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The Last Dog on Earth

The Last Dog on Earth

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by Daniel Ehrenhaft

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It’s Stephen King meets Shiloh in this thrilling action-adventure survival story perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHales the Sylo


It’s Stephen King meets Shiloh in this thrilling action-adventure survival story perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet#1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHales the Sylo Chronicles, and anyone who appreciates the loyal bond between a boy and his dog.
Logan Moore hates everyone. Everyone except Jack. A mangy mutt that nobody wants. Except Logan.
But Jack is in terrible danger. A mysterious disease is sweeping across the country, turning dogs into vicious, raging predators. Jack isn’t infected, but that won’t keep her safe. People are shooting dogs on sight, and asking questions later. Logan’s own parents want to hand Jack over to the authorities.
Now Logan and Jack are on the run. There’s nowhere they can turn and no one they can trust. Except each other.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A smartly written, thoroughly engrossing tale.”—Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced novel with stark language . . . readers will be sympathetic to the pair’s plight.”—School Library Journal

“Nicely written with a sprinkling of humor amid the pages of action and adventure.”—VOYA

Publishers Weekly
This fast-paced thriller set in Oregon blends elements of science fiction and a Gary Paulsen-like survival story with a coming-of-age tale about a rebellious teenager and his dog. Logan, at 14, has not seen his father since he was seven. His stepfather, Robert ("the All-Knowing Dictator of Everything"), wants to send him to Blue Mountain Camp for Boys, a kind of boot camp run by an ex-marine, but opts for a dog instead, to teach Logan "the value of discipline and responsibility." Choosing Jack, a feral stray, rather than the purebred Robert prefers, gives Logan the upper hand-but not for long. The author makes clear that Logan is not a bad kid; his small acts of rebellion simply tend to escalate. For instance, when Logan takes Jack into a local deli, the deli owner's dog menaces the two and things reel out of control. So it's off to Blue Mountain for the teen. Meanwhile, a mysterious virus begins spreading from dogs to humans, its progress tracked in a series of increasingly ominous e-mail messages, newspaper clippings, faxes, etc., interspersed throughout the narrative. The story's third plot line involves a reclusive scientist, the only one who can create an antidote to the deadly disease-but he requires an immune dog. Ehrenhaft (the Techies series) keeps things moving at a rapid clip, with tension and violence mounting incrementally as the story lines converge. If the bittersweet ending stretches credibility, this is still a smartly written, thoroughly engrossing tale. Ages 9-12. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Seventeen-year-old misfit Logan adopts a stray dog named Jack, but she is not the purebred animal that his stepfather, Robert, had in mind to teach Logan responsibility. Nevertheless, Logan and Jack form an immediate bond. After Logan is sent to boot camp for exploding a mini-mart microwave, he and Jack escape their respective "captors" and miraculously find each other in nearby woods. Logan, cut off from civilization, is not aware of the spreading disease turning family dogs into vicious animals, nor of the fear that has taken over. When the two are nearly starving and Jack is beaten by a vigilante group, Logan is forced to seek help from his estranged scientist father, who eventually discovers that Jack is the key to creating an antidote. This book is nicely written with a sprinkling of humor amid the pages of action and adventure. The reader might disagree with Logan's decisions, however, making it difficult to connect with his character. The plot is almost too coincidental-Logan happens to pass out near a car that happens to belong to his estranged father, who happens to be the one scientist to have studied this type of disease. As with many dog novels, this story ends with Jack's death. Still, Logan learns a thing or two about holding his temper, and he comes to better understand why both his father and stepfather behave the way they do. This novel would be a good recommendation for younger males looking for an adventurous story without a science fiction base. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Delacorte, 236p,
— Joyce Doyle
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-In this boy-and-his-dog tale with a twist, Logan Moore, 14, doesn't measure up to the expectations of his mom and stepdad, and is friendless at school. His one interest, inventing electronic gadgets, only gives vent to mischievous impulses. The teen lacks direction and self-esteem until he adopts Jack, a wild and mangy mutt. Initially, Logan is a reluctant caregiver, but real affection and trust soon blossom between the two as he proves himself to be a loving and effective trainer. The twist is provided by the emergence of a deadly and contagious disease that causes infected canines to become vicious before they die. These events are revealed through textual inserts (news reports, e-mails, etc.). A parallel story line involves a renegade scientist who may hold the key to developing a vaccine against POS, which can be developed from the blood of an immune animal. The disparate plots come together as Logan, running away with Jack from mandatory quarantine or worse, stumbles upon the scientist, who turns out to be his biological father, whom he hasn't seen in years. The dog proves to be immune and provides the life-saving solution to the scientific puzzle but sadly dies from brutal injuries inflicted by vigilantes. Last Dog is a fast-paced novel with stark language, and readers will be sympathetic to the pair's plight. However, one-dimensional characters and an unconvincing denouement ultimately reduce the book to the equivalent of a fast-food meal.-Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Warning: the dog dies. Actually, most of the dogs on the West Coast die here, victims either of a prion plague (think Mad Cow Disease) that turns them suddenly vicious in its last stages, or of systematic extermination. Worse yet, bitten humans turn out to be susceptible, too. Ehrenhaft, author of entries in the Bone Chillers series, places Logan, an Oregon teenager with family problems, and Jack, a wild dog he’s tamed who turns out to be immune to the plague, and therefore the key to a cure, against a backdrop of rising governmental and public panic. The two escape the plague, but not the panic: losing themselves in the woods despite the best efforts of Logan’s bad-news stepfather to keep them separately captive, the two fugitives are finally forced to place themselves in the care of Logan’s estranged father (a brilliant epidemiologist, forsooth) after Jack is brutally beaten by vigilante exterminators. Though happenstance plays a large role in the plot, and the author has a tendency to trot in typecast characters, then summarily drop them, disaster-tale fans with a taste for the lurid will not be let down by this melodramatic, if predictable, chiller. (Fiction. 11-13)

