Award-winning author Dori Hillestad Butler was inspired to write this book because of her sons' fascination with firefighting when they were little and because of her father-in-law, who is a retired fire marshal. Ms. Butler began her career writing for magazines and has also been a ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley Twins and the Boxcar Children series. Butler has written numerous books for children and middle-grade readers and has books on the IRA Children's Choice lists in ten different states.
"Effective twists and turns, humor, and the possibilities of becoming a school therapy dog and learning to read ease the bittersweet conclusion. Buddy's burying of a valuable guarantees more interactions with both his old and new families and future mysteries to enjoy."--Booklist
"Teachers will appreciate the simple language and the themes of friendship, loyalty, and family."--Children's Literature
"The clear and direct plots, engaging characters, humor, and suspense will keep readers entertained."--The Horn Book Guide