Upton Charles-Dog Detective

What They’re Saying about Upton Charles

‘Disappearing Diamonds is an enjoyable experience for young readers.’ The West Roxbury Transcript

‘The beginning, middle and ending flow well together to make this a good story with educational and entertaining elements. It’s perfect for school- aged kids.’ KIDS FIRST!

‘Move over McGruff the Crime Dog, Upton Charles is here to sniff for clues and solve your mysteries.’ Cantabrigia

‘One of its appealing aspects is that it is a mystery, the other is that the main character is a dog detective who thinks out loud as the narrator of the story. Note, he is not a talking dog, just a dog whose thoughts we can hear.’ KIDS FIRST

 ‘This dog takes a bite out of crime.’ Cambridge Chronicle

‘Perfect for the read-to-me or the I-can-read-it myself age group.’ Boston Globe

‘D. G. Stern’s delightful series of adventures starring Upton Charles.’

Upton Charles will make a believer out of every reader.’ Midwest Book Review

‘To solve the paw-fect crime, call Upton!’ The Harvard Coop

‘Told from the viewpoint of a very special dog, “Winter Wonderland” promises to be a great mystery reading experience for kids ages 8-11. “Winter Wonderland” also can be read aloud by an adult as an exciting chapter book for a younger audience.’ Midwest Book Review

 ‘This story is entertaining and educational with historical facts and valuable social lesson to be learned. The message inherent in the story is that things do not always have to be worth a lot of money to be valuable.’ KIDS FIRST!

 ‘The action-packed mysteries are intended to be “read with me” books so that parents and teachers can be involved with reading at an earlier age. Older readers can also read through and enjoy them on their own.’ NewportPatch

‘Logical deductive thinking, teamwork, paying attention to random clues to put the jigsaw puzzle together, who would think these skills could be helped and taught by a dog, even a very smart dog?’

 ‘As a teacher of constructive logical, deductive thought, Upton rules.’ Midwest Book Review

‘Upton Charles is a positive character, the family members are appealing and the story is engaging. The illustrations are quite simple and the story’s historical facts give it extra depth.’ KIDS FIRST!

 ‘The adorable, astute Upton is full of energy and humorous “remarks” as he tries to communicate with humans. This is sure to be a favorite with most all children!’ Rockin’ Book Reviews

 ‘The author brilliantly infuses historically significant facts into the narration in a painless and entertaining manner’ KIDS FIRST!

‘Another wonderfully entertaining adventure in author D. G. Stern’s outstanding ‘Upton Charles: Dog Detective’ series, “Tip Top” is especially and highly recommended for young readers ages 7 to 11 and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to both school and community library fiction collections for young readers.’ Midwest Book Review

'Upton Charles and his family is back for yet another mystery! This one is entertaining and has an educational twist to it, as well. It flows well from beginning to ending and children will want to know how the mystery is solved.' KIDS FIRST!

'I loved the humor and wit in the story, and I think it would make a great holiday book to read by the beach. It is entertaining and teaches children the importance of teamwork, deductive reasoning and logic.'

'Not only is the action of the mystery, adventure and idea of teamwork wonderful for younger children, the underlying message of questioning and being curious is also another great additive of this book. It shows children that it is beneficial to be creative and use their imagination while learning.' KIDS FIRST!


Each book in the series has a downloadable standards based book study (click here)

All books in the series are available on Kindle