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The Case of the Lost Boy (Buddy Files #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  647 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
"My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective."
King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he's been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn't his beloved human (Kayla) come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy!


And just as Connor and Buddy start to get acquainted, Connor disapp
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Hardcover, 123 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Turtleback Books (first published 2010)
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Tracy
Jul 30, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the first chapter books that had my non-fiction loving 7 year old begging for one more chapter, and then another. He liked that there were real problem that the characters were facing. He really connected with the characters and was genuinely concerned for the boy's safety. Great for my second graders.
Robin J.
Feb 07, 2013 Robin J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'am currently reading the book The Case of the Lost Boy, The Budy Files by Dori Hillestad Butler. In this book there is a dog, and his name is king. His owner (Kayla) left him at the pound. King feels like his owner Kayla left him and now he's sad, But I think Kayla really went on trip It doesn't say that in the book but that is my infrence. Once my mom was late from picking me up and I thought she had forgot about me, But it was just really bad traffic.
A family came to the pound and was looki
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Joan Gagan
King, the Golden Retriever has been put in the P-O-U-N-D and he doesn't understand why. His family has disappeared and he must solve the mystery of where they went. At the pound, he gets picked by a mother and her son who smell like King's old neighborhood. Instead of being called King, he is now called Buddy. Buddy, really? "That's a wimp's name." Soon not only does Buddy need to solve the mystery of what happened to his family, he needs to find the boy who took him from the pound. While walkin ...more
Moira
Aug 18, 2010 Moira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
OK, this is a truly great book. I don't usually write reviews of children's books because I like to be totally honest in my reviews and I don't want to hurt the feelings of any of my fellow writer friends or friends-to-be. But this was SO GREAT that I have to shout it out. Butler captures a dog's psyche better than anyone (including the author of The Art of Racing int the Rain) - I am convinced that she speaks DOG as well as, well, any dog. I mean, she states that dogs never say the word P-O-U-N ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I love animals and couldn't resist this book even though it is for "younger" readers. It was flat out adorable, very touching, and made me laugh, cry, and then laugh some more. King (the dog) is so perfect as a detective and the author did a great job keeping King a dog even though she was giving him a clearly human element in his detective skills (for example when a human mentions a period of time- "a week", King's first problem was figuring out how long a week is).

I read it in one sitting and
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Nola Decker
Jan 17, 2015 Nola Decker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nola by: Dori Hillestad Butler
Shelves: chapter-books
I don't give out 5-star reviews very often but this book really had everything in it that I was looking for. The voice of the POV character--Buddy/King the dog--was so spot on! I work with dogs professionally and most of the books I read with dog characters just leave me with a stomach-ache. Buddy's voice was exactly what I think some of my Golden Retriever friends would sound like if they could articulate. The recurring statement of "I LOVE [bacon/turkey sandwiches/steak/etc]! It's my favorite ...more
KathyP
Mar 14, 2015 KathyP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give reviews for precocious readers, because they have different needs than the age-appropriate readers. Precocious readers are not always emotionally ready for some things in books written for 3-4 grade. This is such a book.

I read this after my 6 year old read it. If I had read it before, I may not have let her read it. It is an engaging book. My daughter really enjoyed it. She said it did not frighten her.

There are two chapters where Buddy/King thinks the boy was kidnapped. Then, he realize
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Jessica
Jun 29, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I picked this up as a possible read aloud book to an 8 year old I was tutoring. I never got a chance to read this to her but I loved this book. Then I found out it's a series. So now I'm on book 3. They are really cute, and even though I'm not a big dog person, I loved the dog-turned-detective. King, or Buddy as his new name becomes, is trying to solve the mystery of his disappearing family. He ends up at the pound and luckily gets adopted by nice new people but he can't help wondering what happ ...more
Angie
Not a huge fan. I guess the kids will like it OK. This is one I will have to feign some enthusiasm for, though. Will remind myself that some of them really will really enjoy the "dog voice." :X
Mloy
Dec 20, 2015 Mloy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an usually serious book for its target audience. The main protagonist Buddy (or King) is such a charismatic character, the reader cannot help but fall in love with him. His backstory is most definitely heartwarming (if not a little heartbreaking) but his adventures (I've read two so far) are always engaging and Buddy (King) and the rest of the other supporting characters, like his best friend and neighbor, Mouse, are so charming that the story is a lot of fun to read. At its core, this i ...more
Jan Carlson
Although I didn't care for this book, I'm guessing that seven and eight year olds might. I think it's supposed to be humorous, but I found it annoying. King winds up in the pound when his family goes missing. He's adopted by a recently divorced woman and her son who is homesick for California and his dad. King becomes Buddy. King/Buddy is constantly making lists which are included in the book. He also constantly mentions his favorite food, which is every food he smells or eats or thinks about. A ...more
Brenda Gough
Nov 26, 2014 Brenda Gough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Seikaiha
Jul 01, 2014 Seikaiha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been kind of special for me to read dog stories for quite a long time in the past. I even often wept on TV dramas with a dog. I lost my dog when I was around seven. You can read a bit longer story about my dog in my review on the third book of this series.

