The Buddy Files: The Case Of The Fire Alarm (The Buddy Files, Book 4)


Buddy is excited about his job as a therapy dog at school. When the fire alarm goes off on the first day of school, some of the students are convinced it is the ghost of Agatha Curry. Buddy is skeptical, but his superior detective skills tell him something is going on. That's not enough, Buddy needs clues. As if that's not enough, in the middle of the case, a young student goes missing! Buddy has the boy's scent but he's stuck in Mom's office. Two cases and no way to solve them. Now what?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Realistic situations, lots of action, and great visual descriptions make this fun to read aloud to a group or for transitional readers ready to read by themselves.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

It took a few pages to get my daughter started with this book, but then she devoured it in a night. She immediately asked if we had any of the other titles featured on the back cover.

Parent Reaction

I was surprised that I had to coax my dog-crazed daughter into this one. It was great to see she "came around," though. This is fun, wholesome series with just the right amount of suspense for elementary readers. I'm looking forward to the next one, too.

Type of Book:
This is a lightly illustrated detective story for transitional readers.
Educational Themes:

There are a variety of themes in this one. Not long into the story the author plays out a bullying/gang scenario. This would make a great way to step away from the book and talk about those issues. Mrs. Angus is a staff member at school opposed to Buddy. She makes a great character for having to look at an issue from both sides. Although the author doesn't provide information, the story introduces the idea of therapy dogs, which can be explored via other media. There are also other themes, such as intimidation and threats.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Age of child:
Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is an enjoyable series and offers the kind of "comfort story" elementary readers need to have. If they don't have a therapy dog, reading along with Buddy may be just the thing they need.

Title The Case of the Fire Alarm

The Buddy Files, Book 4

Author Dori Hillestad Butler
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company © 2010
Illustrators Jeremy Tugeau
ISBN 9780807509135
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.99
Genres Mystery, Crime
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