Looking for one last novel for the school year? Want a companion novel study that costs you nothing in time or cash? The Disappearing Dog Dilemma might be the perfect choice. Seventh grader Gabby St. Claire unleashing her sleuthing skills to sniff out whoever’s behind the missing mutts but time management, worrisome weather, a part-time job, and a new crush interfere with Gabby’s investigation.
This book is the second in the Gabby St. Claire Diary series by Chesapeake, Virginia author Christy Barritt and is suitable for readers fourth grade and up. A novel study based on the book is available as a free download as is one for the first book in the series, Curtain Call Caper which topped the Children’s Detective book chart on Amazon March 24, 2014.
Mystery novels are perfect for teaching and developing prediction skills, a key component of fluent literacy and comprehension. According to Reading Rockets, a website funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 40% of all students find reading difficult. Good readers, on the other hand, naturally draw on what they have already read to predict what will happen next.
Using anticipation guides, like those provided in the novel studies, make it easy for parents or older siblings to assist a reluctant or struggling reader. Each of the Gabby St. Claire novel studies contains graphic organizers, projects, vocabulary work and discussion questions.