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King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code


Series
King & Kayla

written by
Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by
Nancy Meyers

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Peachtree Publishers
Imprint
Peachtree
ISBN
9781561458783

Awards and Honors
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Books for Beginning Readers
2017 CYBILS Award Winner, Easy Readers
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Kayla and Mason each got a mysterious letter, written in code. What do the letters say? Full-color illustrations drawn in pencil with color added digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

6" x 9"

AR

2.2: points 0.5

Lexile

430L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

May 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Dogs. Ciphers. Mystery and detective stories. Pets. Point of view.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

King and Kayla are solving mysteries for a younger generation in this prequel to Butler’s “The Buddy Files” series. The stories are told from the perspective of King, a golden retriever with a nose for solving mysteries. In the Case of the Missing Dog Treats, three treats go missing and Kayla suspects King. Innocent King knows that an intruder has snuck in and must be found out. Is the real culprit Thor, Jillian’s new puppy? Or is it Adam, Jillian’s brother? Or someone else altogether? In the Case of the Secret Code, Kayla receives a strange letter on her doorstep that she cannot read. King smells oatmeal on the letter and knows only of one person who smells like oatmeal. Kayla and her friend Mason work to decipher the secret code, while King keeps trying, unsuccessfully, to tell them he knows who sent the letter. This new series features colorful illustrations and accessible tales told in short, simple sentences. It’s a perfect option for newly independent readers ready to start transitioning from easy readers to beginning chapter books. VERDICT Transitional readers are always in demand, and this series is a worthy contribution to any collection serving brand-new readers.—Lisa Nabel, Tacoma Public Library, WA

Horn Book

King, an exuberant dog, introduces himself in the initial two entries of a new early-chapter-book series: “Hello! My name is King. I’m a dog. This is Kayla. She is my human.” Although King narrates each story, Kayla cannot understand his words, but his body language, shown in lighthearted digitally colored illustrations drawn in pencil, makes his likes and dislikes clear. And he likes many things. In Dog Treats, he tells readers: “I LOVE peanut butter treats. They’re my favorite food!” But in Secret Code King reveals that his doggy enthusiasm is fickle and situational: “I LOVE cheese. It’s my favorite food!” and “I LOVE oatmeal. It’s my favorite food!” This repetition both within and between books helps boost confidence in beginning readers, as do the generous, plot-reinforcing illustrations, which depict Kayla with brown skin. Each story is a mystery; the first concerns the theft of some dog biscuits, and the second concerns a substitution cipher. But the process of solving is the same in both books: Kayla straightforwardly lists what she knows and then what she needs to know, creating a pattern well worth emulating. Each book allows plenty of room for predictions and provides a glimpse into the great payoff reading can deliver once the early fascination with decoding wears off. betty carter

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

King and Kayla are solving mysteries for a younger generation in this prequel to Butler’s “The Buddy Files” series. The stories are told from the perspective of King, a golden retriever with a nose for solving mysteries. In the Case of the Missing Dog Treats, three treats go missing and Kayla suspects King. Innocent King knows that an intruder has snuck in and must be found out. Is the real culprit Thor, Jillian’s new puppy? Or is it Adam, Jillian’s brother? Or someone else altogether? In the Case of the Secret Code, Kayla receives a strange letter on her doorstep that she cannot read. King smells oatmeal on the letter and knows only of one person who smells like oatmeal. Kayla and her friend Mason work to decipher the secret code, while King keeps trying, unsuccessfully, to tell them he knows who sent the letter. This new series features colorful illustrations and accessible tales told in short, simple sentences. It’s a perfect option for newly independent readers ready to start transitioning from easy readers to beginning chapter books. VERDICT Transitional readers are always in demand, and this series is a worthy contribution to any collection serving brand-new readers.—Lisa Nabel, Tacoma Public Library, WA

Horn Book

King, an exuberant dog, introduces himself in the initial two entries of a new early-chapter-book series: “Hello! My name is King. I’m a dog. This is Kayla. She is my human.” Although King narrates each story, Kayla cannot understand his words, but his body language, shown in lighthearted digitally colored illustrations drawn in pencil, makes his likes and dislikes clear. And he likes many things. In Dog Treats, he tells readers: “I LOVE peanut butter treats. They’re my favorite food!” But in Secret Code King reveals that his doggy enthusiasm is fickle and situational: “I LOVE cheese. It’s my favorite food!” and “I LOVE oatmeal. It’s my favorite food!” This repetition both within and between books helps boost confidence in beginning readers, as do the generous, plot-reinforcing illustrations, which depict Kayla with brown skin. Each story is a mystery; the first concerns the theft of some dog biscuits, and the second concerns a substitution cipher. But the process of solving is the same in both books: Kayla straightforwardly lists what she knows and then what she needs to know, creating a pattern well worth emulating. Each book allows plenty of room for predictions and provides a glimpse into the great payoff reading can deliver once the early fascination with decoding wears off. betty carter

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