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Alexandra Hopewell, Labor Coach

by Dori Hillestad Butler

By the time Alex Hopewell breaks her third egg in her fifth grade class's Family Life Unit, she's earned the nickname "Alex Hopeless." Since Mrs. Ryder won't trust her with an egg, she has to write a report about child development. That's when Alex announces that she is going to be her mom's labor coach. There's only one problem--she hasn't told her mom yet! Things don't always go easily for Alex. Her parents talked to Mrs. Ryder at the beginning of the year about her learning disorder, but Alex still thinks Mrs. Ryder hates her. Somehow Alex knows everything will be fine if only she can be there when the baby is born. Finally, her parents agree. Then Alex's mother goes into labor early, and Alex gets a chance to prove what a great kid she really is.

Alexandra Hopewell, Labor Coach

by Dori Hillestad Butler

After breaking her third egg in her fifth grade class's Family Life Unit, Mrs. Ryder won't trust Alexandra with an egg, so Alex must write a report about child development. That's when Alex announces that she is going to be her mom's labor coach. But she hasn't told her mom yet.

The Case of the Fire Alarm

by Jeremy Tugeau Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy is starting his work as a therapy dog at Four Lakes Elementary School, where Connor attends and Mom is the principal. On his very first day, he accidentally knocks down a little kid on the playground, convincing the first grade teacher that school is no place for a dog. Then the fire alarm goes off. The school is evacuated but there's no fire . . . it's a false alarm. Who could have set it?

The Case of the Fire Alarm (The Buddy Files #4)

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy is starting his work as therapy dog at Four Lakes Elementary School, where Connor attends and Mom is the principal. On his very first day, he accidentally knocks down a little kid on the playground, convincing the first grade teacher that school is no place for a dog. Then the fire alarm goes off. The school is evacuated, but there's no fire. . . it's a false alarm. Who could have set it? Buddy fans will cheer as their favorite dog detective solves another case with his own great doggy style.

The Case of the Library Monster

by Jeremy Tugeau Dori Hillestad Butler Dan Crisp

One of Buddy's jobs as a therapy dog is to read books with kids in the school library! One day he hears a noise in the bookshelves. He tries to get closer--and comes face to face with a creature that has a blue tongue! What is it? And how did it get in the school? Dori Butler's fifth book in The Buddy Files series is full of mystery, fun, and adventure.

The Case of the Library Monster (The Buddy Files #5)

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy is in the school library while kids take turns reading with him. Suddenly he hears rustling in the shelves behind him. And something smells strange. Not human. . . not canine. . . not like anything Buddy has ever smelled before. Could it be the school ghost Buddy has heard so much about? Buddy goes over to the shelves to investigate. . . and comes face to face with a mysterious creature that has a long blue tongue! Buddy fans will cheer as their favorite dog detective solves another case with his own great doggy style.

The Case of the Lost Boy

by Jeremy Tugeau Dori Hillestad Butler

The Edgar Award-winning first book in Dori Hillestad Butler's Buddy Files seriesKing's 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! Then Connor disappears! Buddy (aka King) has some big problems to solve. Mystery fans and dog lovers will be swept up in Dori Butler's entertaining story about a smart, funny, loyal dog . . . and left eager for Buddy's next adventure.

The Case of the Lost Boy (The Buddy Files #1)

by Dori Hillestad Butler

"My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective. " 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. Mystery fans and dog lovers will be swept up in Dori Hillestad Butler's funny, satisfying story. . . and left eager for Buddy's next adventure.

The Case of the Missing Family

by Jeremy Tugeau Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy has settled in with his adopted family, but he's never given up on finding his beloved human, Kayla, and his first family. One night he sees people taking things out of Kayla's old house and loading them into a van. What's up? In the middle of the night Buddy decides to make a daring move, leaving everything to find Kayla. Dori Butler's third chapter book in The Buddy Files will delight the many fans of this smart, funny, loyal dog.

The Case of the Missing Family (The Buddy Files #3)

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy has settled with his adopted family, but he's never given up on finding his beloved human, Kayla, and his first family. One night he sees men taking things out of Kayla's old house and loading them into a van. What's up? Though his friend Mouse advises against it, in the middle of the night Buddy decides to make a daring move, leaving everything he knows behind. Dori Butler's third case in The Buddy Files will entertain and satisfy the many fans of this brave, funny, and loyal dog.

