City of Dogsby Livi Michael
Sam has always wanted a dog, but Jenny is a dog like no other. She has come from another world?a parallel world of mythology, where the whims of the gods decide the course of Destiny. Jenny fled in terror after her attempt to save the life of her first beloved boy interrupted the gods? plans for a battle for control of the world. But now her escape threatens Sam?s… See more details below
Sam has always wanted a dog, but Jenny is a dog like no other. She has come from another world?a parallel world of mythology, where the whims of the gods decide the course of Destiny. Jenny fled in terror after her attempt to save the life of her first beloved boy interrupted the gods? plans for a battle for control of the world. But now her escape threatens Sam?s world as well. So Jenny has to convince her motley pack of dog friends?tiny Pico, giant Gentleman Jim, slow-moving Boris, excitable Checkers, and nervous Flo?that it?s their destiny to restore the worlds to order before it?s too late.
Norse mythology, a huge respect for the hearts and minds of dogs, and many dashes of humor combine to tell the tale of a grand, epic quest to save the world for humans, gods, and dogs.
Gr 5-8 Elements of Norse and Greek mythology mingle in this animal fantasy. Fleeing Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods that is engulfing her world, a brave little dog is magically transported to our world and rescued by Sam and his three odd aunts. At first, Jenny feels happy and safe in her new home, but gradually she realizes that Fenrir, the hound of Ragnarok, threatens to overwhelm this world as well, so she recruits a ragtag band of misfit dogs to fight back. Stouthearted Chihuahua Pico and old tracker Gentleman Jim must journey beyond the edge of the world to gain the help of Orion the hunter, while excitable Checkers and slow, plodding Boris enter the underworld to enlist the aid of Cerberus, the hound of hell. Meanwhile, flighty poodle Flo must outwit Fenrir's world-devouring wolves. Various mythological characters-Charon, Baldur, the Furies, Harpies, etc.-make appearances, and even Sam's aunts aren't quite what they seem at first. The rather complicated plot jumps back and forth among the canine questers, and the abrupt changes of setting-from the rainbow bridge Bifrost to Hades to the Elysian Fields-can be a challenge to follow. The tone and dialogue also vary widely, ranging from portentous and mythic to modern vernacular-sometimes by the same character within the same page. (Would the ferryman of the dead be likely to complain petulantly, "This isn't a taxi, you know?") An additional choice where the demand for animal fantasy is high.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Meet the Author
Livi Michael lives in Lancashire, England. The Whispering Road was shortlisted for England’s Nestle Children’s Book Award, Ottakar’s Book Award, and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award.
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This is a great book and I would recommend it for mythology and animal lovers or anybody who wants a good book. This story is about a dog name Jenny who was chased out of her home, Ragnarok. Jenny is later found by a boy name Sam and soon becomes friends with the other local dogs. Jenny is no ordinary dog from the start and soon sparks something in each dog which leads them on an extraordinary journey. This book is a blend of Norse mythology as well as the modern day world. The characters have some depth because a chapter is spent on each of the important minor characters. They plot sucked me in and I read this book in only a couple of days. This is not a hard book to read and it has an inserting plot.