So, I have a soft spot for dog stories. But I can also be strict.

I like the dog's point of view and how King/Buddy and his friends describe humans and the human society. That might not be nothing new, but I like the wording too. I recomm
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Michele Knott
Ready for chapter books? Like dogs and mysteries and books that are a series? Look no further!
King is a golden retriever who has a mystery, well actually 2 mysteries, to solve! King finds himself in the P-O-U-N-D (that's a bad word in doggy talk) at the beginning of the book because he has lost his family! The people he lives with have gone missing and he's found himself in the P-O-U-N-D! He is able to escape from there by being adopted by his new family. And even better, his new family lives ri
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Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 1-3

King, a golden retriever, is in the p-o-u-n-d and he doesn't know why! His family, Dad and Kayla (Mom is in the National Guard and not at home) went on vacation to Grandma's house and they never came home!

But now that King is in the pound, other families are looking at him and he is ADOPTED!!!! His new family calls him Buddy! How can King be adopted when Kayla and Dad are missing and he needs to find them?

Buddy/King likes his new family - Conor and Mom are great and have
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Sue Morris
4.5 Stars

King is in the pound, unceremoniously dumped there by his human’s Uncle Marty. King had been staying at a kennel, but his stay was up so he transferred to a neighbor’s home. It is from here that the Uncle took King. He was then adopted by a new family (even though it is suppose to be the dog who does the adopting, King went with them). They recently moved into the neighborhood his human Kayla lives in. King is excited because he needs to find Kayla and her dad, who have not returned fro
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Julia
Dec 14, 2011 Julia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah W
King is renamed Buddy by the family that takes him out of the pound. While the dog is glad to be out of that place, he's not pleased about this adoption. First, the whole thing is backwards from his point of view. The dog is supposed to pick the family and not the other way around. Second, he already has a family. Mom is serving overseas. Kayla and Dad went to visit Grandma and then never came back. Buddy spent time at a kennel and then an uncle's before landing in the pound where the new mom an ...more
Susan
Aug 11, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktalkers
A delightful read for those just getting comfortable with chapter books--and it's a mystery to boot! Buddy (aka King)is eager to solve the mystery of his missing family but has come up against a major stumbling block: he's in the p-o-u-n-d. Fortunately, a woman and her child (who smells sad)adopt him. Buddy's excited because he can smell the familiar scents of his old neighborhood on his rescuers and plans to start the hunt for his real family as soon as he can. Imagine his joy when he discovers ...more
Cindy
Jul 15, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy the Golden Retriever narrates this wonderful romp through the definition and redefinition of family. He is an engaging dog, and struggles with the universal dog frustration: how do I make these people understand? Buddy manages, and along the way, he encounters a lot of dropped food - every nibble his favorite food!

This first book in The Buddy Files, The Case of the Lost Boy, introduces us to Buddy, formerly known as King, a family loving Golden Retriever. King loved his first family, but l
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Jackie
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy is an introduction to mysteries within an early chapter book. Buddy, the dog, aka King has been taken to the P-O-U-N-D. His family left him behind, but he can't figure out why. That's when Connor and his mom come along. The adopt him...see, they just moved to Minnesota from California. He knows Connor is sad, but he can't figure out why.

