Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
This is the first book in a series of quirky and fun chapter books for intermediate-middle school. The book has lots of over-the-top humor and action and I love that it opens with a note from the author promising that the dog doesn’t die in the book, but that it is a happy dog story. I also like the sweet relationship that develops between the boy and the dog over the course of the book. The book is about 12-year-old Homer, who has a close relationship with his Uncle Drake, a famous treasure hunter. When Drake is killed in a freak accident, Homer inherits his uncle’s dog, a droopy Basset Hound with a mysterious gold coin hidden on his collar. Homer’s father is a no-nonsense farmer and he doesn’t want Homer to follow in Drake’s footsteps, but to help out on the farm. So Homer, along with his sister Gwendolyn, and the dog (named Dog) set off to the city on an adventure to solve his uncle’s death and find the treasure map his uncle had discovered shortly before his death. See also Smells Like Treasure and Smells Like Pirates.