Jennie Levinsky can hear what her neighbors' sheepdog, Sam, is thinking -- and the junk-food-loving dog detective is thinking up more misadventures in this fast-paced, funny mystery. Sam: Dog Detective thinks there's a mystery brewing right next door! Three very odd women have moved in with a house full of caged animals. What's more, a scary-looking man comes and goes at odd hours. Sam is convinced the new neighbors are witches. After all, those animals look so wretched they must be under a spell. Curiously, Sam isn't feeling well, either. Have the witches put a hex on her, too? Can Sam, together with Jennie and her best friend, Beth, discover the truth before it's too late?
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Mary Labatt is an editor and writer. She is the author of the Dog Detective Sam mystery series, the Sam and Friends graphic mystery novels, the Puppy Sam level one early readers and a novel called A Puppy is for Loving. With all these dog books you can guess what Mary does on her Clear Creek, Ontario farm. She breeds and raises Rough Collies and Welsh Springer Spaniels. In the picture you can see Mary with two of her collie mothers, Annabel and Chloe.From Booklist:
The third book in the Sam, Dog Detective series features the talking sheepdog who can be understood only by Jennie, the neighbor girl who cares for her when her owners are away. When three odd women move into the neighborhood, Sam is convinced they're witches. They've arrived with all sorts of caged animals, even frogs, all of which look sickly and miserable. Sam is sure the critters are under a spell, and suddenly she feels sick, too. Jennie has the opportunity to observe the neighbors up close when she stays with them while her mother works late. They do make large pots of a mysterious soup and have an array of herbs and vitamins. Sam, who's sure she's turning into a frog, convinces Jennie she must find the witches' book of spells before it's too late. The thin plot is secondary to Sam's active imagination, and Sam's complaints about a dog's life become tiresome fairly quickly, but children who love detective fiction will relish the absurd premise and the surprise ending. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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Book Description Kids Can Press, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111550746030