Mike and his twin sister Maddie couldn't be more different. Mike loves sports and Maddie loves books, but when the new girl's dog winds up missing they put their differences aside to help. Nic is frantic when she realizes her dog, Baxter, isn't in the yard where he's supposed to be. She stops by Mike and Maddie's mom's pet shop to see if they've seen Baxter. Mike has had a crush on Nic since the first time he saw her and knows this is his chance to get Nic to notice him. Mike springs into action and with the help of his sister and their friends Bree and Tyler they begin tracking Baxter. The group becomes fast friends and also discover they are great at solving mysteries.
Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle is a wonderfully written early chapter book that's well organized and highly captivating. The simple text and easy to follow plot make it a perfect tale for emerging readers, yet can still be read aloud to younger ones. Mysteries were always a favorite among my children as they began to read stories other than picture books and Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle is sure to be a fast favorite among readers. I would recommend teachers add this book to their classroom libraries too. It's an all around enjoyable read.