find a secret code written on an inside margin. One code leads to the next, with the last code leading the students to a time capsule.

Through a series of discoveries and deductions, Derek and his friends discover who has been sending books to the library every year. They also discover the truth behind Dennis's long-ago death, which means that Derek is finally able to put his terrifying memories (and his nightmares) to rest.

INCLUDES A SECRET CODE FOR READERS TO DECIPHER!

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About the author

Jessica Scott Kerrin is the author of the newly launched Lobster Chronicles series and the best-selling Martin Bridge series. In 2013, The Spotted Dog Last Seen was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the best books of 2013.

Born and raised in Alberta, Jessica now lives in downtown Halifax, Canada, and once owned a nutty Springer Spaniel who inspired this book.

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Publisher
Groundwood Books Ltd
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Published on
Jul 29, 2013
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9781554983889
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / General
Juvenile Fiction / Interactive Adventures
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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Available on Android devices
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Eligible for Family Library

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