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Children's LiteratureThe book jacket of this YA novel nicely sums up the story: "born a boy, raised with dogs, became a hero". It starts out a bit slowly while focusing on adult characters, but as soon as the action focuses on dogboy Brind, it picks up speed. It has an extremely original premise: twelve-year old Brind was found as an infant among a litter of puppies. Since then he has lived with Sir Edmund, a medieval knight and Lord. Brind sleeps, eats, and plays with his master's brood of Mastiffs, functioning as both caretaker and member of the pack. Although he speaks English, Brind is also well versed in dogese: growling, barking, and snarling to communicate with both his canine companions and other humans. When Sir Edmund decides to take Brind and his dogs to fight a war in France, the action of the novel accelerates considerably. Along the way, Brind finds a ten-year old French orphan, Aurelie. When Sir Edmund is presumed dead and the pack of dogs disappears, Brind and Aurelie go off in search of Brind's favorite dog, Glaive. The two children survive in the woods on mushrooms and berries while fleeing from various dangers, including a fire, a possessive knight, and the evil and abusive Tullo. Plucky Aurelie is the most appealing of the main characters, but all are well developed, and the story moves along swiftly. This book was originally published in England under the name Brind. 2006, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, Ages 12 up.