The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes

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It's not that Charlotte hates dogs. Or that she wants all of them to disappear off the face of the planet. It's just that she doesn't see why everyone loves them so much.

So how did she get stuck taking care of a big, drooling Saint Bernard puppy? Rain or shine, hot or cold, poor Beauregard is left chained in the backyard. No one ever plays with him or checks his food and water bowls, and Charlotte can tell he's sad. So she makes sure he has water, gives him belly ...

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Overview

It's not that Charlotte hates dogs. Or that she wants all of them to disappear off the face of the planet. It's just that she doesn't see why everyone loves them so much.

So how did she get stuck taking care of a big, drooling Saint Bernard puppy? Rain or shine, hot or cold, poor Beauregard is left chained in the backyard. No one ever plays with him or checks his food and water bowls, and Charlotte can tell he's sad. So she makes sure he has water, gives him belly rubs—blech!—and feeds him every single day. But it's kind of a pain, and she knows Beauregard deserves better. There's a new girl at school who lives in a huge house—plenty of room there for a big dog.

Charlotte has an idea. Now all she needs is a plan. Maybe a lot of plans.

How do you rescue your own dog?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Unlike the typical "girl wants a dog and makes a plan to trick her parents into letting her have one" middle-grade story, Charlotte Hayes already has a big Saint Bernard and makes a plan to find him a better place to live than her dysfunctional home. Charlotte's home has a Mom with postpartum depression, a Dad who does not directly speak to anyone in the family, a self-absorbed big sister, and an infant brother. Charlotte's Dad purchased the dog, Beauregard and, after bringing him home, paid little attention to him as well. Charlotte becomes the resident dog caretaker, but "isn't a dog person," so she decides to figure out ways to find Beauregard a better home, but first, she has to figure out a way to buy him from her father who thinks a life in the backyard is just fine for the big dog. Charlotte needs a job and a lot of money. The large, likeable dog is quite lucky to have latched onto the wisest one in the family. Charlotte tries dropping him at the pound, does online research on rescue groups and, in effect, learns about Saint Bernard rescue and ultimately finds him a great home, making many new friends along the way. Some very timely and interesting topics are covered in a gentle, first-person style. The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes will appeal to both girls and boys who have ever felt like no one in their family understands them except, maybe, the dog. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
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Gr 3-5

Sixth-grader Charlotte Hayes, upset by her family's neglect of their Saint Bernard, takes care of him even though she isn't much of a dog person. Her father, who likes bargains and the breed's looks, gets the pup cheap from a coworker and is attentive at first, as is her older sister. Her mother, never enthusiastic about a pet that will eventually weigh 200 pounds, doesn't want him in the house because he drools. Charlotte knows that she needs to find a better home for Beauregard, one where he isn't kept outside all the time with a doghouse that is too small and a water dish that only she fills. With help from two friends as well as from an elderly woman, Charlotte succeeds-and then learns that maybe she is a dog person after all. Wise beyond her years, the protagonist is extremely concerned about what is right. This is a sweet, gentle story for larger collections.-Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA

Kirkus Reviews
Following the excellent Me and the Pumpkin Queen (2007), Kennedy returns with another original novel for young readers. Charlotte, 12 years old, doesn't think of herself as a dog lover but steps in to care for a St. Bernard that her father bought cheap and now neglects, since the pet has outgrown its cute puppyhood. Beauregard is chained in a shadeless spot, his shelter a doghouse he can no longer fit into; in the summer heat, no one even fills his water dish. Determined to find a better life for the sweet animal, Charlotte hatches half-baked schemes to find him a new home. As each fails, her planning gets more sophisticated. A maturing Charlotte contrasts sharply with her unconcerned though benignly depicted parents. Her first-person, present-tense voice captures perfectly the emerging moral awareness of young teens as it comes up against the impotence of late childhood. Another fine effort, perhaps this entertaining read will serve to catch the attention of children everywhere living with too-easily neglected pets that have outgrown cute. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061452413
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,445,691
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 3.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Marlane Kennedy moved to Circleville, Ohio, at age eleven. She participated in many Pumpkin Show parades as a child, but never tried growing her own giant pumpkin. But after writing Me and the Pumpkin Queen, she planted her own Howard Dill's Atlantic Giant seed and grew a 250-pounder, pictured above, that took fifth prize in her local fair. Marlane Kennedy is also the author of The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes. She lives in Wooster, Ohio, with her husband and three children.

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The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes

Chapter One

I might as well admit this straight up. I am not a dog person.

Never asked for one, pleaded for one, or begged for one.

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I dislike dogs or am scared of them or think the world would be a better place without them. It's just that I'm not the type of person who melts when she sees a basset hound or wants to rush over and hug any Lab she happens to cross paths with. When I see a dog, I usually don't give it a second glance.

