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Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle (The Pet Shop Society #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  61 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews

New from the multiple award-winning author of the Bird Brain Books series, is a lower grade mystery series for kids 7-11 years old.

Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand

Evolved Publishing presents the first book in "The Pet Shop Society" series of mystery/detective stories centered around some young amateur sleuths and, of course, their parents' pet shop. [DRM-

Kindle Edition, 43 pages
Published September 26th 2015 by Evolved Publishing LLC
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Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
A very short chapter book for young readers.

Mike is a sixth grade boy who has a crush on Nic (Nicole) but as far as he knows, she doesn't realize he exists. When she barges into his family's pet shop his luck is about to change. Nic's dog is missing and she needs help finding her beloved pooch. So Mike, his sister and their respective best friends team up to solve the mystery.

A light-hearted story but some great, real life moral and reasoning skill lessons. It is well thought out and balanced
Amy Miller
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a boy in his pre-teen years. Mike Adams he and his sister go on the hunt for a girl (Nic's) dog. Since he likes her so much he wants to do everything in his power to help her find her missing animal. With the help of his sister they discover that they must retrace the dogs steps for the day to see what happened to him and where he is at.
I thought this was such a cute story that shows that if you work together you can do anything you put your mind to. It also teaches that so
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

We received this book as part of a review blitz for an honest review.

I was kind of wondering how K would have enjoyed this book. One being it is a chapter book and second there are no pictures. We read a chapter a night and there are only 8 chapters so it only took us 8 days to finish it. K was okay with it being a chapter book and he said he thought it was funny how the dog escaped. I liked the little lesson within the story about lying and how you should
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle is a fantastically entertaining story brimming with mystery, friendship, and fun.

Mike and his twin sister Maddie couldn't be more different. Mike loves sports and Maddie loves books, but when the new girl's dog winds up missing they put their differences aside to help. Nic is frantic when she realizes her dog, Baxter, isn't in the yard where he's supposed to be. She stops by Mike and Maddie's mom's pet shop to see if they've seen Baxter. Mike has had a crush on
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great book! I loved the detective aspect of this story. Everyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Encyclopedia Brown. Anything that involves sleuthing and detecting is right up my alley. I truly enjoyed the way the crew (Mike, Maddie, Tyler, Bree, and Nic) worked together to look for the lost dog. The scene where Mike had to pretend to be a dog while they figured out potential escape routes was classic. I really enjoyed the fact that they decided to form The Pet Shop Society. A special no ...more
Lynda Dickson
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 7+
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Mike and his friend Tyler try to help new girl Nic find her lost Labradoodle. They are joined by Mike's twin sister Maddie and her friend Bree, who are the brains of the operation. However, everyone brings their own unique talents to the group, and together they succeed in finding Nic's dog. Buoyed by their success, they form a detective agency named The Pet Shop Society, so called because they meet at the pet store run by Mike and Maddie's mother.

The story is clever, well-paced, and told with h
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very fun story about a 12 year old boy named Mike and his best friend,Tyler..Mike has a twin sister,Maddie who is a bookworm totally the opposite of Mike. MIke and Maddie's mom owns a pet shop,where each of them like to hang out with their best friends after school. One day,a girl named Nic comes into the shop crying and asks Mike and Tyler,if they have seen her dog, Baxter? Maddie and Bree come out from the back room to tell her that this store is to sell people pets,not help them fin ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very quick read for younger MG readers. The plot is fairly simple and predictable, designed with budding readers in mind. The classic element of friendship is present, and there is a touch of a crush going on among two characters.

Mike and Maddie's mother owns the pet shop in town. It is Nic Chang's first stop when looking for her lost dog, Baxter. Mike, Maddie and their two best friends resolve to help Nic unravel the mystery of her lost dog, and they start at the scene of the crime.

Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle is a cute story that's aimed at younger readers - ages 8-12, I'd say - but young-at-heart adults might like reading it themselves, or to their younger children(under 8 years old).

It's about a brother and sister who decide to help the new girl in their town find her missing dog. It's a little on the shorter side, but it's fun, easy to read, and enjoyable. It sort of takes me back to being a kid. I'd read stories like this growing up.

Anyway, Mike and his sister
Mary Lou Hoffman
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Mike and the Dog-gone Labradoodle is a cute and easy read for early readers ready to begin chapter books.

The children, Mike, Maddie, Nic, Bree, and Tyler, are all in the 6th grade. I think this is perfect for 1st-5th graders to be reading, since they tend to idolize the biggest kids in the elementary school.

In this first book in the series, Mike and Tyler are best friends, Bree and Maddie are also best friends, and Nic is the new girl in town. They team up to find Nic’s missing do
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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REVIEW BY: Angel, age 12 years, 11 months


This is a fun short story with a mysterious mystery! I love how the mystery of the disappearing dog relates to a tween's everyday life!

Twins, Mike and Maddie, have been different since they were born, but when Mike's school crush; Nic, loses her dog, Mike and his best friend Tyler go out of their way to find where they
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm reading the Pet Shop Society books for a challenge I joined.

The first book in the Pet Shop Society series sets up the continuation of the series by getting a group of friends together to solve a mystery. Once they've successfully solved it, they decide they want to be a club, thus making it possible for future books.

I think this book would be great for elementary school readers. It's engaging and the person telling the story, Mike, is a 12 year old boy and we definitely hear the story as if
Dawn Malone
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read this book because it combines two elements that I enjoy in a story: a mystery to solve and a dog. Emlyn Chand's tale of a group of young sleuths looking for a friend's dog will provide young readers a fun reading experience. Main character Mike and his twin sister Maddie along with their friends Tyler and Bree hunt the neighborhood for Baxter who has escaped Nic Chang's yard. Mike narrates their mission while looking for clues to Baxter's whereabouts, and he's especially fu ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.

