DISCOVERED! A Beagle Called Bella

Rainbow Street Shelter (Volume 6)

Wendy Orr; illustrations by Patricia Castelao

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

From the moment she’s born, the adorable beagle puppy named Bella has a lot of energy. She runs, she chases, she somersaults, she chews, and she sniffs . . . and sniffs and sniffs and sniffs. Her new owners love her, but they soon realize that Bella is bored while they’re out of the house all day, and that their small apartment might not be the best home for an energetic puppy.

Luckily, Mona at the Rainbow Street Shelter can help! She keeps an eye out for the perfect place for Bella, and soon she finds her not just a home but a job—the best job in the world for a dog who loves to sniff.


Read an Excerpt


One spring night when all the humans were asleep, a floppy-eared brown and white beagle started having puppies. Her owner got up to sit beside her box, stroking her when she got tired and telling her what a good mother she’d be.
Five hours later, six puppies were nestled in the box beside her. The mother dog had licked them clean till they squirmed and mewled newborn puppy squeaks. She’d snuggled around them so they could wiggle up to her and drink her milk. Now they were resting after the adventure of being born, and the tired mother was going to sleep.


Praise for DISCOVERED! A Beagle Called Bella

Praise for Lost! A Dog Called Bear:


“The story will thus appeal to fans of pet fiction as well as those who love happy endings to sad stories.” —BCCB


“The believable plot and inherent suspense will keep readers turning the pages of this fine addition to early chapter books.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Orr has a way with words and dialogue that brings this story to life. . . . A promising start for the Rainbow Street Shelter series.” —Booklist



Praise for Mokie & Bik:


“A wonderful stupendously blunderful read aloud: full of delicious word play that will delight listeners, with art reminiscent of Edward Ardizzone.” —Ellen Fader, Youth Services Coordinator, Multnomah County Library and ALSC Immediate Past President


“This set of splishy-splashy episodes will itself draw waggles from easy-reader graduates and read-aloud audiences in general.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Orr’s colorful use of language brings energy to the story. The many crosshatch drawings are often graceful and always appealing. A lively, unusual choice for young readers.” —School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Wendy Orr; illustrations by Patricia Castelao

  • Wendy Orr has written more than two dozen children’s books, including the first four books in the Rainbow Street Shelter series; Mokie and Bik; Ark in the Park; and Nim’s Island. She lives with her family in Australia, near the sea.
     Patricia Castelao was born in the rainy Santiago de Compostela, so she spent a lot of time drawing at home as a child. All that drawing led to her work on the Rainbow Street Shelter series and many other wonderful illustration projects.    
  • Wendy Orr


Available Formats and Book Details

DISCOVERED! A Beagle Called Bella

Rainbow Street Shelter

Wendy Orr; illustrations by Patricia Castelao



Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)