As they are out for a walk, Connor disappears. Buddy thinks it may be a kidnapping, but then gets another idea. A BUS!
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Joanne Zienty
Can't keep the books in this series on the shelves. Buddy, previously known as King, is a dog with a mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he's been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn't his beloved human, Kayla, come to rescue him? When Buddy/King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing, because his new BFF Connor suddenly disappears. Can Buddy solve the mystery? Maybe he can, with a little help from new pals, Mouse (a very large dog) and the nameless cat who hangs around ...more
Emily
Nov 26, 2011 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
King, a golden retriever, is in the p-o-u-n-d and he doesn't know why! His family, Dad and Kayla (Mom is in the National Guard and not at home) went on vacation to Grandma's house and they never came home!

But now that King is in the pound, other families are looking at him and he is ADOPTED!!!! His new family calls him Buddy! How can King be adopted when Kayla and Dad are missing and he needs to find them?

Buddy/King likes his new family - Conor and Mom are great and have lots of liver treats, pl
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Noni
Aug 22, 2010 Noni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book to use with young children. Told from the dog's perspective. His family has had to leave him with a neighbor while they were away but circumstances changed and the dog was taken to the P-O-U-N-D. Thankfully he was adopted by a very nice woman and her son Connor, the boy, and King, the dog both have problems. Connor isn't happy about his parent's divorce that left his father in California as his mother has accepted a job across the miles as a school principal. King isn't happy th ...more
Karen Arendt
Such an adorable story of a dog named King, who has been renamed Buddy after being adopted at the pound. His human, Kayla, has disappeared and he wants to find her. He fancies himself a detective because he and Kayla solved mysteries all the time. Buddy/King "allows" himself to be adopted by this new boy and be named Buddy. The new boy disappears and Buddy tries to find him. The story has charm and appeal. Buddy's favorite food is Cheerios until the next food comes along: bacon, jelly donuts, et ...more
Maryl
Reading this book in a book club for upper elementary school (somewhat reluctant) readers. They are only about 1/3 in and can't wait to read the next books in the series. They think it's hilarious. It reminds me of a tween version of "The Art of Racing in the Rain." Great for teaching predicting.
Sarah
So I both liked this book and was horrified by it. The dog was cute, the level was easy and vocabulary appropriate, I even thought that the dog loving all foods was funny. What stuck out to me were these huge looming issues like the dogs being killed at the pound, some creepy guy kidnapping kids, and the whole dog being sent to the pound and not believing it has been abandoned. Its like encouraging a little kid to continue to live in denial that a loved one has died, but I don't know if my insti ...more
Kirsten
Mar 12, 2014 Kirsten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juv, paws-to-read
King is a Dog and he's a Detective, what more needs to be said?
The books in this series are about 120ish pages. The print is large and there are some illustrations. But there are not a lot of pictures. I'm thinking that this series would be a good fit for most 2nd and 3rd Graders.
Paula  Phillips
Feb 22, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Case of the Lost Boy introduces us to Buddy - The Golden Retriever , however he wasn't always known as Buddy. A few weeks ago, his name was King and he was the dog of Kayla . King and Kayla were a crime solving duo and then one day Kayla and her family disappeared leaving King behind. King ends up at the pound , where he is adopted by a new family- Connor and his mum. They rename King -Buddy . All is going well until Connor disappears too. Is somebody stealing the children King/Buddy loves ? ...more
Charlyn
Mar 20, 2011 Charlyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Charlyn by: Texas Bluebonnet Reading List 2011
A golden retriever named King has ended up in the pound after the family who placed him in a kennel never returned for him. King has solved mysteries in the past and now he needs to escape from the pound to locate his lost family. When he is adopted by Connor and his mother, he moves right back into his old neighborhood. But before the dog newly-renamed Buddy can begin solving the mystery of his old owners, a new mystery begins: Connor disappears while the two are on a walk around the neighborho ...more
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Dori Hillestad Butler grew up writing, for she had no brothers or sisters to play with until she was eight years old. The first book she published was The Great Tooth Fairy Rip-Off , it took her many years to sell that book, followed by four more picture books. She then started writing YA books short stories have appeared in anthologies entitled, The Green Umbrella and Other Sports Stories (Hig ...more
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