The Case of the Mixed-Up Mutts

by Jeremy Tugeau Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy has been adopted from the P-O-U-N-D by Connor and his mom, but he's still searching for his first family and his beloved Kayla. What has happened to them? He hopes to solve that mystery soon, but right now he's got another urgent case--two dogs, Muffin and Jazzy, have been switched! How can Buddy get poor Muffin and Jazzy back to their real owners? Readers will cheer as Buddy solves the second case in Dori Butler's The Buddy Files, and eagerly await the next adventure of this famous dog detective.

The Case of the Mixed-up Mutts (The Buddy Files #2)

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy was adopted from the P-O-U-N-D and he likes his new family, but he's still searching for Kayla--his first family. What has happened to them? He hopes to solve that mystery soon, but right now he's got another urgent case-two dogs, Muffin and Jazzy, have been switched! How can Buddy get poor Muffin and Jazzy back to their real owners?

The Case of the School Ghost

by Jeremy Tugeau Dori Hillestad Butler

Buddy's a lucky dog. He gets to go to the fourth grade sleepover at school with Connor! He's hoping to find out more about the old legend of Agatha, the school ghost. But the sleepover has plenty of other strange things going on, too: mysterious packages, secret notes, and whispers from a ghostly voice! Who--or what--is haunting Four Lakes Elementary? The sixth book in the award-winning series The Buddy Files by Dori Butler delivers chills and thrills.

Do You Know the Monkey Man?

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Samantha's quest to answer her questions about her past sets in motion a chain of events that will change her life foreverFor thirteen-year-old Samantha, life consists of too many unanswered questions. Why has her father not tried to contact her all these years? How could he have allowed her twin sister to drown in Clearwater Quarry when they were only toddlers? And how can Samantha's mother expect her to accept some man she hardly knows as her new father? Samantha already has a father out there. Somewhere.A fateful decision sets into motion a chain of events and confrontations that will change Samantha's and her family's lives forever. As she sets out to find her father and discover what really happened the day her sister was presumed drowned, she uncovers painful secrets that threaten to destroy her family all over again.Readers will be drawn into Dori Butler's dramatic, suspenseful, and sensitive story of one family's crisis unwittingly brought on by an adolescent girl's search for the truth.

Do You Know the Monkey Man?

by Dori Hillestad Butler

For thirteen-year-old Samantha, life consists of too many unanswered questions. Why has her father not tried to contact her all these years? How could he have allowed her twin sister to drown in Clear water Quarry when they were only toddlers? And how can Samantha's mother expect her to accept some man she hardly knows as her new father? Samantha already has a father out there. Somewhere. A fateful decision sets into motion a chain of events and confrontations that will change Samantha's and her family's lives forever. As she sets out to find her father and discover what really happened the day her sister was presumed drowned, she uncovers painful secrets that threaten to destroy her family all over again. Readers will be drawn into Dori Butler's dramatic, suspenseful, and sensitive story of one family's crisis unwittingly brought on by an adolescent girl's search for the truth.

The Five O'Clock Ghost #4

by Dori Hillestad Butler Aurore Damant

Kaz and Claire are back for a timely mystery in this adorable series by Edgar Award winner Dori Hillestad Butler! Kaz and Claire are called in for another ghostly mystery, and this ghost is always right on time. When Claire's friend tells the young detectives about his five o'clock ghost, Kaz wonders if it could be his own missing brother, Little John. Kaz and Claire search the house up and down, but they can't find any trace of Little John--or any other ghost. Yet when five o'clock comes along, the strange occurrences come back again...

The Ghost Backstage #3

by Dori Hillestad Butler Aurore Damant

Kaz and Claire's new detective agency is a success! Their latest case, though, is proving to be the hardest yet. When Claire's classmate says he saw a ghost backstage while rehearsing the school play, Kaz goes to school with Claire to investigate. From the description the boy gave, Kaz is sure it's his mom--but where has she gone? Kaz and Claire search everywhere and find no trace of her, but the mysterious ghostly activities are still happening...

