The Resource Woof : a Bowser and Birdie novel, Spencer Quinn

Woof : a Bowser and Birdie novel, Spencer Quinn

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Woof : a Bowser and Birdie novel
Title
Woof
Title remainder
a Bowser and Birdie novel
Statement of responsibility
Spencer Quinn
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen--so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous
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  • Grades 3-5 Since Birdie’s dad died and her mom is often gone working on an oil rig, she lives with her grandmother, who operates Gaux Family Fish and Bait. For her birthday, Birdie gets to adopt slobbery, distractible mutt Bowser, but when they bring him home from the pound, they discover her grandmother’s prized stuffed marlin has been stolen from the wall of their store. After Bowser discovers a cigar butt by the boat dock, Birdie starts investigating the theft. Her prime suspect is Old Man Straker, their family’s archrival, but the sheriff brushes off her concerns. Undeterred, she keeps sleuthing and uncovers stories of a treasure map hidden in the marlin. Narrated by the flighty and unreliable Bowser, much of the book’s humor and foreshadowing comes thorough the dog’s flawed retelling of events. Quinn’s sense of place and cast of eccentric characters really shine through from Bowser’s perspective, and though the dog’s relentlessly poor memory wears thin at times, overall, the story is an engaging, promising start to a new middle-grade mystery series. -- Harold, Suzanne (Reviewed 06-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 19)
  • 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 --Stacy Dillon (Reviewed February 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 2, p92)
  • In a Louisiana bayou town, a girl and her dog set out to solve a mystery, battling bad guys and big gators along the way.This original whodunit is narrated by an exuberant dog named Bowser, who has just been adopted by 11-year-old Birdie Gaux. Birdie and her grandmother are shocked to discover that a prized stuffed fish, Black Jack, has just been stolen from the family's fish-and-bait store. How could a stuffed fish be worth stealing? Maybe if there's a treasure map hidden inside. Birdie and Bowser begin to investigate in earnest, their sleuthing involving everything from breaking into rival establishment Straker's World Famous Fishing Emporium, gathering clues at the library and the local assisted living facility, and traipsing through the bayou at night in search of the treasure that Birdie's grandfather supposedly hid there so many years ago. Although it's Birdie and Bowser who keep the plot zipping along, the unlikely detectives are surrounded by memorable characters both good and bad. And despite the villains, silliness and humor are paramount here, thanks to Bowser's playful narration. Utterly charmed by a spunky girl and her charismatic canine, mystery fans will find themselves looking forward to a return to the little bayou town of St. Roch. (Mystery. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10410700
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Quinn, Spencer
Dewey number
  • [Fic]
  • 813.6
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 650L
  • Decoding demand: 91 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 90 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 86 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
4.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bowser and Birdie novel
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mutts (Dogs)
  • Dogs
  • Theft
  • Mystery and detective stories
  • Dogs
  • Stealing
  • Bayous
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Dogs
  • Mutts (Dogs)
  • Theft
  • Louisiana
  • Louisiana
  • Louisiana
Target audience
pre adolescent
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a Bowser and Birdie novel
Label
Woof : a Bowser and Birdie novel, Spencer Quinn
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Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1079213
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9780545643313
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014031181
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545643313
  • (OCoLC)888025738
Label
Woof : a Bowser and Birdie novel, Spencer Quinn
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1079213
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
293 pages
Isbn
9780545643313
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014031181
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545643313
  • (OCoLC)888025738

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