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Tramp: A Detective's Story

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The world's best dog detective can't be taught his sleuthing skills. They are in his genes passed down through the generations. Tramp realizes this after he is taken forcefully from his home and put up for sale in the neighborhood pet store. He makes friends with an assortment of very smart animals and yes, a human family that loves him. He soon discovers that with the hel ...more
Paperback, 163 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by North Star Press of St. Cloud
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Dave Revere
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tramp is a hero you will fall in love with. He's Lassie and Humphrey Bogart put together. He's a no-nonsense private eye that isn't above face licking.

Tramp, in case you haven't figured it out, is a dog. This story is just as much about him discovering his own detective powers as it is a crime caper involving an animal napping operation. I especially love the way Tramp learns how to communicate with humans. Without spoiling it, I'll say that it will make perfect sense to any boy or girl who like
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Carolyn
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For me, the key to whether I love a book or not is whether I fall in love with the main character. Tramp is a character I fell for right away, as he was taken from the heart of his family and had to make his way on his own, first at the pet store and then with his new humans, the Kennedys. The mystery was engaging and fun, but even more compelling was the way Tramp discovered the detecting strengths native to his Lhasa/poodle breeding – and the way he built a new family among his human and anima ...more
Venus
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tramp may seem like a regular dog, but he is anything but ordinary. When Tramp is taken from his home and sent to a neighborhood pet store, all he cares about is finding a family. Little does he know that those friends from the pet shop will become part of his work as a detective. Smart, quick, and able to understand humans, Tramp sets about to solve a mystery with the help of the animals and humans that he has come to know and love throughout his neighborhood.

I readily admit I have never been a
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Alan
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tramp is kind of an urban Hank the Cow Dog. Like Hank, Tramp is a detective worth his Milkbone Dog Biscuits. Instead of canine coyotes, Tramp is up against a gang of human coyotes of the worst sort. If you like intrigue, betrayal, mystery and rolling in dead fish then you’ll love this doggie detective story. I recommend it for ages 7 to 10 and their parents.
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I really liked this book. Was sweet and fun to read. Really well written. I just couldn't put it down. Had a smile on my face the whole way through. Love tramp and his family. Really lovely little book.
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Becky
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tramp and his gang from Big Bob's pet shop all have something in common, what is it? Tramp uses his gift for smell to solve the mystery.
This is a fun read for middle grade students. Nice message with little violence.
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Bill Kennedy started writing stories as a child. He wrote an adult novel "The Singing Bone," to discover more about his father who never spoke about the old country. He received his MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. He now focuses his writing on middle grade novels that feature Tramp, the world’s best dog detective. He lives in North Dak ...more

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