Duncan, Lois. Hotel for Dogs (1971), News for Dogs (2009), Movie for Dogs (2010)
Actually listened to the book on tape for Hotel for Dogs last summer, and was surprised at how well it had held up, since it was published 40 years ago. I was also surprised that my library did not have a copy. I enjoyed the story, and since dogs have been newly popular in my library this year, invested in the entire set.
At first, I was surprised that the second book came out in 2009, but since the movie of the first book also came out then, it makes sense. The second and third books include updated technology (the newspaper is online) but have the same nice relationship between siblings Andi and Bruce, the same somewhat kooky aunt, and the local bully, Jerry, as well as the addition of his criminal cousin!
Have to admit that I have long been a Lois Duncan fan, with Down a Dark Hall being one of the rare books of my youth that I actually purchased and kept. Now, I really, really want a copy of her 1965 title, Debunate Hill! Of course, there is only one copy in the entire state of Ohio, at the Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green, and it's "library use only". Drat.These books represent another side of the author, and should be included in most middle grade collections. The covers alone make them worthwhile!