King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code (King & Kayla #2)

by Dori Hillestad Butler (Author) Nancy Meyers (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: King & Kayla
A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery. Kayla and Mason both got mysterious letters, written in code. What does Kayla know? --The same person left both letters. It's someone she and Mason both know. The two letters are the same, except for the second word. What does King know? --Jillian left the letters. What do the letters say?
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Gr 1-2--King and Kayla are solving mysteries for a younger generation in this prequel to Butler's "The Buddy Files" series. The stories are told from the perspective of King, a golden retriever with a nose for solving mysteries. In the Case of the Missing Dog Treats, three treats go missing and Kayla suspects King. Innocent King knows that an intruder has snuck in and must be found out. Is the real culprit Thor, Jillian's new puppy? Or is it Adam, Jillian's brother? Or someone else altogether? In the Case of the Secret Code, Kayla receives a strange letter on her doorstep that she cannot read. King smells oatmeal on the letter and knows only of one person who smells like oatmeal. Kayla and her friend Mason work to decipher the secret code, while King keeps trying, unsuccessfully, to tell them he knows who sent the letter. This new series features colorful illustrations and accessible tales told in short, simple sentences. It's a perfect option for newly independent readers ready to start transitioning from easy readers to beginning chapter books. VERDICT Transitional readers are always in demand, and this series is a worthy contribution to any collection serving brand-new readers.--Lisa Nabel, Tacoma Public Library, WA

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Dori Hillestad Butler
Dori Hillestad Butler's books have appeared on children's choice award lists in 18 different states. Trading Places with Tank Talbott won the Maryland Children's Choice Award in 2007. And The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. Dori has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins, Unicorn Club, and Boxcar Children series, and a children's book reviewer for several publications. She's published numerous short stories, plays, and educational materials, and has served as the Iowa Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators' Regional Advisor. She grew up in southern Minnesota and now lives in Coralville, Iowa, with her husband, son, dog, and cat. She visits schools and leads writing workshops all over the country.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781561458783
Lexile Measure
430
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Peachtree Publishers
Publication date
March 07, 2017
Series
King & Kayla
BISAC categories
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV028000 - Juvenile Fiction | Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
Dogs
Mystery and detective stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Ciphers
Code and cipher stories

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