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Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs by Ann M. Martin. is the Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #7. The Baby-Sitters Club is a group of girls and a guy who baby-sit in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. They are very good and go out of their way to take care of business.

The Baby-Sitters club members not only baby-sit kids and animals, too. In this Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #7, Dawn Schafer baby-sits a Stoneybrook family's animals. This family has many animals such as: dogs, turtle, snake, cats and parrots. Dawn takes the Great Dane dogs outside and clips him to a stake in the front yard. But upon her return- to her dismay Cheryl the Great Dane, is GONE!

Dawn suspects a mystery once she reads an article in the local paper about animals disappearing in their town and neighboring towns.

Now that she is suspicious she notices a green car. It slows when she walks a dog, and she later sees is slowly cruising near other dogs. Does the green car have anything to do with the disappearing dogs? Next time the club meets, Dawn discusses her observations with the other club members. They decide to search for the green car and get the car license. They are successful! The police officer tells the girls that the car belongs to one of the town’s richest men. At that point, the officer politely requests the girls to go home.

Not to be deterred that the police don’t take it seriously they start sleuthing on their own.. They continue their investigations into the dog disappearances and visit the local pet shop, and also start to specifically observe pets at the local park. Afternoons, after school, they are on their bikes looking for clues.

Ann M. Martin writes a very satisfying early reader chapter book. The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery's conclusion is not sappy. Modern girls between eight and twelve-years-old will enjoy The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #7, Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs.




African-American Fiction



Note: Dawn and the Disappearing Dogs is from my personal library of children’s books.

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