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*Puppy Pirates #2: X Marks the Spot (A Stepping Stone Book)* by Erin Soderberg
Also by Erin Soderberg:

Puppy Pirates #1: Stowaway! (A Stepping Stone Book)
Puppy Pirates #2: X Marks the Spot (A Stepping Stone Book)
by Erin Soderberg
Ages 9 96 pages Random House July 2015 Paperback    

The most famous puppy pirate in the world, Growlin’ Grace, has buried her treasure on Boneyard Island. The puppy pirate crew from Old Salty has a treasure map to find it. With their newest pirates onboard (Wally the golden retriever, and a young boy named Henry), they use teamwork to get out of booby traps and make some new friends.

Henry, who knows knots, frees the pups when they get trapped by a net. He also helps them read the “blank” map. When a mudslide starts coursing toward them, the pups escape danger by coasting down the mud on leaf boats. And when they have to get the treasure out of the quicksand, Wally uses Piggly’s (a pug) magnet to fish it out.

Readers will be dying to know what is in that treasure chest. It’s a kind of treasure they will not be expecting, but it makes all the pups, even Rosie and her crew of Dalmatian guards, happy because it means more adventure for all of them.

Both books in this series can be read without reading the other, but the second one does summarize the events from the first. This latest book has numerous black-and-white illustrations (full-page and half-page) which depict the action from the story. Not all the pups are on their best behavior. Some of them spy and eavesdrop, but their behavior is excused (even when they fall through the roof and onto the captain’s desk) because they are honest about why they were doing it.

I would recommend this story to early chapter book readers who like dogs or pirates.

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