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The Spy Game

 THE SPY GAME , a picture book by J.D. Holiday

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E-books of THE SPY GAME 

Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with.  A puppy would pull on a rope. Catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named about a famous spy.
What can you do with an old dog? It probably couldn't learn new tricks, and the only thing this dog did was stare.  It's what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends!

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You know the contests you see on blogs all the time? Be sure to enter when you have time
(and of course - if you're a child, ask your parents first!). I won a book by J.D. Holiday called
"The Spy Game." It's a lovely story about a little boy who wants a puppy, but instead gets 
an older dog. As he feeds and walks the dog, he gets to know and appreciate the uniqueness of his new friend -
and he gets involved in a mystery, too! I hope you'll check out "The Spy Game."
Posted by Donna Shepherd

The Spy Game by J D Holiday is an illustrated story for children, ages 6 – 11 I would say by Stephanie Dagg
Our hero Eddie is none too pleased at the beginning of the book as he’s just had a dog dumped on him. Uncle Reese turns up with Sidney, a friendly black dog, who used to belong to a famous spy apparently. I can share Eddie’s dismay as his mum and dad expect him to do everything for the dog, taking him for walks and feeding him, and all this before they even know how Sidney is around kids! This struck me as a little over the top but I dare say kids like that kind of parental bad behaviour.
Eddie can’t play with his friends as much because of Sidney but gradually he starts to appreciate him. Sidney barks loudly one night when he and Eddie hear a noise. Eddie is impressed at how brave Sidney is.
Then Dana’s cat is stolen and Eddie and Sidney are called in to help. Eddie is sure that having lived with a spy, Sidney knows how to keep tabs on people and track them down. Dana thinks the local “cat people”, who remain very mysterious, took him but that isn’t the case. Her cat has actually wandered off to have kittens and it’s Sidney that finds her. Dana wants to give him a newborn kitten to say thank you but fortunately, for the tiny helpless baby cat, Eddie declines the offer!
Eddie looks forward to his next adventure with Sidney.
There are lots of detailed pictures in the book in a style that appeals to kids. My eleven year old enjoyed the story.

THE SPY GAME: J.D. HOLIDAY by Reviewer Fran Lewis

Story notes:
 My brother, Ike's dog, Sheeba had puppies. He asks me to take this one puppy he named, Sidney Reilly after a spy series he and I watched together.  At the time I had a dog and didn't think my older dog, Snoopy would be happy with a new addition.
My brother felt sure this dog was for me and he kept it with that in mind. When the puppy was 11 months old, my brother, Ike died of a heart attack. AND Sidney came to me.
I was wrong to think that my dog, Snoopy and Sidney would not get along. They did in their own way. 
Though this did not happen in real life, in The Spy Game I have my brother bring Sidney to my character's house to live.   ~ JD Holiday