Jan on the Trail (Formac First Novels)

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When Patch, the pink-tummied puppy that Jan and her friend Sarah visit at the pet store, goes missing, they turn detectives to track him down. With Patch's new owner they search all over the city, riding the bus, eating at a restaurant downtown, searching alleys and vacant lots. It's a big adventure. But when they finally find the puppy, stuck in a pit at the bottom of a huge construction site, they see it's Patch who has had the biggest adventure of all. Jan on the Trail is a story about how perseverance and a sense of responsibility pay off in the end.

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CARLOS FREIRE lives in Toronto. He is an illustrator who apprenticed with a leading muralist in his native Chile. He has illustrated numerous books that have been published throughout the world.

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Gr 1-4-When Jan and Sarah notice a poster seeking the whereabouts of a puppy they had previously admired in the pet shop and unofficially named Patch, they go to the home of the animal's owner and meet the boy who lives there. New in town, Carl is upset about the loss of his puppy that he calls Spot. The friends take on the role of detective, and Carl accompanies them on their quest for the dog. After imagining that Patch has been dognapped, the girls trail a suspect, but then discover his innocence. In the end, the boy and his dog are reunited. The first noticeable oddity of this book is the strange picture on the cover-Jan looks like a 35-year-old woman with erect bilateral ponytails, a hairstyle maintained throughout the book. Sarah and Carl also look too old for their supposed ages. Intended for beginning chapter-book readers or reluctant older readers, the book has large print, a lively pace, and an engaging plot. However, the story is told in the present tense although the narrator is describing past events, creating an awkward style. The children's tenacity in finding the missing pet is admirable, but there is little evidence of deductive reasoning, as found in David Adler's "Cam Jansen" series (Viking) or Donald Sobol's "Encyclopedia Brown" books (Bantam). Also, those two series have better character development and better stylistics, making them more logical choices.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, NJ

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