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Ghost Dog Secrets-Peg Kehret

  • Title: Ghost Dog Secrets
  • Author: Peg Kehret
  • Released: 2011-09-15
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  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 0142419648
  • ISBN13: 978-0142419649
  • ASIN: 0142419648

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From School Library Journal Gr 4-6–Sixth-grader Rusty comes across a German shepherd chained outside with no food, water, or shelter, and knows he has to do something about it. He begins by sneaking food to the dog, but when a ghostly apparition of a collie appears to Rusty, and he realizes that the dog has been hurt, he decides he has to do something more. With the help of his friend Andrew, he rescues the animal and gives it a home in their old fort. But is it rescuing, or stealing? Eventually, the adults in the boys' lives get involved, and while doing the right thing is no less complicated, a happy ending (for most parties) is achieved. Rusty's first-person narrative is not entirely convincing, but dog lovers and fans of thorny moral dilemmas will appreciate this fast-paced story. And three cheers for the author for depicting adults who are loving, involved, and competent.Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Mixing hard realities (like animal abuse) with the supernatural, Kehret’s latest suspense novel will appeal to readers who like frights but also like them quickly dispelled. The phantom canine of the title turns out to be the spirit of an abused dog that helps Rusty, the book’s sixth-grade narrator, find three other abused dogs and save them. It starts when Rusty sees a dog tied up in a yard without access to food or shelter. Rusty tries to do good on his own but by the end of the book has enlisted all of the human resources he has—his best friend, his mother, his teacher, his town’s animal-control officer, and the police—to do even better, not only saving three abused dogs but also uncovering a meth lab. Thoughtful but driven to act, Rusty makes a fine protagonist as he careens through the well-paced plot. Young readers will also end up with an illuminating introduction to the important work of animal-rescue organizations. Grades 5-7. --Abby Nolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. pdf
 
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