When author Eleanor Estes sat in school, just like you, a dog appeared at her school window with a pencil in its mouth. This dog inspired Ginger Pye, a story of an “intellectual dog.” When Jerry Pye proudly brings his new puppy home, his steps are dogged by someone in a mustard-colored hat. This unsavory character makes several mysterious appearances and then, Ginger Pye disappears. Has he been stolen by the unsavory character in the yellow hat? Will Jerry find Ginger? Check out this Newbury Medal winner. This book is a good choice for younger elementary aged students.