The Pet Detective has his work cut out when his favourite football goes missing. With his dog, Rooney, he sets out to follow the clues; an open window; a missing football; a dirty big footprint; a bubblegum wrapper and a rustle in the bushes. It isn't long before the Pet Detective has located the culprit. * Gold/Band 9 fiction books offer developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. * Text type - A story by the same author. * A storyboard on pages 22 and 23 provides an opportunity for children to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Animals and us. * Tortoise Trouble is another Pet Detective story by Jana Hunter in the Collins Big Cat series. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.