The Ghost in the Attic #2

by Dori Hillestad Butler Aurore Damant

A brand-new young chapter book series from Edgar Award winner Dori Hillestad Butler! After successfully solving the mystery of the ghost in the library, Kaz and Claire land the first case for their detective agency--a haunted attic in a neighbor's home! With a little help from Grannie, Kaz and Claire discover that what appeared to be something spooky has a much simpler explanation.

The Haunted Library #1

by Dori Hillestad Butler Aurore Damant

A brand-new young chapter book series from Edgar Award winner Dori Hillestad Butler! When ghost boy Kaz's haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, he meets a real girl named Claire, who lives above the town library with her parents and her grandmother. Claire has a special ability to see ghosts when other humans cannot and she and Kaz quickly form a friendship. The two join forces to solve the mystery of the ghost that's haunting the library. Could it be one of Kaz's lost family members?

Sliding into Home

by Dori Hillestad Butler

An adolescent girl learns that realizing a dream requires a good deal more than stubborn, steely resolve as she risks everything to follow her heartIt's not fair! Thirteen-year-old Joelle Cunningham is passionate about baseball. She loves to watch it, read about it, and, most of all, play it. But when her family moves from Minneapolis to the small town of Greendale, Iowa, she quickly discovers that there are strict rules preventing her from playing on the school baseball team.At Hoover Middle School, only boys play baseball. Girls play softball. It's not the same sport! Joelle tries to tell everyone. But no one is listening. Not Coach Carlyle--even though his baseball team is at the bottom of the league, he doesn't want her on his team. Not Ms. Fenner, the softball coach--she wants Joelle to use her big-league swing to benefit the girls' team. Not her new friend, Elizabeth, who is growing tired of her complaints. Not even Jason, her older brother, who is too busy at college to be of much help.But Joelle is determined to play baseball. And through some creative problem-solving and surprising alliances, she finds a solution to her dilemma that brings the disputing sides together . . . and baseball to the girls of Greendale.Author Dori Butler has created a high-spirited, indomitable character that young girls will admire and root for in this story of frustrated ambition and ultimate triumph.

Sliding into Home

by Dori Hillestad Butler

When thirteen-year-old Joelle, a star baseball player, moves to a new town where the only option for girls is softball, she starts an all-girl baseball league against the wishes of her school coaches and others in the town.

Tank Talbott's Guide to Girls

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Tank's summer is not shaping up the way he'd hoped. It's bad enough that his three stepsisters will be sharing his cramped house for the summer vacation. Then he finds out that he has to work with a math tutor every day and fill a big notebook with his writing--just to pass fifth grade! Tank wishes he could just sell his friend Jason's movie script to Hollywood. After all, Tank is Jason's agent. But passing fifth grade is a big deal, too, and soon, inspired by his brother's breakup with Jason's sister, Tank realizes he can fill his notebook writing a guide to girls. It will be a bestseller! Tank has plenty of material to work with--his three stepsisters and Jason's strange new interest in Kelly, the Mistress of Evil.

Tank Talbott's Guide to Girls

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Having agreed to get math tutoring and to practice writing over the summer to avoid flunking fifth grade, Tank learns some important lessons about both family and fighting while writing a boy's guide to understanding girls.

Trading Places with Tank Talbott

by Dori Hillestad Butler

All Jason Pfeiffer wants to do is finish his horror-movie script about his sister, but lately his life is full of horrors! His parents are making him take swimming lessons at the recreation center--and there's nothing that Jason hates more than taking off his glasses and putting his face in the water. Except maybe having to deal with Tank Talbott. All Tank Talbott ever wants to do is beat people up. (At least, that's what Jason thinks.) But Tank's at the rec center, too--because his parents are making him take ballroom dance classes! There's nothing that Tank hates more than dancing with girls--except maybe being mistaken for a dorkface like Jason. But that's just what gives Jason a brilliant idea--trading places! The mismatched pair makes the switch, and along the way, they learn some surprising things about friendship and courage.

Trading Places with Tank Talbott

by Dori Hillestad Butler

Jason, who would rather work on his horror movie screenplay than learn to swim, finds an unlikely ally in Tank, the class bully, who is being forced to take ballroom dance lessons.

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