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“Animal lovers of all ages will cherish this moving tale of man's--or in this case, boy's--best friend.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Martin's book honors the unique companionship and healing powers that have earned dogs the title of man's best friend, and it will resonate with both the reader who is already a dog owner or who, like Henry, pines to be one.” ―Shelf Awareness
“[Martin] artfully alternates and gradually weaves together threads from the canine and human tales until the three stories converge in time anad space into a completely heartwarming and satisfying finale. Essential fare for fans of the perfectly crafted canine tale.” ―Kirkus, starred review
“This is a sensitive, gentle read that surrounds its occasional heartbreak with plenty of hope and warm feelings.” ―Booklist
“This is a touching and ultimately happy story that will appeal to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Shiloh (S & S, 1991) and Fred Gipson's Old Yeller (HarperCollins, 1942), as well as to a wider audience.” ―School Library Journal
“It is clear that Martin is not writing a conventional dog story but a serious and very fine book about life, death, and the need to keep going in order to find joy again, whether one is a human or a dog.” ―Horn Book Review--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Ann M. Martin is the author of the novels Belle Teal, A Corner of the Universe (winner of the Newbery Honor), Here Today, and A Dog’s Life, as well as the Doll People novels (written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick); the novels P.S. Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More, written with Paula Danziger, and the Baby-Sitters Club and Main Street series. Ann lives in upstate New York with her beloved dog, Sadie, whose mother was a stray, and several rescued cats.See all Product Description
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- Charlie, whose older brother just died
- Henry, who wants a dog more than anything in life
- Squirrel, a stray dog just making his way in life trying not to starve
I couldn't for the life of me figure out how these characters were going to connect, but oh boy you're in for a terrific surprise when you do. Everything for a Dog is a short, quick, easy read but still manages to pull on your heartstrings and make you cheer!
The first is of Bone, an abandon dog, who after living with three different families--if only briefly--wanders the countryside season after season, picking food from garbage piles and searching for a permanent home. The second point of view is of a boy named Charlie who is struggling to find normalcy after his older brother dies. Seeking comfort in his dog Sunny, Charlie waits for the day his mom returns, dad stops hiding behind his work, and they become a family again. But, when Sunny is accidentally shot and killed by a hunter, Charlie's world is once again turned upside down. Finally, we meet Henry, a boy who year after year asks for a dog and everything for a dog on his Christmas list. He tries, unsuccessfully, to convince his parents that he's responsible enough to care for one. His heart aches with a hole that will only be filled by a furry friend.
I raced to the end of this book, desperate to find out how the three storylines would be tied together. Readers will not be disappointed to find that sometimes, love overcomes grief and opening your heart again will bring happiness despite past tragedies.
-- Reviewed by Kerry O'Malley Cerra
I would warn, though, that if you or your family hunts or supports hunting, this book will need some serious discussion during and after reading the book. The hunting and hunters mentioned in this book are presented in a very negative light, and as if the egregious behaviors described are what all hunters do. As someone who grew up hunting and in a hunting family, I realize that some hunters are this way - but most aren't. Obviously not everyone hunts, and certainly there are those who will disagree with me (and might seek this book out FOR that negative portrayal of hunters). However, if you are neutral or supportive of hunting, be aware of this subtext.
My daughter initiated the discussion by telling me that the hunter shouldn't have been on the family's property, trespassing; he should have asked permission if he wanted to hunt there. Then we talked about how dangerous and wrong it is for anyone to shoot at something unless they know for certain what it is (and that it's OK to shoot). Again, there are awful 'hunters' out there like that, but that her Grandpas and her aunts and uncles are not that way, and don't tolerate people who behave that way either.
Overall it's really well-written, and I enjoyed the character arcs, and my daughter enjoyed them too. I just wish the author hadn't been quite so heavy-handed with her personal opinions about hunting and hunters.