Author: Dori Hillestad Butler
Illustrator: Jeremy Tugeau
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Genre: Mystery

The Case of the Lost Boy
King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he's been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn't his beloved human (Kayla) come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy!
And just as Connor and Buddy start to get acquainted, Connor disappears! Buddy (aka King) has big problems to solve, but with some help from his friend Mouse (a very large dog) and the mysterious cat with no name, he shows what a smart, brave dog can do (Publisher description).
The Case of the Lost Boy book trailer. You tube link.

The Case of the Lost Boy book trailer by Wendy Fulmer

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What is a MYSTERY?
mys·ter·y –noun,plural-ter·ies.
Anything that is kept secret, or remains unexplained or unknown.
Synonyms: puzzle, problem, secret, riddle.

Exploring the Mystery Genre Scholastic lesson plan and kid friendly activities for grades 3-5. We love Scholastic!

Become a Reading Detective

Before you start reading The Case of the Lost Boy, become a reading detective.
Follow the easy steps below and solve the mystery along with Buddy (aka King).

Understand the elements of a great mystery! Ingredients for a Mystery

Print out a copy of The Detective's Dictionary Learn detective jargon- the types a words that a detective might use as they work on solving a case. (Scholastic reproducible) Or try Cam Jansen's Be Convincing! Talk Like a Detective and use words like "alibi" "sleuth" "suspect" or "deduce" (Penguin Group)

Keep track of your clues in a Detective's Notebook (any writing journal or paper folded and stapled to make a small book).
Or print out a Clue Clipboard to jot down your clues.

Who are the most likely suspects? Suspect List.

Solve your mystery!
Think carefully about what is fact and fiction in this case.
What suspects can be eliminated? Observe and analyze each person's personality, actions, and behavior in this case.
What does the clues or evidence tell you?
Formulate your hypothesis-what do you think happened and what evidence supports your thinking?

Did you solve the mystery?

The Buddy Files Teaching Guide

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Decode Ms. Murphy's SECRET MESSAGE
Do you know what the message in the box below says?

Tanrcn r bntanc znbbrpn ofa lfda oavneub
Of course you don't, it is written in a secret code.
Follow the steps listed below to decode the secret message.

1. Copy the message
2. Open up the THUNK website in a new tab on your internet browser.
3. Paste the message in the box.
4. Click unscramble
5. Viola! You have decoded Ms. Murphy's secret message.

Write Your Own Mystery!

Scholastic and Penguin Books both offer useful guides to help you write your own great mystery.


Penguin Books

Bluebonnet Literature Connections

Cam Jansen Mysteries
Two Cam Jansen websites to choose from:
Cam Jansen Super Sleuth Headquarters- web site chock full of activities and fun.
Cam Jansen Mysteries Cam Jansen Quizzes

The Magic Tree House series
Reading //The Magic Tree House// series is a great way to journey through time and history with mystery seeking siblings, Jack and Annie. Author, Mary Pope Osborne, entices readers to discover a whole world of mystery and adventure – right in their own backyard. If you have never heard of the Magic Tree House books, then you are from another planet!
clickhere1.gif Click to read samples of The Magic Tree House books with this terrific Beta reader.


Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer 13 year old anxiously awaits the day when he can become a lawyer but in the mean time, he is doing everything he can to learn about the law and how the justice system works. Theodore finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation and he is the one with the crucial evidence to put the suspect away.Go to court with Theodore Boone and find yourself in a thrilling adventure.

Mystery web site links

What is a Mystery? A Oracle Thinkquest created by students for students. Site contains story starters and mysteries to solve.

CIA for Kids-Central Intelligence Agency
Learn about the life of CIA agents and visit the CIA Game Room for some challenging fun.

FBI KidsFederal Bureau of Investigation
Learn more about the FBI through games, stories, and interactives. (wiki by 5th graders exploring the mysteries of Big Foot, etc)

Mystery Lesson Plans

If you would like to read more of Buddy's mystery adventures click on the image below.
Thanks for the resources

CIA-Central Intelligence Agency
FBI-Federal Bureau of Investigation
Albert Whitman & Company
Dori Hillestad Butler
Jeremy Tugeau
Scholastic, Inc.
Penguin Group
Wendy Fulmer
Beth Newingham-Exploring Mystery Genre unit lesson
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