The Case of the Missing Family

Buddy has settled with his adopted family, but he’s never given up on finding his beloved human, Kayla, and his first family. One night he sees men taking things out of Kayla’s old house and loading them into a van. What’s up? Though his friend Mouse advises against it, in the middle of the night Buddy decides to make a daring move, leaving everything he knows behind. Dori Butler’s third case in The Buddy Files will entertain and satisfy the many fans of this brave, funny, and loyal dog.

  • 144 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8"
  • 9780807509340
  • September 2010

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  • 9780807592465
  • May 2015

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  • Effective twists and turns, humor, and the possibilities of becoming a school therapy dog and learning to read ease the bittersweet conclusion. Buddy’s burying of a valuable guarantees more interactions with both his old and new families and future mysteries to enjoy.

    - Booklist

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

    - The Horn Book Guide

  • Teachers will appreciate the simple language and the themes of friendship, loyalty, and family.

    - Children's Literature


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: 2.00
  • ATOS Level: 3.20