The Spotted Dog Last Seen by Jessica Scott KerrinThe Spotted Dog Last Seen by Jessica Scott Kerrin

The Spotted Dog Last Seen

byJessica Scott Kerrin

Paperback | August 1, 2013

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While tracking clues from a secret code penciled in the margins of mystery novels at a public library, Derek Knowles-Collier discovers a time capsule, an unpublished author and a gravestone that may finally put his haunting past to rest.

At Queensview Elementary, grade-six students are required to complete a community service unit as part of their school curriculum. Derek Knowles-Collier was sick when groups were assigned, so he is stuck with what's leftover: landscape and repair duty at the local cemetery.

Derek is not happy about his assignment. When he was very young, his friend Dennis was killed by a car after running into the road to catch a ball. Ever since, Derek has had recurring nightmares, and he is afraid that spending time in a cemetery will make it even harder for him to sleep through the night.

It's a relief, therefore, when his group's lessons on all aspects of cemetery care are so interesting and strange that Derek just doesn't have time to dwell on his experience with death. And when it rains, the lessons take place in the nearby public library, which takes him out of the cemetery altogether, at least for an afternoon.

One day, a book arrives at the library, an anonymous donation that happens every year. On reading the book, Derek and his group mates find a secret code written on an inside margin. One code leads to the next, with the last code leading the students to a time capsule.

Through a series of discoveries and deductions, Derek and his friends discover who has been sending books to the library every year. They also discover the truth behind Dennis's long-ago death, which means that Derek is finally able to put his terrifying memories (and his nightmares) to rest.


About The Author

Jessica Scott Kerrin is the author of The Spotted Dog Last Seen and The Missing Dog Is Spotted. She is also known for the Lobster Chronicles series and the best-selling Martin Bridge series. Born and raised in Alberta, she now lives in downtown Halifax, Canada.
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Title:The Spotted Dog Last SeenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.6 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:August 1, 2013Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554984017

ISBN - 13:9781554984015

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"Derek tells his own story, allowing readers to empathize with his fears and struggles as he comes to grips with them....Surprising twists and turns amid laughter and tears." - Kirkus Reviews"Going far beyond mystery book conventions, Spotted Dog is also a well-told story of growth and self-forgiveness." - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW"The author tells this story simply yet leads readers to several climatic sections with lots of twists and turns. This realistic fiction is well-written and well-developed." - Library Media Connections