Lucky Dog: Twelve Tales of Rescued Dogs

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A collection of short stories from favorite authors, all about dogs and the kids who love them. Proceeds will be donated to RedRover, an organization that helps animals in need!

This collection is full of heartwarming and hilarious stories about the Pawley Rescue Center, where rescued dogs find their way into hearts and homes. You'll meet Foxtrot, a feisty Pomeranian who can't bear the thought of leaving her best friend. And Beatrice, whose bark is definitely worse than her ...

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Overview


A collection of short stories from favorite authors, all about dogs and the kids who love them. Proceeds will be donated to RedRover, an organization that helps animals in need!

This collection is full of heartwarming and hilarious stories about the Pawley Rescue Center, where rescued dogs find their way into hearts and homes. You'll meet Foxtrot, a feisty Pomeranian who can't bear the thought of leaving her best friend. And Beatrice, whose bark is definitely worse than her bite. And then there's Pumpkin, one of the 101 Chihuahuas who turn life at the center upside down. Whether drooling, dueling, or just fooling around, these captivating canines will show you why the dog is kid's best friend!

LUCKY DOG features sweet and silly stories about playful pups and the kids who love them by some of your favorite authors: Randi Barrow, Marlane Kennedy, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Kirby Larson, C. Alexander London, Leslie Margolis, Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens, Ellen Miles, Michael Northrop, Teddy Slater, Tui T. Sutherland, and Allan Woodrow.

2014 Parents' Choice Award Approved Fiction

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Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Meet Oscar, a shy Cavalier King Charles spaniel with pleading, brown eyes. Meet Foxtrot and Bear and Bagley and Lena; these dogs are friends for life, despite the fact that they are as different as can be. Meet Beatrice, who does not know the meaning of fear—a wonderful trait that her owner adopts. Then there is Foster, too shy to show himself from underneath the porch, and do not forget Alice, a little girl afraid of dogs—until she encounters the one who is exactly right for her. What do you have when you mix a dozen dogs with pedigreed authors? A mutt of a book—and everyone knows that mutts are the best kind. These heartwarming, tear-jerking, lovable stories combine to make one fantastic, purebred book. Every dog lover from young to old will cherish these stories. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
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2014-01-04
Thirteen dog-loving authors contribute 12 short stories about dogs at the Pawley Rescue Center and the humans who love them. An 11-year-old sick of his fighting parents and their "bird's-nest" custody arrangement (he stays in the family house while they move in and out) finds comfort in the floppy-eared rescue he names Bird Dog. Friendship between their dogs leads to peace between a bully and his target. An opinionated Pomeranian befriends an Old English sheepdog and pitches a fit when an adoptive family takes her home without her One and Only Truest Best Friend in the World. Some stories are told from a kid's perspective and others from a dog's, but every one tugs at readers' heartstrings as dogs and humans are brought lovingly together. The bleaker side of animal shelters is left unaddressed; readers are led to understand that dogs who don't get adopted might be lonely, but no reference is made to what happens when Pawley's kennels are full. (There is, however, a graphic anecdote about the demise of two Siamese fighting fish unwisely put into the same tank.) There's nothing wrong, however, with letting dog stories stay uplifting, and these will easily bring tears to dog lovers' eyes. A varied and heartwarming set of doggy tales...or is that tails? (Short stories. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545554510
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 238,393
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Randi Barrow is an attorney and amateur historian, who has also published adult nonfiction. When dogs entered her life a dozen years ago, the effect was profound. SAVING ZASHA, her first children's book, was inspired and informed by her canine friends. Now a full-time writer, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, musician/composer Arthur Barrow, and their Chihuahua mix companion, Manuel.

Marlane Kennedy is the author of ME AND THE PUMPKIN QUEEN and THE DOG DAYS OF CHARLOTTE HAYES. She has lived through one tiny earthquake, the blizzard of 1978, and a tornado that swept through Wooster, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Though she is having a blast writing about disasters, she is hoping not to add any more to this list! You can find her online at www.marlanekennedy.com.

Elizabeth Cody Kimmel lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley. Elizabeth is the author of many books for children, including The Invention of Moxie Roosevelt, Balto and the Great Race, and the Suddenly Supernatural Series. She spends her spare time reading, hiking, singing in the choir, rock climbing, and trying to communicate telepathically with her beagle.

Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor book HATTIE BIG SKY, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, and DEAR AMERICA: THE FENCES BETWEEN US. She has also written a number of picture books, including the award-winning TWO BOBBIES: A TRUE STORY OF HURRICANE KATRINA, FRIENDSHIP, AND SURVIVAL and NUBS: THE TRUE STORY OF A MUTT, A MARINE, & A MIRACLE. She lives in Washington with her husband.

C. Alexander London is an author of books for children and adults. In addition to the Dog Tags series, he writes the Accidental Adventures novels for young readers and books like ONE DAY THE SOLDIERS CAME: VOICES OF CHILDREN IN WAR for older readers. When he is not writing books, he can usually be found walking around New York City talking to his dog.

Leslie Margolis has written a bunch of books about kids and dogs, most famously BOYS ARE DOGS in the Annabelle Unleashed series, and GIRL’S BEST FRIEND in the Maggie Brooklyn Mystery series. She lives in the Hollywood Hills where she and her family enjoy hiking with Aunt Blanche, their rescue mutt.

Jane B. Mason lives in Oakland, California, where she spends her time keeping up with her children and writing books with Sarah Hines Stephens, including A Dog and His Girl Mysteries and the Candy Apple titles The Sister Switch and Snowfall Surprise.

Ellen Miles loves dogs, which is why she has a great time writing Puppy Place books. And guess what? She loves cats, too! That's why she came up with a brand-new series called Kitty Corner. Ellen lives in Vermont and loves to be outdoors every day, walking, biking, skiing, or swimming, depending on the season. She also loves to read, cook, explore her beautiful state, play with dogs, and hang out with friends and family. Visit her web site at www.EllenMiles.net.

Michael Northrop has written short fiction for WEIRD TALES, the NOTRE DAME REVIEW, and MCSWEENEY'S. His debut novel, GENTLEMEN, earned him a PW Flying Start, and his YA thriller, TRAPPED, was published in 2011 to great acclaim. An editor at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. You can visit him online at www.michaelnorthrop.net.

Teddy Slater has written over 100 books for children, including ABC SING-ALONG and THE LUCKIEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVER! She lives in upstate New York with her husband.

Tui T. Sutherland is the author of several books for young readers, including the Menagerie trilogy, the Pet Trouble series, and three books in the bestselling Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two adorable sons, and one very patient dog. To learn more about Tui's books, visit her online at www.tuibooks.com.

Allan Woodrow grew up in Michigan, always wanting to be an author. But his teachers told him to write about what he knew, and he discovered he didn't know very much. It turns out he didn't know very much for quite a long time. Allan isn't sure he really knows anything more now than he did in third grade, but he got tired of waiting and decided to start writing anyway. Allan currently lives near Chicago with his family and two vicious goldfish.

Sarah Hines Stephens lives in Oakland, California, where she spends her time keeping up with her children and writing books with Jane B. Mason, including A Dog and His Girl Mysteries and the Candy Apple titles The Sister Switch and Snowfall Surprise.

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