Book Review: Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle by Emlyn Chand


About the Book

Title: Mike and the Dog-Gone Labradoodle (The Pet Shop Society, Book #1) | Author: Emlyn Chand | Publication Date: September 26, 2015 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 43 | Recommended Ages: 7 to 11


Book Description

Mike Adams has always been a pretty average kid. He hates homework, love sports, and spends a lot of his day bugging his twin sister Maddie—because, after all, she deserves it.

But one day, everything changes. Nic Chang’s dog goes missing.

Mike, his sister and their two best friends join forces to search for the truth and, with it, the missing pet. Will Mike and Maddie find a way to put their differences aside and save the day? And just where did that dog-gone labradoodle go?

Put your thinking caps on and prepare to find the answers in the premier installment of The Pet Shop Society, a brand new mystery series for readers aged 7-11.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Mike is an average kid with a twin sister, Maddie, and they get along (or don’t) just like any normal brother and sister. But they put their differences aside to help their new neighbor, Nic, find her lost dog. Together, with their best friends, they solve the mystery of the missing pooch.

This is a good chapter book for younger readers. Not only is it fun reading but it’s a mystery. Who doesn’t like a good mystery? It’s also the first book in the Pet Shop Society, which the kids named their group after they solved the mystery of the missing dog, so there are going to be more of these mysteries. I believe any young reader would enjoy this book and it would be fun for them to have a series of the Pet Shop Society to read.



About the Author

Emlyn (4)From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published fiction across multiple genres, oversees and contributes as both an editor and an author to the Novel Publicity Guides for Writing & Marketing Fiction series, and loves the written word so much, she even married author Falcon Storm! Don’t forget that she is the founder and president of Novel Publicity too.

The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. Maybe that’s why she loves writing her Bird Brain Book series for children so much!

Emlyn’s first novel, Farsighted, won the prestigious Writer’s Digest Self-Published Novel of the Year award in 2012 for the YA category. She now writes most of her fiction under her real name, Melissa Storm.

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Book Review: Behind You by Carly Duncan

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9-21-2014 6-09-05 PMTitle: Behind You
Author: Carly M. Duncan
Pages: 208
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback/Audible


When a mysterious attack lands Heather in the hospital on the brink of death, her family rushes to her side. Through an inconvenient maze of shadowed memory and family secrets, Heather can trust only herself to discover if her husband, parents, sister or aunt tried to kill her. During the course of their own narratives, each character confesses to their various crimes of passion, envy and ignorance, weaving Heather’s mystery into an untraditional tale about seizing the opportunity to start over.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Heather is attacked in her own home and she and her family take turns narrating about the events that lead up to the attack.

The character development in this story is very good. As each person speaks, you learn more and more about who they are and why they feel the way they do. This family is pretty screwed up and and each member has their own secrets.

As the story progresses, there are a lot of twists and turns. Nothing is as it appears on the surface.

The one drawback is that I was frequently confused about the timeline of events. Also, I was confused by chapter 1. I am still confused about chapter 1. Despite my confusion, I think anyone who likes dramatic mysteries will enjoy Behind You.

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About the Author

9-21-2014 6-09-39 PMCarly M. Duncan is a television producer by day and a writer whenever there is time. Her first short story was published when she was in high school after a writing group prompted her to begin blogging before it was cool. Carly’s debut novel, Marcie, was released in 2013. Though she’ll forever be a California girl at heart, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, two children and beloved Westie.


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