When Jamie and Marie Longbow find out about the mysterious ghost dog that steals food from the Powwow and no one has been able to catch, they are determined to find out what’s going on. When they finally get closer to it, it runs into the spooky abandoned house—with a buffalo burger dangling from its mouth—where Old Man Jimmerson used to live. Is it really a ghost dog? Should they go in? How are they going to solve this mystery when they are terrified of what might be on the other side of the door?
Gr 1-4–The second book in a mystery series features a dog who swipes buffalo burgers from the Seneca Chef’s stand at the powwow. Marie and Jamie, twin siblings, come to the event with their grandparents. They pass an old house on the edge of the reservation and the stage is set for the unfolding of the mystery. Bruchac, a storyteller and Abenaki author, tells a gentle story about the strong relationships between grandparents and children, the inviting atmosphere of the powwow grounds, and the mystery-solving ability of children. Deforest’s colorful illustrations convey the feelings the characters experience: joy, excitement, fear, sadness, and relief. Marie, Jamie, and their grandparents are Native, but their specific nation is not revealed. The book is divided into short chapters, creating a sort of picture book/graphic novel hybrid, which should appeal to emerging and/or reluctant readers. VERDICT An accessible and fun story that introduces young readers to Native culture, recommended for elementary and homeschool collections.