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Book Title: The Spotted Dog Last Seen|
Date of issue: July 29th 2013
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The author of the book: Jessica Scott Kerrin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 468 KB
Edition: Groundwood Books
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While tracking clues from a secret code penciled in the margins of mystery novels at a public library, Derek Knowles-Collier discovers a time capsule, an unpublished author and a gravestone that may finally put his haunting past to rest.
At Queensview Elementary, grade-six students are required to complete a community service unit as part of their school curriculum. Derek Knowles-Collier was sick when groups were assigned, so he is stuck with what's leftover: landscape and repair duty at the local cemetery.
Derek is not happy about his assignment. When he was very young, his friend Dennis was killed by a car after running into the road to catch a ball. Ever since, Derek has had recurring nightmares, and he is afraid that spending time in a cemetery will make it even harder for him to sleep through the night.
It's a relief, therefore, when his group's lessons on all aspects of cemetery care are so interesting and strange that Derek just doesn't have time to dwell on his experience with death. And when it rains, the lessons take place in the nearby public library, which takes him out of the cemetery altogether, at least for an afternoon.
One day, a book arrives at the library, an anonymous donation that happens every year. On reading the book, Derek and his group mates find a secret code written on an inside margin. One code leads to the next, with the last code leading the students to a time capsule.
Through a series of discoveries and deductions, Derek and his friends discover who has been sending books to the library every year. They also discover the truth behind Dennis's long-ago death, which means that Derek is finally able to put his terrifying memories (and his nightmares) to rest.
INCLUDES A SECRET CODE FOR READERS TO DECIPHER!
Read information about the authorJessica Scott Kerrin is a Canadian children’s writer who is best known for her fiction books for boys, including an eight-book series called Martin Bridge, a trilogy called The Lobster Chronicles, and two new mystery novels called The Spotted Dog Last Seen and The Missing Dog is Spotted. Literary critics from Horn Book, Kirkus Starred Reviews, School Library Journal, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail claim that she adds much-needed male protagonists to early chapter-book readers.
Her work has been a finalist for the Book of the Year for Children Award by the Canadian Library Association, the John Spray Mystery Award (Canadian Children’s Book Centre), The Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers Award, and Atlantic Canada Children’s Choice (Hackmatack) Awards. Her work is also included in the New York Public Library’s Top 100 Children’s Books, the Association of Canadian Publishers’ Top Grade Canlit for Classrooms, Best Books of Exceptional Caliber by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Best of Books by Horn Book, the Junior Library Guild Premier Selection and the Notable Books List by the American Library Association.
Jessica’s initial bucket list included having an astronaut autograph her first book about rockets. Having accomplished that feat, she’s now added new items to her bucket list like having her stories translated into many different languages, seeing her work performed on stage or on screen, and meeting a published young writer whom Jessica helped inspire as part of a school book tour. That would be awesome!
Born and raised in Alberta, where she completed a degree in political science and psychology from the University of Calgary, Jessica moved to Halifax to study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Upon graduation with a fine arts degree, she later completed a graduate degree in public administration from Dalhousie University. She now resides in downtown Halifax, surrounded by shipyards, fog and historic cemeteries, where she continues to build her writing career, favoring east coast characters and settings for all her work.
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