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Arf: A Bowser and Birdie Novel (Paperback)

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Arf is the sequel to Woof and continues the adventures of Bowser and Birdie. Bowser is still in charge of home front security for the Gaux family, so when there is a break-in, he starts the investigation to find the intruder with the stinky aftershave and even stinkier cat companion. No one knows why someone broke in, as nothing seems to be missing. Someone is also asking questions about Birdie’s father, a police officer killed several years ago, and the cold case involving his murder. Bowser knows he’s looking for a man with a strong limeade aftershave scent mixed with cat, but why can’t these humans, even Birdie, catch this trail of odors and help him out? If you’ve read Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie series, then you know that the author speaks dog fluently and also writes a suspenseful mystery suitable for all ages.

— From Linda's Latest List


Why would anyone break into 19 Gentilly Lane? That's where the Gaux family lives, and everyone knows they have nothing worth stealing. More important, the house is usually guarded by Birdie Gaux's dog, Bowser, a large and handsome fellow with a big set of sharp teeth.

Now Birdie is looking worried and Bowser is on the trail of something rotten. Who was behind the break in? Why is a girl with green hair asking odd questions about what happened to Birdie's dad, a policeman who was killed in the line of duty years ago? Worst of all, why is the whole town starting to stink of limeade aftershave and CAT?!?

The death of Birdie's father may be a cold case, but Bowser can tell it's heating up fast. Someone is coming after Birdie and her family, and Bowser must be ready to protect them from anything. Even that awful cat.

About the Author

Spencer Quinn is the author of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery books and the stand-alone novel The Right Side, both for adults. His novels for kids include the New York Times bestselling Bowser and Birdie novel, Woof, and the follow-up Arf, as well as the Edgar Award-nominated Echo Falls series. Spencer lives with his wife, Diana, and dogs, Audrey and Pearl, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Praise For…

Praise for Woof, Bowser and Birdie Book 1:

"I defy anyone to read this book -- kid or adult -- without a big, goofy grin." -- Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Spencer Quinn speaks two languages -- suspense and dog -- fluently."

-- Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Imagine Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird setting out to solve a mystery with the aid of a charming, slobbery dog. You'll wish you had Birdie and Bowser as your very best friends." -- Kathryn Lasky, New York Times bestselling author

"Bowser and Birdie sent me into giggle fits and won my heart. Bowser deserves the Bucketful of Bacon Award for Best Dog Ever!" -- Jude Watson, New York Times bestselling author
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545643351
ISBN-10: 054564335X
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English