Hound Heaven

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Silver Nickles gazes at all the dog pictures she's pasted on the ceiling of her bedroom in the tarpaper shack on Muckwater Mountain, where she lives with Pawpaw. She wishes with all her might for a real dog of her own -- a dog for her to love, and maybe make up for some of the hurt she's felt ever since her parents and baby sister died in a car wreck. Silver has faith that she'll get a dog before her thirteenth birthday in July, but as Pastor Pete says, "Faith without works is dead." So she sets to work in a ...
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Silver Nickles gazes at all the dog pictures she's pasted on the ceiling of her bedroom in the tarpaper shack on Muckwater Mountain, where she lives with Pawpaw. She wishes with all her might for a real dog of her own -- a dog for her to love, and maybe make up for some of the hurt she's felt ever since her parents and baby sister died in a car wreck. Silver has faith that she'll get a dog before her thirteenth birthday in July, but as Pastor Pete says, "Faith without works is dead." So she sets to work in a kennel to earn money for a dog, and no one -- not her prissy best friend, Rose, nor ornery Pawpaw, and not Dudley "The Dud" Baxter -- can lessen Silver's grit and determination in the face of looming grief and obstacles.

Living with her grandfather on Muckwater Mountain in West Virginia, twelve-year-old Silver aggressively pursues her dream of having a dog by working to earn the money for one.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
High returns to Appalachian mountain country and mountain people similar to those portrayed in Maizie in this story of twelve-year-old Silver Nickles. Silver has been pummeled hard by fate. Her family is dead, and she lives in a shack with her grandfather hanging on to her faith that something good will happen. What she truly wants is a dog to love. Before this happy ending can occur, Silver must muster all of her considerable energies and learn to cope with other outsiders in her life. High has much warmth and insight for the characters peopling her world.
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Gr 5-7-The resilience of the human spirit and the power of love and faith are appealingly captured in this first-person narrative. On the ceiling above her bed, Silver Iris Nickles has stuck pictures of 52 dogs, naming her creation her Dream Dog Display. Her grandfather, with whom she has lived since her parents and baby sister died in an auto accident, calls it Hound Heaven. He has also made it clear that she'll get a dog over his dead body. However, she is determined to change his mind. Silver is a memorable heroine full of life, humor, and determination in spite of a terrible personal tragedy and few material comforts. She is surrounded by equally interesting secondary characters, all of whom insure that life around Muckwater Mountain, West Virginia, will not easily be forgotten by readers.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823411955
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Fifty-Two Dogs Stuck on the Ceiling 1
2 Easter Blind Bunny 8
3 Papaw's Pink Toenails 16
4 Faith and a Mustard Seed 21
5 The Dud at the Outhouse 27
6 The Queen and the Castle 33
7 The Little Prince 38
8 The Face at the Window 44
9 Pastor Pete's Tattoo 51
10 The Dud's First Parade 58
11 Everybody's Going to Die Someday 69
12 Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep 76
13 A Hug from the Dud 82
14 Bark Shanty, By Heart 92
15 A Glint of Gold 98
16 Looking High and Low 106
17 Some Mighty Strange Things on Muckwater Mountain 114
18 A Brand-Spankin' New Day 121
19 Clara Cough Cough Cooper 128
20 A Soul Must Do What a Soul Must Do 134
21 To Make a Long Story Short 142
22 Dear Silver Nickles 145
23 Two Dried-Up Old Lovebirds 152
24 Scrawny-Looking Critters 158
25 A Mixed-Up Mess of Emotions 163
26 Something Truly Heavenlike 170
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2000

    SHORT-LISTED IN ILLINOIS & OKLAHOMA

    Hound Heaven is a wonderful book. It was nominated for state book awards in Illinois and Oklahoma, and was a feature of the Jr. Library Guild. Includes some info about greyhound adoption.

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