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Title:
Secret of the mountain dog
Author:
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
200 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
An adventure-hungry girl and an enormous Tibetan mastiff share a journey in the Catskill Mountains, where a boy and his teacher from Tibet seek to reopen an abandoned monastery to find a mysterious statue.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 7.0 169892.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.5 11 Quiz: 63513.
ISBN:
9780545603690
Format :
Book

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The mysterious dog showed up just when Jax needed an adventure. But adventure can also mean trouble . . .

In the Catskill Mountains, mystery is waiting . . . .

Just when she needs it most, a little excitement comes to Jax's mountain. First, a beautiful, giant dog stops at her door. Even though he has no collar, the Tibetan mastiff doesn't act like a stray- and he seems to want to stay with Jax.

Then lights appear in the old, abandoned monastery up the mountain. The mastiff, who likes being called Mo-Mo, leads Jax to the mountaintop. There she meets a boy her age, Yeshi, who has come all the way from Tibet with his teacher to open the abandoned building - and to search for a long-lost statue, possibly hidden away in the monastery.

But someone else is searching for the statue, too, and when Jax's adventure turns dangerous, she'll have to count on her new friend, and the mysterious dog that's found her, to get her back down the mountain safely.


Author Notes

ELIZABETH CODY KIMMEL is the author of many books for young readers, including Secret of the Mountain Dog , Legend of the Ghost Dog , Balto and the Great Race , and the Suddenly Supernatural series. She lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley and spends her spare time reading, hiking, and trying to communicate telepathically with her beagle. You can find her online at www.codykimmel.com .


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Kimmel blends Buddhist wisdom and Tibetan magic into a girl-and-her-dog tale set in the Catskills. Jax, 12, instantly bonds instantly with the huge, collarless Tibetan mastiff that appears at her family's rustic home. Shortly thereafter, she meets Jampa Rinpoche, an old Tibetan monk, and Yeshi, a friendly Tibetan boy her age; the two have moved into a long-abandoned monastery nearby both to renovate it and to look for a missing ancient statue. Jax's fascination with the Tibetans and their beliefs is complicated by a tempestuous relationship with her fearful mother, who is still emotionally traumatized by the near-fatal accident to Jax's little sister a year before. Ultimately, the arrival of a wild storm kicks off a suspenseful climax, in which Jax, the dog, the Tibetans and some unexpected allies including, perhaps, a demon take on the bad guys. Afterward, Jax and her mother have an air-clearing heart-to-heart talk, and (dog-story lovers take note) after a brief disappearance, the mastiff returns to make the resolution as tidy as it is upbeat.--Peters, John Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Twelve-year-old Jax and her family live in the last house on a mountain road in a small town tucked into New York's Catskill Mountains. Higher up the slope sits an abandoned structure of unknown origins that local legend claims is haunted and has hidden rooms. One day, Jax finds a beautiful dog, without tags, sitting near her driveway. She brings him home to shelter him until his owners are found. Later that night, while looking out her window, Jax's gaze is drawn to a light coming from the mountaintop, and she realizes it's from the abandoned building. Jax, an experienced hiker, and the dog she's named Mo-Mo, head up the mountain to investigate. They find a Buddhist monk and his student, who have traveled from Tibet to reopen the monastery. So begins a mystery where the purpose of the building and its contents are revealed. The result is an "East meets West" adventure with the concepts of Buddhism entwined into prophesy, symbolism, a lost artifact, art thieves, and a protective dog. Jax is an intelligent, self-reliant girl, so the frequent anxieties of her overprotective mother come across as unnecessary and do not move the plot forward. A conversation toward the end of book concerning the impact of the Chinese takeover of Tibet feels awkward and hastily included. Still, middle grade readers with a penchant for mysteries and multicultural experiences will enjoy this.- Sharon Lawler, Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee, San Antonio, TX (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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