Blog Tour ~ Hopscotch and the Case of the Missing Memories by Kara Mugleston ~ Excerpt

Blog Tour ~ Hopscotch and the Case of the Missing Memories by Kara Mugleston ~ Excerpt

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A happy welcome to the Blog Tour for Hopscotch and the Case of the Missing Memories by Kara Mugleston!

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Hopscotch and the case of the missing memories, children's books, Dog, Kara Mugleston, Police, Criminal, trees, IllustrationsHopscotch isn’t your average detective. First, he’s a rescue dog. Second, he only has three legs. When his new, twin owners, Drew and Camilla, help their friend find his missing bike— and memories— Hopscotch tags along. The answer to their mystery will help the local police solve another investigation. But the answer also makes them primetargets for a criminal who’ll stop at nothing to escape. Hopscotch must catch the culprit, find the memories, and keep the twins safe. Otherwise, he risks being homeless . . . again.

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About the author:

Kara Mugleston, Author, Dog, Lick, PhotographI am an author, a mother (of two precious girls), an animal lover, and a world traveller. I love all things German, every pet in the world, and fuzzy socks.
My middle grade mystery, Hopscotch and the Case of the Missing Memories, debuts January 2, 2021

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Excerpt

Matt locked all seven locks on the door, nodding and murmuring.

Finally, he sighed and plopped down on the bed.

“You were saying?” he prodded Drew.

“This is Hopscotch. We adopted him at the beginning of the summer.”

Matt looked down at me. “You named a three-legged dog Hopscotch?”

Drew grinned broadly. “That was my idea. Because he has a little hop when he walks.”

“What happened to his leg?” Matt asked.

Drew shrugged. “We don’t know. The Humane Shelter found him that way.”

My heart tugged a little in my chest as I thought of Mikey, the four-year-old boy I had to leave behind. I shook my head and brought myself back to the present moment.

Camilla held out her hand shyly, the wallet in her palm. “We found this at the park. We thought it might be yours.”

He grabbed it and turned it over. He checked inside. “Thanks! I’ve been missing this.” He pulled out a ten-dollar bill. “And thanks for not taking my money.”

“Camilla wouldn’t let me,” Drew joked. Camilla elbowed him in the side.

“How did you know it was mine?”

A wicked smile lit up Drew’s face as he rubbed his ribs. “We hacked into the library system to find out who the library card belonged to. It was Camilla’s idea, but I did the hacking.”

Camilla elbowed him again.

“Ouch,” Drew growled, rubbing his side. “Stop that.”

“Seriously?” Matt blinked. “You guys, that is totally awesome!”

Drew beamed, but Camilla turned bright red.

A horn honked from across the street. Matt froze and held up a hand. “Wait.” He inched to the window, pulled back the drapes, and watched as a black sedan pulled out of his neighbor’s driveway.

Camilla whispered, “Matt, are you okay? What’s going on?”

Matt waited until the car was out of sight. “I’m fine. I’m just . . . just . . . I’m okay.”

“What’s going on?” she asked. “What’s up with all the locks?”

Matt gulped nervously. “Oh, you noticed? I was trying to play it cool.”

“It’s not working,” Drew said.

Matt licked his lips nervously. “I think I’m being followed.”

“Why would someone be following you?” Camilla asked.

“I don’t know. It’s just this red truck I keep seeing. It follows me to swim practice, or when I go to a friend’s house. It drives past my house at least once a day.”

“Do you know who it is?” Drew asked.

“No.” Matt started to breathe faster. He was starting to panic. I sat next to him and nudged his hand with my nose. He knelt down and petted me. Soon enough, his breathing calmed down a little.

He took a deep breath and continued his story. “There . . . there was an incident, a couple of days ago. I can’t give you all the details, but I—I think I saw something, something I wasn’t supposed to. But I can’t remember what it was.” His eyes, unfocused and hazy, stared at something far away from us.

“Okay, man, you’re creeping me out.” Drew slid closer to the door, placing his hand on the doorknob.

“Wait—wait.” Matt placed his hand on Drew’s arm. “Did you guys find my wallet by yourselves?”

“We used a computer, but other than that, yeah,” Drew responded.

“Would you be able to do it again?” Matt wiped the sweat from his forehead.

“Do what again?”

Matt held his wallet back out to the twins. “I have ten dollars,” he said. “It’s all I have. But I want to hire you.”

“Hire us to do what, exactly?” Camilla asked.

Matt swallowed. “I need your help finding something. Something I lost.”

“What did you lose?” Camilla asked.

“My memories.”


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