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Girl's Best Friend by Leslie Margolis
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Aug 19, 11

bookshelves: c2010, tween, mystery, juvenile-fiction, realistic-fiction
Read from August 16 to 19, 2011

This is a sweet story about a girl who's a dog walker and solves mysteries while doing it. It's marketed to Nancy Drew fans; I'm not entirely convinced about that comparison but it will appeal to girls who enjoy a bit of a puzzle and some unique characters along with their realistic fiction.

SLJ did a great review so I'm including it here for plot point reference--

From School Library Journal
Gr 5-7–Twelve-year-old Maggie Brooklyn is a dog-walker and a wannabe Nancy Drew. She gets her first chance to sleuth when neighborhood dogs begin disappearing. The dognappings are mysteriously introduced in the prologue, but more crimes slowly appear as readers meet and get to know the protagonist. The pacing keeps kids looking for additional clues and gives Maggie a chance to prove what they suspect. Not only does she expose the thief, but she also solves a second mystery–her landlady's missing fortune. That mystery weaves quietly in and out of the chapters as Maggie deals with the missing pets, her crush on Milo, her friend-enemy Ivy, and her busy schedule of dog-walking (plus, keeping it a secret from her parents). Characters are well-developed, typical preteens. Readers will easily identify with these seventh graders, and they will love the eccentric landlady who adds a bit of humor. Mystery fans will enjoy this lighthearted whodunit.–Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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