Woof (A Bowser and Birdie Novel #1)

by Spencer Quinn (Author)

Woof (A Bowser and Birdie Novel #1)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
The New York Times Bestselling Mystery

There is trouble brewing in the Louisiana swamp -- Bowser can smell it. Bowser is a very handsome and only slightly slobbery dog, and he can smell lots of things. Like bacon. And rawhide chews! And the sweat on humans when they're lying.

Birdie Gaux, the girl Bowser lives with, also knows something is wrong. It's not just that her grammy's stuffed prize marlin has been stolen. It's the weird rumor that the marlin is linked to a missing treasure. It's the truck that seems to be following Birdie and the bad feeling on the back of her neck.

When Birdie and Bowser start digging into the mystery, not even Bowser's powerful sniffer can smell just how menacing the threat is. And when the danger comes straight for Birdie, Bowser knows it up to him to sic 'em.
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School Library Journal

Gr 3-6—Two humans, Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, are standing in front of Bowser's cage at the shelter. It's Birdie's 11th birthday, and she's there to pick out a pet. The girl automatically connects with mutt Bowser, even though Grammy and the woman running the shelter advise against him. Bowser is beside himself—he has connected with Birdie, too. Soon they are speeding along in Grammy's beat up pick up truck, headed to St. Roch, LA. Before Bowser can even get settled in, he and Birdie have a mystery on their hands. Someone has stolen Grammy's prized mounted marlin, Black Jack, from the wall of her bait and swamp tour shop. It turns out that Birdie's small town harbors quite a few secrets and old family feuds. Bowser and Birdie must find Grammy's prized marlin and dig into the age-old rumor that there is a treasure map sealed within Black Jack. Told from Bowser's point of view, this hilarious story will elicit laughs from dog-loving kids as they recognize Bowser's loyal yet rambunctious behavior. Reminiscent of Dug from the film Up, Bowser finds fun in every scrape he and Birdie get into, and he is devoted to Birdie from the start. VERDICT This suspenseful mystery filled with small-town characters takes readers to the very last pages, and the unresolved ending is a sure sign of more Bowser and Birdie books to come.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City

Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Advance Praise for "Woof":
"Spencer Quinn speaks two languages — suspense and dog — fluently." — Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Imagine Scout Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird" setting out to solve a mystery with the aid of a charming, slobbery dog. You'll wish you had Birdie and Bowser as your very best friends." — Kathryn Lasky, New York Times bestselling author

"Bowser and Birdie sent me into giggle fits and won my heart. Bowser deserves the Bucketful of Bacon Award for Best Dog Ever!" — Jude Watson, New York Times bestselling author

Spencer Quinn
Spencer Quinn is the author of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery books and the stand-alone novel The Right Side, both for adults. His novels for kids include the New York Times bestselling Bowser and Birdie novel, Woof, and the follow-up, Arf, as well as the Edgar Award-nominated Echo Falls series. Spencer lives with his wife, Diana, and dogs, Audrey and Pearl, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Scholastic Press
Publication date
April 20, 2015
A Bowser and Birdie Novel
BISAC categories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV028000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Library of Congress categories
Mutts (Dogs)
Mystery and detective stories
Agatha Awards
Nominee 2015 - 2015

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