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The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar (First Kids #2)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Would someone actually send real diamonds to a dog? Now that one of the gems is missing, first kids Cammie and Tessa Parks are no longer so sure that the big, fat, diamonds on their dog Hooligan's new collar are imitations. A sequel to The Case of The Rock 'N Roll dog.
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Holiday House (first published September 16th 2011)
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Amber Ditullio
When First Kids Cammie and Tessa receive a diamond dog collar for the First Dog, Holligan, they know the huge diamonds can't be real? Can they? When one diamond, then the whole collar disappears, the girls think something may be up. Especially when it comes on the heals of the disappearance of a large diamond from the nation that the collar was originally sent from. That's when they put on their detecting hats and search the White House grounds to find out the truth behind Holligan's new collar. ...more
Book 2 in "A First Kids Mystery" series. Cammie and Tessa's mother is the president of the US. (Dad appears to have a job which keeps him away a lot, but it's never discussed.) Cammie and Tessa live in the White House with their parents, their grandmother, their aunt (who functins as White House hostess), and their cousin Nate. And their dog Hooligan.

Hooligan receives a gift of a dog collar from the dog belonging to "the president of a nearby nation." It's red, studded with 12 big (fake) diamon
This is the second book in the First Kid’s Mysteries series. Cammie and Tessa are trying to control their dog Hooligan. He almost creates an international incident and a dog trainer is brought in to help him become a better behaved dog. After Hooligan decides to chance a helicopter Tessa notices that one of the fake diamonds on his collar is missing. This is just the type of mystery that Tessa likes to solve. But what happens when the diamonds might be real, the suspect list includes Grandma’s ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
I found it really difficult to get through this book. Not only did the plot feel muddled and drawn-out, but there were a lot of characters to keep track of, and many words that I thought would be unfamiliar and especially difficult for new readers. I appreciated the fact that the girls recapped their evidence and suspects at various points in the book, because it did help me keep track of what information was still missing from the overall picture. I was disappointed, though, to realize that the ...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Jun 02, 2012 Charlyn Trussell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 3-5
First dog Hooligan has a new dog collar sent by the dog of the president of a nearby country. The ornate collar sports 12 sparkling jewels that first children Cammie and Tess believe are rhinestones until one jewel disappears and then a very large diamond disappears from that same nearby country. Could the two missing jewels have something in common? Could the jewels of Hooligan's collar really be diamonds, not rhinestones? Cammie and Tess and their cousin Nate are determined to find the answers ...more
Melissa Dwyer
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Audience: 3-5th grade students, children who love a simple mystery
Appeal: This book involves a mystery that is not gory, does not involve death or serious danger. It is good for students who want an introduction to mysteries, and who love to try and solve the mystery before the author reveals the answer.
Kris Patrick
Flawed in more ways than I have the energy to quantify on a summer afternoon. Let's just say it felt more fantastical than the last Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (4-6) that I read, and that book involved a haunted house, witches' familiars, and magical paintings.
Linda Seifert
I think it is an entertaining story that all 9-10 year olds would enjoy. I intend to let my grandchildren read it. I highly recommend it for children to read. I have a niece that is just the right age to enjoy this book.
Another nice read in teh First Kids mystery series. Great book to recommend to advanced early readers. Stories are interesting with great facts about the ins and outs of the White House.
We found this a surprising Young Hoosier choice. We read it aloud it felt very young and sort of silly compared to other nominees.
Dec 02, 2012 Reagan added it
I liked it because I like dogs. I also like diamonds.
Jun 26, 2012 Lisa marked it as to-read
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