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"You know what the Wallaces' dog can do?" Robert asked. He slapped the steering wheel. "He can fetch his own leash when he wants to go for a walk. Can you believe that? Otis fetches his own leash!"

Robert had an annoying habit of slapping the steering wheel while he was talking and driving at the same time. Logan hated that.

Logan Moore hated a lot of things.

Mom said that hate was a strong word and that Logan shouldn't use it. Logan didn't agree. If hate was a strong word, then that was fine by him. If there had been a stronger word, he'd probably have used that one. In fact, hating was such a big part of his life that he kept a running list of all the things he hated.

The list changed from day to day. It could change from hour to hour, even. Sometimes it was bigger, sometimes smaller; sometimes it was just one word—Robert—so Logan never wrote the list down. He kept it in his head, where he kept everything else that mattered.

Right now the list read as follows:


1.Being in the car with Mom and Robert

2.Listening to Robert jabber on and on and never shut up about the Wallaces' dog

3.The Wallaces

4.Their dog

5.The name Otis

6.Devon Wallace

7.Being angry

The list always ended the same way, because even on a beautiful June afternoon—with summer vacation just starting and the sun blazing and the wind whipping through the open car window—Logan could count on being angry for one reason or another. At the very least, he could always be angry that Mom had married Robert, whose pockmarked face looked like the surface of an asteroid and whose mission in life was to be the All-Knowing Dictator of Everything. Logan could also be angry that his father had run off when Logan was seven and was now living the high life somewhere in the boondocks in a mansion he'd built by himself that probably had a hot tub and a trampoline—but Logan wouldn't know because his father had never invited him to the place and never would. (Not that Logan even wanted to go.) And of course he could be angry about being angry all the time, since it was a lousy way to feel.

But Logan had gotten used to all that sort of stuff. He'd had to get used to it, or else he'd go crazy. And then, who knew what could happen? He might turn violent. He might turn to crime. Then he would end up being one of those kids you see on talk shows: the kids whose heinous behavior proves to the studio audience that teenagers are, indeed, very evil—and isn't it high time we did something about it?

Today Logan was just angry because Robert had burst into his room without knocking. Again. Then he'd torn the place apart, searching for the TV remote control. Again. He couldn't find it, of course, because Logan didn't have it. But that didn't stop him from throwing all Logan's stuff all over the place . . . his clothes, his books, everything—even the lousy baseball mitt that he never used because it was so stiff that it felt like concrete, and besides, there was nobody to play catch with, anyway.

Then Robert told him to clean up the mess.

And on top of all that, Mom and Robert were dragging him to the Wallaces' Summer Kickoff Barbecue for the eighty billionth time. Logan would rather have his eyes poked out with a sharp stick. He'd rather be hurled into a pit full of poisonous snakes. He'd rather do anything than be stuck in the same place as both Robert and Devon Wallace.

But there was no point in dwelling on what he'd rather be doing.

Every year, the Wallaces hosted the same Summer Kickoff Barbecue. Everybody in Pinewood was invited. That was the Pinewood spirit. Pinewood was the lame housing tract in the lame town where they all lived—that being Newburg, Oregon, otherwise known as Lameville, USA. And every year, the star attraction of the barbecue was Devon Wallace, the King of Lameness himself.

Devon was fourteen, just like Logan. They'd been in the same class since they were five. They were both going to start ninth grade at the same high school in the fall. Given Logan's luck, they would probably go to the same college, work at the same office, and end up buried in the same cemetery, too.

For the longest time, Mom and Robert had been putting up a fight to make Logan become better friends with Devon. It didn't take a genius to see why. From an adult point of view, Devon was perfect. He was a perfectly adequate student. He had perfect blond hair and perfect teeth. He was one of those kids who looked as if he belonged in a toothpaste commercial. He played about a zillion different sports, too, including soccer and water polo—yes, water polo—all perfectly.

Logan, on the other hand, had messy brown hair and a crooked smile (which most people never saw). People said he looked like his mother. Why, he wasn't sure. Mom was a middle-aged woman. How could he possibly look like her? He and Mom were both skinny, though, and they had blue eyes, which was probably what people were talking about.

As far as school went, he hated it and skipped whenever he could. And when it came to sports, he was decent at minigolf, but not much else. He liked to go hiking. But you couldn't beat anybody at hiking.

In other words, he didn't rate so high on the perfection scale.

