Children’s book author Kara Mugleston has always loved writing and began her storytelling at the young age of seven. Back then she’d put paper to pen alongside her dad who was working on a book. These days, Kara still enjoys using an ink pen to start her storymaking and gets her mind in the game by watching silly dog videos online, an appropriate act since her new middle-grade novel, Hopscotch and the Case of the Missing Memories involves a loveable and clever rescue dog named—what else? —Hopscotch.
Kara believes a good story is one that is captivating and relatable to the reader, where there is a strong connection to the main character and you feel that you are in the story with them. Her hope is that her books help to instill a lifelong love of reading in her young readers, and that it gives them an opportunity to unwind and enjoy their time absorbed in the story. Hailing from Utah, Kara is a huge animal lover whose secret dream is to live on a farm with goats, pigs, cows, you name it. But for now, she’ll settle for her two beloved dogs and one cat. When she isn’t writing adventurous books for children, Kara enjoys reading, playing with her pups, swimming, visiting zoos and aquariums, and baking.
Kara’s family are huge supporters of her writing journey, a process that she finds is a lot of hard work and determination, but is so rewarding in the end. Hopscotch and the Case of the Missing Memories is the first book in its series.
Hopscotch and The Case of The Missing Memories is the perfect book for young readers who are budding mystery lovers.
It is a sweet and simple story that is told from the perspective of Hopscotch, a three-legged rescue dog turned detective. Hopscotch with the help of his children companions work to solve not only their mystery but also help the police to solve an even mystery!
There is so much to love and enjoy about this little book. While the story is simply written and easy to follow it still has the perfect amount of suspense and mystery for middle grade mystery lovers. The accompanying illustrations are also a nice touch. This little book could also appeal to animals lovers. The fact that the story is told from Hopscotchs perspective is super cute! Hopscotch is truly a furry detective you will quickly fall in love with!
Thank you Random Things Tour for having me as part of this blog tour.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis Hopscotch isn't your average detective. First, he's a rescue dog. Second, he only has three legs. When his new, twin owners, Drew and Camilla, help their friend find his missing bike— and memories— Hopscotch tags along. The answer to their mystery will help the local police solve another investigation. But the answer also makes them primetargets for a criminal who'll stop at nothing to escape. Hopscotch must catch the culprit, find the memories, and keep the twins safe. Otherwise, he risks being homeless . . . again.
Review Oh my son absolutely loved this book. We have 3 rescue dogs and each one lent themselves to Hopscotch's character. We giggled a lot and really enjoyed the journey.
It's an absolute must read for all budding book worms and animal lovers alike. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hopscotch is a dog who tells this story about his adventure with his people, Camilla and Drew. These twins live with their dad, a local policeman. In their small town there is usually not much crime. But, there has been a robbery at the gas station where the twins like to stop for snacks and a free slushie.
Mr. Walker, the twin’s father, is very busy working long hours each day. The mother has died, and the children have a lot of time on their hands. They are trying to solve a mystery to help their friend Matt. He has lost his memories after the day of the robbery. Now he has a bruise on his head and can’t remember what happened.
Camilla and Drew want to help him find out what he has forgotten. Matt feels that he is in danger because someone in a red truck keeps following him. When the twins think they have clues that point to the criminal, their father brushes them off.
What will happen next? Will the twins solve the mystery of the missing memories? Middle grade readers will enjoy this case and find that they can’t put it down.
At first I wasn't too sure about this book. I started it a while ago but then I got into some others and sort of forgot to pick it back up. It didn't really pull me in to the story but I loved the idea so I saw it there again and then i decided to just keep reading. I fell in love with Hopscotch and really had a lot of fun with it after all. This is a easy book to get through so for younger kids who like adventure and mystery types of stories. It was really fun and I was glad that I ended up reading it after all! Thanks for this work Kara Mugleston!!!!
A good little chapter book with just the right amount to pictures for that tricky stage between picture books and longer novels. It focuses on a little neighborhood mystery, but I loved that it's all from the dog's perspective. With sweet themes of imperfect families, sibling friendships, and righting what's wrong, I definitely anticipate more little stories with these characters. Kids might not notice the minor proof editing errors.
Hopscotch and The Case of The Missing Memories was such a lovely book. Even though I'm 25, I still thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book. Who doesn't love a bit of mystery, family, and adventure all in one story? This being geared toward the younger audience (children), I truly believe this is perfect for that age group. With the narration being from the dog, 'Hopscotch', I personally thought it added a bit of interesting flair. This story was truly adorable and entertaining!
LOVED this book!! Was a cute mystery from the perspective of an unlikely character, the dog. If Nancy Drew had a dog, Hopscotch would be it. Had a great storyline and would love to gift this to young family members and my teacher friends to share with their class! Can’t wait to see what else Kara has in store for Hopscotch and the rest of the crew!
This was an easy read, and kept my attention. It’s good for 10 to 14-year-olds. The illustrations were appropriate and I really liked the dog, Hopscotch. Much if it’s written from his point of you, which makes it very amusing and interesting.
It was such a good middle grade book! I had my 12 year old read it and he loved it!! I had him choose how many star ratings we should give it since he liked it so much and he could connect better with it!!
This was a really cute story! I enjoyed that it was told from Hopscotch’s perspective, it made it difficult than most mysteries or stories in general. It was a fun, simple mystery with just danger to keep it interesting, but not dangerous enough to kick it out of the middle-grade genre.