When I was a little girl, I loved reading! Kids these days have way too many things to do that keep them away from reading. That is sad! Their entire days are scheduled down to the minute. Homework, sports, electronics take the place of reading a good book!

This book is the perfect book to get your child to love reading! It is a cute, quick story about animals and friends. What could be better? Mike, his sister Maddie, and their friends
I super love mystery books and this one certainly did not fail. However, it seemed like the dialogues among the characters -- and even the narrations -- were a little too 'young-ish' considering that they are actually in sixth grade. I seem to remember more mature conversations (think Harry Potter) when I was around this age.

I think that the book will appeal to younger kids though (still within the age range indicated but probably more for 6-8 year old kids). My daughter is way too young (2yo) t
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mike and his friend Tyler are hanging out at the pet shop Mike's mum owns. When a crying Nic, who Mike secretly has a crush on, arrives looking for her missing dog Baxter Mike decides to help her look for him and ropes Tyler in too.

The initial search ends with a fail and Mike and Tyler are late back for dinner, Mike's twin sister Maddie was supposed to let their mum know where he was but didn't as she thought that it was his responsibility. The twins are like chalk and cheese and there is the us
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover reminds me of the days when I was reading Sweet Valley Twins.

It's a quick and interesting book. The story draws me in as if I were a kid again, eager to find out the missing dog's whereabouts.

This mystery is perfect for kids who are 7-11 years old since it's not complicated.

It's really nice as an event could prove to be beneficial to Mike and his sister. It's a positive change as the story progresses.

I would definitely recommend it to moms who have kids of the mentioned age range.
Evelyn Nathalia
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I like this short and fun story.

This story starts from Nic's dog is gone and since Mike had a tiny crush at Nic, he wanted to impress her by helping her find the dog. When Maddie and her best friend started helping too, they started to find more clues leading to to the discovery of finding the dog.

The story is really good with the thought evoking discovery. I like it when Maddie started pointing out what some people might missed and Mike's enthusiasm in helping Nic.

I can't wait to read Maddie's
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*

My son and I decided to do a December reading challenge. This is the first book on our list to read together. We really enjoyed this little mystery. He thinks this book reminds him of Scooby and the gang solving mysteries. His favorite part is when the kids found Baxter. Baxter was a pretty smart dog and definitely my son's favorite character. We are looking forward to reading the next book together.

Ashley Howland
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike and his twin sister Maddie, don’t see eye to eye. That all changes when Nic Chang’s Labradoodle goes missing. Suddenly Mike needs Maddie’s help to find the dog. They join Nic with their two best friends and work together to retrace the dog’s steps. This is a great book for kids who are reading chapter books. It is simple, but interesting. Kids will relate to the characters and look forward to the next mystery.
Laura Reading
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun read for late elementary to middle school readers.
Good book about making friends and learning to work in cooperation with siblings.
I enjoyed seeing how their minds worked through the problems of thinking like the missing dog.
Good lesson in being open and honest when speaking to parents.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a little older than the intended audience for this book, but I love it!

I think that kids of all ages will enjoy the story. It is about finding a lost dog, and in the process finding new friends.

I would highly recommend it to all young people!
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a totally cute story. The kids enjoyed my reading it to them. They loved the animals.. they loved the kids.. the adventure was awesome. The fact that the kids got into trouble and had to get out of trouble. We loved it all and am so glad we got to review it
Melissa Storm
The first in my new mystery series for kids, coming soon!
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. Kids are going to love this! I look forward to more! Well written and story is easy to follow.
Inderpreet Uppal
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A dog gets lost and the search that follows leads to new friendships and better understanding between siblings. The hotshot new girl of the school Nic loses her dog and the twins Mike and Maddie offer to help her along with their friends.

They help each other and their new friend and realize the importance of listening and supporting others. The Pet Shop Society is formed by all five of them and this is just the beginning of their adventures.

I enjoyed the relaxed tone and language of the book, v
Jane Ritz
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Mike and the Dog Gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand and found that this book is wonderful. It tells the story of Mike and his twin sister Maddie. They are twins but are different as night and day. Their relationship changes when Nic, a girl that Mike really likes, comes into his mother’s pet shop crying because she had lost her dog. Mike and his friend went with her to look for the dog while Maddie remained at the pet shop. Later in day when Mike, Nic and his friend had no luck in finding th ...more
Oh My Bookness
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it

This is a story about Mike a young teenage boy and Maggie his sister that doesn’t see things the same way, a new girl Nic stops at the pet shop that their mother owns searching desperately for her Labradoodle. Mike having a crush on Nic decided he would volunteer to help search for her dog, along with Mikes sister Maddie and two friends. Each one of the friends bring their own skills to the hunt to solve the mystery disappearance of Nic dog Baxter, they wound up to the escape scene, where it hap
Shelle Perry
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle follows Mike Adams as he tries to impress the new girl in school, Nic, by helping her find her lost dog. When an afternoon spent with his best friend Tyler, along with Nic, looking all over town for the dog comes up empty, Mike is forced to admit that his twin sister Maddie and her best friend Bree might have some great ideas. Only by all five of the sixth graders joining forces can they hope to piece together where Baxter may have gotten off to and who knows wh ...more
Barbara Ann
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
First in a series of mystery detective chapter books for young readers in the seven to eleven age group. The eight chapters are only five or six pages each, and they are content referenced in The Table of Contents. Book is perfect for a teacher read aloud or an independent reluctant reader as the text provides a good balance of humor, interesting characters, and an age appropriate story line.

Main characters, Maddie and Mike are sixth grade twins who could not be more opposite. Maddie loves readi
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Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. She used to write under the pseudonym Emlyn Chand, but finally had the confidence to come out as herself to the world. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa's way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

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