Dog Friday
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Dog Friday

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Cheerful mayhem carries the day in this new middle-grade novel from the author of "The Exiles". Ten-year-old Robin Brogan's life takes a turn for the interesting when a new family with five children moves next door. And when Robin, who's terrified of dogs, finds a starving, abandoned dog on the beach, it's his new neighbors who help him overcome his fears to save an… See more details below

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Cheerful mayhem carries the day in this new middle-grade novel from the author of "The Exiles". Ten-year-old Robin Brogan's life takes a turn for the interesting when a new family with five children moves next door. And when Robin, who's terrified of dogs, finds a starving, abandoned dog on the beach, it's his new neighbors who help him overcome his fears to save an animal that desperately needs him. 144 pp. Ages 8-12. Pub: 12/97.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On the Yorkshire coast, a boy overcomes his fear of dogs when a starving mutt needs his help. "Snappy dialogue, an animated plot and a singularly refreshing crew of characters mark this fetching novel," said PW in a starred review. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Charles Wyman
In this zany tale, ten-year-old Robin's mother runs a coastal bed and breakfast called the Sea View. The story begins when Robin is attacked by a dog and develops an overwhelming fear of them. The unconventional Robinson family moves in next door with fraternal twins Perry (Perigrene) and Ant (Antoinette) plus two other siblings and a dog. The twins try to help Robin overcome his fear of dogs, but are not successful. Then Robin finds a starving little black dog on the beach and by caring for it, his fears begin to dissipate. The kids have a multitude of adventures and scrapes and Robin gains several new and interesting friends.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Ant, Perry, Beany, and Sun Dance Robinson soon take over the lives of Robin Brogan and his mom in one of the most delightful books of the year. The 4 kids write and place an ad in the local newspaper to make up for their unintentional hi-jinx that chases away customers from the Brogan's B & B. It works, too. When Robin saves Friday, an abandoned starving dog, he has to wait a week before he can claim ownership. English law requires that length of time in case the owner is found. During this week the Robinsons engage in hilarious antics. Truly a laugh out loud story.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Since being attacked by a dog, Robin, 10, is afraid of them, but finding an abandoned mutt on the beach helps him overcome his fear. He wants to keep Friday but his mother, who runs a less-than-successful bed-and-breakfast business, insists that they turn him over to the RSPCA for seven days in case his owners call to claim him. In the meantime, Robin gets to know the new next-door neighbors-a cheerful, wildly nutty bunch of kids, one of whom is emotionally disturbed-and must deal with Dan, a bully. When Robin sees a notice about a lost dog that fits Friday's description, he is overcome with guilt and decides to notify the animal's rightful owners. Fortunately, it is a case of mistaken identity, and in the end Robin and his canine pal are able to stay together. This is a poignant novel about honesty and the complexities of friendship. All the characters are well drawn and Robin's sensitive nature will appeal to readers. The British coast setting and language may be difficult for some readers to identify with; nevertheless, the story is entertaining, funny, and thoughtful, and the characters have depth.-Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689817656
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
381,111
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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