- Short Description
- Author Bio
Anxious Stephen Nobel has a habit of overanalyzing things. When the bomb squad searches his school and a car crashes into the building, Stephen can’t leave it alone. But now his new friend Renée and his furry clients Ping and Pong are wrapped up in a dangerous mystery with a real criminal!
Some people count their blessings, but dogwalker Stephen Nobel counts mistakes.
Dogwalker extraordinaire Stephen Nobel can get a little anxious, but his habit of counting the mistakes he and everyone else makes calms him. His need to analyze gets kicked into hyperdrive after two crazy events happen in one day at school: the bomb squad blows up a backpack and someone smashes a car into the building.
To make things worse, that someone thinks Stephen can identify them. Stephen receives a threatening text. If he goes to the police, his favourite dogs, Ping and Pong, will get hurt. The pressure mounts when his new best friend, Renée, begs for Stephen’s help. Her brother has been charged with the crimes and she wants to clear his name.
Is it a mistake to give in to dognappers? How can he possibly save everybody? To find out, Stephen will have to count on all of his new friends.
CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) Selection
- First book in Great Mistake Mysteries trilogy where an overly anxious young sleuth tries to protect his canine clients and his friends
- Fast-paced middle-grade mystery where sleuth deals with a mysterious threat and his own insecurities
- Funny animal story written by Canada’s premiere dog story writer Sylvia McNicoll (Bringing Up Beauty series)
- Author’s books have won the Forest of Reading Silver Birch Award and been nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award in the YA category and the Rocky Mountain Book Award, as well as the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice award, the Saskatchewan Snowy Willow, Resource Links “One of the Year’s Best”, and an OLA Best Bet
- A mystery with no violence, featuring a male protagonist with strong, smart girl sidekick
- Fast-paced, easy read, short at 30,000 words
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A doggone good mystery!
- Linwood Barclay, author of Far From True
As fun and frisky as the dogs that Stephen walks, and it’s refreshing to see both an affectionate father-son relationship and a sweet coed friendship represented so genuinely.
- Kirkus Reviews
A quick and enjoyable read...with amusing scenes and interesting characters. Well done!
- Marsha Skrypuch, author of Stolen Child and Making Bombs for Hitler
The Best Mistake Mystery is a fun and complex mystery that will keep readers curious until the end. Based on this first installment, The Great Mistake Mysteries promises to be a great new series.
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McNicoll has written a lot of good books; these two are another pair for that list.
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