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King & Kayla and the Case of the Gold Ring
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King & Kayla and the Case of the Gold Ring

Part of King & Kayla

by Dori Hillestad Butler
illustrated by Nancy Meyers

Lovable dog King and his human Kayla help their friend search for a ring in this new mystery, part of the Geisel Honor Award-winning beginning reader series.   

“This gentle whodunit…includes such classic genre elements as missing jewelry, suspicious characters, red herrings and a gratifying ‘aha’ moment before the restoration of order.” – The Wall Street Journal 

 “Highly entertaining.” —School Library Journal 

King, Kayla, Mason, and Asia are playing in the snow. Later, Asia discovers her new gold ring is missing. What happened to it? Detective team King & Kayla are on the case!

With simple, straightforward language and great verbal and visual humor, the King & Kayla series from Geisel Honor Award-winning team Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers is perfect for newly independent readers transitioning from easy readers to beginning chapter books. Great for introducing mysteries and the important concepts of fact gathering, list making, clues, and analytical thinking. Also ideal for diverse book collections.

Also by Dori Hillestad Butler and Nancy Meyers:
King & Kayla and the Case of Found Fred
King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth
King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats
King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse
King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code
King & Kayla and the Case of the Unhappy Neighbor

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-207-9
Publication Date: 2/1/2021
Page Count: 48
Size: 6″ x 9″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-208-6
Publication Date: 2/1/2021
Page Count: 48
Size: 6″ x 9″
Age Range: 7 – 9
Language: English
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: 460L
Themes: Investigation, Cause and Effect, Problem Solving
BISAC 1: JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 2: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
BISAC 3: JUV043000 JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner


“Meyer’s drawings, pleasant and simple to parse, help support the story. A satisfying addition to easy-reader collections.” —Booklist Online

“This book contains short chapters, natural language, and numerous digitally colored illustrations that mirror the text, giving newly independent readers a boost when navigating all those pages….readers can test their individual problem-solving skills and crack this mystery before its heroes do.” —Horn Book Magazine

“Highly entertaining, this funny and warm story contains life lessons for young readers about friendship, responsibility, and problem-solving….a terrific transition reader for those just beginning to delve into chapter book level reading.” —School Library Journal

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Meet the Author

Dori Butler

Dori Hillestad Butler is the author of over fifty works of fiction and nonfiction for young readers. She has also published stories for children in magazines such as Highlights for ChildrenCricketSpiderChildren’s Digest, and Child Life. Butler is the children’s book review columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She lives in Washington. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Nancy Meyers

Nancy Meyers is a graphic designer and illustrator and the proud owner of Sullivan, golden-doodle extraordinaire! She lives in Minnesota. You can visit her website here.