Smells Like Dog is another fun, well-written, and funny middle grade novel from Suzanne Selfors. It is the story of Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who dreams of going on grand adventures like his uncle, the famous explorer Drake Pudding,and the dog he inherits when his beloved uncle mysteriously vanishes.
Homer doesn't understand why Drake would call a droopy dog with no sense of smell "his most treasured possession" , until he discovers a mysterious coin hidden on Dog's collar. Soon Homer, his sister Gwendolyn, and Dog are off to The City, a dangerous metropolis where they meet the conniving Madame La Directeur, Head of the Natural History Museum.
Homer soon realizes that Madame wishes to steal the coin and take Homer's place in a secret society of adventurers known as L.O.S.T. Along the way, Dog is stolen, just as Homer learns that Dog has a hidden talent- he can smell treasure. Homer must go deep into the heart of the Museum to defeat Madame, rescue Dog, and take his uncle's place in L.O.S.T.
Praise for Smells Like Dog:
"Smells Like Dog is a fantastic tale in every good sense of the word. Homer's wild pursuit of his destiny is both exhilarating and soulful. Like his faithful (and talented) hound, he refuses to take no for an answer. Homer W. Pudding: my kind of hero."
—Rebecca Stead, author of First Light and When You Reach me
"If you ever wished you could find a treasure map, if you ever checked the walls of your house for hidden passages, if you ever had a dream that no one else understood, then you will love SMELLS LIKE DOG. Full of fantastic characters (eccentric adventurers, sinister and surprising villains, and one droopy but very special dog), delightful humor, and wonderful adventures, this book is a treasure. Every page made me smile."
—Sarah Beth Durst, author of Into the Wild and Out of the Wild
Suzanne Selfors is a national best selling author of the Ever After High School Stories series, the Imaginary Veterinary series, the Smells Like Dog series, and many other books. She's earned five Junior Library Guild Awards and a WA State Book Award. She's been a Kid's Indie Pick, a Scholastic Book Fair bestseller, and been included in Bank Street's 100th Edition of Best Children's Books, Smithsonian Magazine's Notable Children's Books, and Amazon's Best Children's Books.
She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest where rain falls like music and horses are beloved.