And yet here I am, a certified non-dog lover, talking to a drooling Saint Bernard and scratching him behind his ear even though I'd much rather be inside, gulping down a can of cold grape soda. Especially after the steaming hot walk I just had coming home from school.

The dog's name is Killer. That is what my daddy decided he should be called. But he's lived with us for seven months now, and there's not a microscopic bit of meanness to be found in any of the big bones under his shaggy brown and white fur coat.

Daddy's second choice for a name wasn't any better for him: Cujo. Like the crazy dog that ripped people apart in that old movie.

A good name for him would have been something like Sweetie Pie. But I can't call him that because after all he is a boy, and he might take offense.

So I call him Beauregard.

"You like the name Beauregard, don't ya?" I ask.

His tail thumps dirt, kicking up dust as a response.

"Everyone should like their name. I like mine okay. Charlotte Hayes. Could be worse, I guess."

More tail thumping.

Having the name Killer is the least of this dog'sproblems, though. Unfortunately all his problems have somehow become my problems. I just wish I knew what to do about it.

Beauregard collapses to the ground, legs straight up, giant paws dangling in the air.

He's asking for a belly rub.

The white of his belly is covered with brown. He's been lying in dirt where the grass has been worn away. I really don't want a coating of dirt on my hands.

He stares up at me, pleading from his upside-down position. I look away and notice his water bowl is empty. It's been in the upper eighties today, and Beauregard has to be terribly thirsty, so I ignore his plea for a belly rub and pick up the empty bowl instead. I march over to the outside spigot and fill it to the brim. Sploshing water until my sneakers squish, I carry the bowl back and set it down. Beauregard jumps up and makes a nosedive into it, lapping water like crazy.

Even though it's technically the first week of fall, it feels more like the middle of summer here in Greater Oaks, West Virginia. I put my hands on top of my head, hoping to catch a faint breeze. My orange hair feels like an electric stovetop burner twisted all the way to high.

Beauregard pauses from his frantic drinking long enough to drool and give me a melancholy stare. Saint Bernards always look a bit sad with their droopy eyes and saggy mouths, but I know he'd at least look a little happier if I could bring him inside with me. He's been an outside dog since we've had him, but for the past four months he hasn't even had a moment's break from his chain.

Beauregard, finished with his water, rolls onto his back once more and lets out a whimper. I was hoping he'd forget about that belly rub. He whimpers again and sounds so pitiful that I go ahead and kneel beside him and begin stroking his dirty fur. I swish a few gnats away with my free hand.

"Life's not fair, is it, boy?" I ask.

He groans and flops from his back to his side and begins panting.

Life's not fair for Beauregard. It's not fair for me either. 'Cause I'm the one stuck taking care of him.

The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes. Copyright (c) by Marlane Kennedy . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    This book is good

    I love this

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    DOG

    I love this book. Plan after plan doesn't work out, and Charlotte seems to give up... until one day...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Very good :)

    I enjoyed this book. It was a loyal and joyful book. A girl who is not a fan of dogs starts to care for one. I highly recommend this book. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should definitly read this book whether you like dogs or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    Great Story!

    Charlotte Hayes is NOT a dog person, but when her dad comes home with a young Saint Bernard Charlotte is left to feed and clean up after him. Soon Charlotte gets sick of taking care of ¿Killer¿ and creates a crazy plot to give him a better home. Will she find a home for him?<BR/><BR/>I have to admit, I LOVED this story. It was better than I ever expected. I loved all the characters. They were VERY realistic. The story was easy to understand and enjoyable.<BR/><BR/>I will definitely read this book again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Beauregard is a big, drooling, slobbery mess of a Saint Bernard and Charlotte is sick of taking care of him. But she knows she has to, because no one else will. Her father brought him home a few months ago but no one will look after him. Charlotte dreams that Beauregard will go to a good family, one that lets him come inside the house and that will love him. Plans fail and Charlotte is about to give up. Then she heard about the Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation. The problem is, her father doesn¿t agree with what Charlotte has planned out. Then again, what if Charlotte doesn¿t either?<BR/><BR/>The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes was exactly what I was hoping for. It was simply cute. The storyline was steady and the plot grew deeper with each chapter. I became entranced with Charlotte¿s life. It was fun to read and I enjoyed every bit of it. The word choice was simple but it easily explained everything. The friendships formed helped each character grow in their own way, especially Charlotte. The synopsis on the back cover summarizes the story perfectly. I can¿t put it better myself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Ok

    This books not my fav but not my least fav so im guessing three stars is enough

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    I hate this book but i am glad you like it

    I didnt even finish the first chapter before I got bored. But it is always okay to have your own opinion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    How do you put your name on it???????????

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