The Case of the Lost Boy

“My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective.”

King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he’s been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn’t his beloved human (Kayla) come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy! And just as Connor and Buddy start to get acquainted, Connor disappears! Buddy (aka King) has big problems to solve, but with some help from his friend Mouse (a very large dog) and the mysterious cat with no name, he shows what a smart, brave dog can do.

  • 128 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8"
  • 9780807509326
  • September 2010

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  • With twists and turns, humor, and a likable canine character, this series should find a wide fan base.

    - Booklist

  • The type is large, the text is easy, and the occasional black-and-white illustrations complement the text well. The clues are unique and true to the fact that a dog is telling the story. The addition of paw prints used as bullet points in King’s lists of what he knows about the case and chapter headings with titles like “Nose to the Ground” add to this involving story. Fans of dog stories, mysteries, or readers reluctant to start chapter books will appreciate this story.

    - School Library Journal

  • Butler tells the story from Buddy’s perspective, throwing in details to convince readers that it’s really Buddy talking…Tugeau’s full-page line drawings enliven a story that should captivate young readers. This first entry in a series is both sweet and suspenseful.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • This chipper novel launches Butler’s…Buddy Files series, narrated by a chatty golden retriever. Readers should be drawn in by Buddy’s exuberant voice and readily recognize the high stakes and emotions at play.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • The clear and direct plots, engaging characters, humor, and suspense will keep readers entertained.

    - The Horn Book Guide

  • Told believably from a dog’s point of view, the story will appeal to beginning and reluctant readers. Black line illustrations aid in understanding.

    - Children's Literature

  • This new series will appeal to beginning independent readers, not only in the readability of the text, but also in the endearing dog detective…The story’s lively pace and large print will keep young readers engaged.

    - Library Media Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • 2011 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, Winner
  • 2011-2012 Goldfinch Award (Iowa) Master List
  • 2011-2012 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
  • 2012 Monarch Award (Illinois) Master List
  • 2013 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Master List


Common Core

RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 1.00
  • ATOS Level: 3.00