So it was natural that his mother and stepfather would want him to hang out with Devon Wallace. They were hoping that some of Devon's perfection would rub off on him. Unfortunately, Mom and Robert missed what every single other adult also seemed to miss about Devon—namely, that he was an ass.

He was the worst kind of ass, too: a mean one. When adults weren't around, Devon spent all his time bragging or picking on other kids—especially if they were younger. He treated Logan as if he were an idiot because Logan didn't get good grades. As if grades had anything to do with how smart you really were.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“A smartly written, thoroughly engrossing tale.”—Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced novel with stark language . . . readers will be sympathetic to the pair’s plight.”—School Library Journal

“Nicely written with a sprinkling of humor amid the pages of action and adventure.”—VOYA

Meet the Author

Daniel Ehrenhaft is an award-winning author of books for young adults. When he isn't writing, he serves as the Editorial Director of Soho Teen, at Soho Press. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Jessica; their son, Nate; and their scruffy dog, Gibby. Find out more at www.danielehrenhaft.com and follow Daniel on Twitter @danielehrenhaft.

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Last Dog on Earth 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book as great as this one!!!!!. Itsone of those books that you want to read day and night,1000 times over and over and over again!!!! This is the best book that ii will ever read!! I HAVE READ IT NINE TIMES ANG I WILL READ IT A MILLENE TIME MORE! BEST BOOK EVER, And i dont like to read:) :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)=)
AlyssaSaysRawrrr More than 1 year ago
This book is really an amazing tale about a boy and his companion. I read it first when I was younger then again when I was older and my opinion of the book has just gotten better. At first you may think this book is boring but the further you get into it the more your going to burn the pages to see what happens next. if you are a dog lover iwould highly reccomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first i thought this book was boring but you know never juge a book by its cover. It,s more like a action adventure book. you will be suprised at the end of the book. It is also a very sad book at the same time but this book should have a medeal because it was one of the best book i have ever read in my lifetime. And i am 13 years old. I read this book over the summer. 12/18/11 4:25 pm
Angie Toth More than 1 year ago
This book is relly good it was interesting fun and having you tobread more i now you will love this book i did i worth it trust me i dont relly like many books but this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story. Very in touch with the reader. An emotional roller coaster you won't want to miss out on.
Tea Araki More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i ever read
momma1EM More than 1 year ago
My 11 yr old son just LOVES this book. He checked this book out from his school library and has had it for at least 2 months now. He keeps rechecking it out. He asked me yesterday if I could buy it for him because he can read it over & over & over again. He also told me that he almost cried while reading it. For my son to feel this way about a book is awesome. So I think this will make a good Christmas present for him. And looks like it's a good price here on B&N.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Last Dog on Earth is a really good book. It seems kind of sad, but is very good to read. The story is about a 14 year old boy named Logan, who gets a dog from the pound. Jack, the dog's name, only likes Logan. There is a disease that is spreading across the country that affects dogs by making them go insane and then they die. People are shooting dogs wherever they see them. After an incident at a local business, Logan is sent to a boot camp, and escapes after a few weeks. Jack escapes to and finds Logan, and now they must hide from everyone. Like I said, the book is outstanding. It shows that anything can happen to a person, and that dogs can impact our lives. I think that this book is good for anybody that likes to read or somebody that likes dogs. The book is very good, and the plot is amazing. Logan, that practically no one likes, gets a special friendship with a dog named Jack, and they end up running away. This book is for anyone as long as they can understand stuff in the outside world. The Last Dog on Earth is probably the best book I've ever read. I give it 5 stars and a recommendation to people that love to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the sweetest book ever! Its 200 pages of excitement and suspence, and is truly amazing. I finished this book after about 4 hours because my eyeballs were literally glued the the pages untill i could magically let go after the last page :) thru out the whole book you can just feel the strong love and loyalty between logan and his dog jack. Even when logan feels like the world is crashing down with chaos, they still manage to hold on to life :) the ending is one of those that are sad, but leave u smiling :) definately reccomending this book! I'd say about grades 5-8
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this on bn.com & people said it was very good so I beleived (oops)them. & YOU need to beleive them to!!!! A fantactic book, & other people were right, you do need tishous!!(oop) I loved this book, U need to get it!! the recommended books: there both AMAZING!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is SUCH an amazing book! It made me cry, it was so sad and good. I love the plot, I love the characters, and I LOVE the ending! Everyone who loves dogs and loves to read in general HAS to read this book. After all, it's only the BEST book in the world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved The Last Dog on Earth, It is one of my favorites! You will regret not reading this book. It is a perfect story for teens, and dog lovers. So buy The Last Dog on Earth soon!!
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I would do that for my own dog, Josie. As a pitt and pointer mix she has the hound behavior. Sshe looks like a black and tan coon hound with pitt. Whatever she is she's my best friend that just happens to smell like a baboon's butt. :( yuck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Especally good for kids and teens.
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I love it!!!!!!
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This book is amazing i love it soo much but i hate reading the ending was OMG so sad i didnt want to read it aat first but a couple chapters into it and i couldnt put it down!!!! I sugest this book!!!!! <3
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