The Boy Who Spoke Dogby Clay Morgan
Jack, a storm-snatched cabin boy, washes up on a mysterious island. He finds sheep, sheep dogs, and wild dogs called fangos, but strangely, no people. Jack struggles to survive, to understand the dogs, and to befriend a little Border collie named Moxie. She and the other sheep dogs are mystified by the skinny boy, who does not fit their myths about people. During a… See more details below
Jack, a storm-snatched cabin boy, washes up on a mysterious island. He finds sheep, sheep dogs, and wild dogs called fangos, but strangely, no people. Jack struggles to survive, to understand the dogs, and to befriend a little Border collie named Moxie. She and the other sheep dogs are mystified by the skinny boy, who does not fit their myths about people. During a final battle between the fangos and the sheep dogs, Jack finds he can communicate with the dogs, a discovery that deepens his friendship with Moxie and validates his life on the island. But the crew from Jack's ship returns to rescue him-now that Jack does not want to be rescued.
This middle-grade novel, told from Moxie's and Jack's alternating points of view, reads like a classic adventure story-vivid, swiftly paced, and woven with the timeless themes of a boy's self-reliance and the intense loyalty of dogs.
- Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
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- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Clay Morgan is the author of the adult book Santiago and the Drinking Party. Mr. Morgan lives with his wife, Barbara, an astronaut and teacher, and their two sons.
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I am 11 years old and most books sort of bore me. This book was outstanding! I can't wait to read the next one, The Boy Who Returned From the Sea. I wish these books would be made into movies!!!!
When I decided to read this book, I noticed that it was intended for an audience younger than myself, and that almost detered me from reading it. I'm glad it didn't. This is by far my favorite book, and I am trying to get ahold of another copy, and it's sequel which I have not yet read, but I am sure it will be as great as the first one. Jack makes a good main character from the human point-of-view, and Moxie is so loveable, and not just because she is a Border Collie (I LOVE Border Collies). It is an original read, and the dogs' views on humans make humans have second thoughts about their furry friends and their views on us. I look forward to reading it again and again, as it is that kind of book. It is not a long read for the people who are not very fond of reading, and is definently worth it.
It was a huge waste of time. The plot was flimsy and pointless, the ending was pathetic, and overall, I want a refund for my wasted time!
I read this book in 1 day because it was really great. It was emotional in the end and I can't wait for the next one. Really! The way it was written, and the way it showed the dogs point of view and the boys point of view was really cool. The end of the story was left open for a sequel, but I haven't found out if there is one. But I sure hope so!
This book started to bore me at the beginning, im 11 and yet im into books such as intensity by Dean Koontz. This book wasnt that bad, but it was a class assignment, i didnt get to choose what i read. I really didnt like the book that much because it really was that exciting, in fact, the details somewhat bored me and put me to sleep on some nights. I think that more detail, a little more scary or frightening and alot more action!!!! But i didnt really read all of this book i was just looking for a nice summary to give me the idea for my report,so thanx! and any more questions look me up www.myspace.com/huntermx992