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Cronin, Doreen.
New York : Balzer + Bray, 2011
IL 3-6, RL 3.8
ISBN 0061215333

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

There is an inside dog and an outside dog and there are chicks – cute little adorable chicks.  J.J. Tully was a search and rescue dog.  Two chicks are missing and their mother promises J.J. a cheeseburger as a reward for finding them.  The sinister inside dog, Vince,  has plans for  J.J. Does J.J. still have what it takes to find those missing chicks and earn his tasty reward?  Who sent those notes to the search team?  Lots of intrigue and humor in this exciting mystery.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program Booktalks 2012-2013)

Booktalk #2

J.J. Tully has left behind his life as a search and rescue dog to retire to his trainers farm in the country.  J.J. has a life of ease and no worries until a mother hen, Moosh and her brood of chicks, Dirt and Sugar get in his way.  Two of the chicks have gone missing and they need J.J’s help to find them.  J.J. is willing to help, but it will cost the chickens a hamburger.  The deal is made and J.J. begins the search.  Soon it is discovered that Vince, AKA Vince the Cone, the resident house dog is behind the chick-napping’s and J.J. must change the plan from search to rescue.  He begins to train Dirt in R-H-B-W-R, run-hide-breathe-watch-run so that Dirt can go in and rescue the chicks, only to discover Moosh, the mother hen has already gone to the rescue. Vince is waiting and his plan all along was for Moosh, Dirt, Sugar and most importantly J.J. to come to the rescue.  Vince has an upcoming visit to the veterinarian and only by swapping places with J.J. can he avoid the dreadful visit.  Can J.J. and the Chickens outwit Vince the Cone? Will the missing chicks be rescued? You’ll have to read The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin to find out.  
(Booktalk by the Sequoya Youth Book Award committee, 2014)

SUBJECTS:     Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Chickens -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.
                        Mystery and detective stories.

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