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No Dogs Allowed!

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After losing Dandy, her family's beloved horse, Kristine decides that she will never get close to another pet again. It's just too heartbreaking. So when her father surprises her with a new puppy for her birthday, Kristine is furious! With a new sister on the way, who need a wriggling, messy, noisy yellow ball of fur to look after? But how can an animal-loving girl resist the sweet brown eyes of a puppy that just wants to be loved?

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Overview

After losing Dandy, her family's beloved horse, Kristine decides that she will never get close to another pet again. It's just too heartbreaking. So when her father surprises her with a new puppy for her birthday, Kristine is furious! With a new sister on the way, who need a wriggling, messy, noisy yellow ball of fur to look after? But how can an animal-loving girl resist the sweet brown eyes of a puppy that just wants to be loved?

Twelve-year-old Kristina, still struggling to come to terms with the death of her beloved horse, finds it difficult to accept the new dog she receives for her birthday.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Fifth-grader Kristine Rankin is grieving for the recently deceased family horse. When she receives a puppy for her birthday, she is horrified by the idea of a new pet and instantly rejects the dog while trying to maintain a facade of liking her gift. She pretty much ignores Mattie, despite the pup's enthusiastic affection. Kristine has other issues to deal with as well. Her preoccupation with the dog has caused her to distance herself from her best friend, and now their relationship is in trouble, and she is worried about her grandfather's health. Also, a boy from school has been teasing her. He lives near her grandparents' house, and when he meets Mattie, he is instantly smitten with the dog. Kristine gradually gets to know him better, and her feelings for him begin to change. As events unfold, she finally learns that you have to open your heart to love, despite the risks. Kristine is likable and realistic as she struggles through her grief and resistance to emotional involvement with another pet. The book is written with humor and enough drama to keep readers interested, and they'll relate to the story and to Kristine's ultimate surrender to adorable Mattie. Also suggest Colby Rodowsky's Not My Dog (Farrar, 1999) for a twist on the theme.-Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As far back as she can remember, her grandparent's horse has been her secret delight, refuge, and confidant, but when it dies, eight-year-old Kristine feels off balance, and instead of grieving, creates an emotional distance to protect herself from further hurt. The first-person narrative examines her progressive withdrawal and close nuclear-family support during her psychological struggle. Kristine thinks she is subtle in her rejection of Grandpa's gift, a bright cuddly puppy, but Wallace expertly reveals what Kristine has hidden from herself, using her own words. Wallace skillfully builds bibliotherapeutic text rife with internal struggle, yet reveals, beneath the conflict, a happy, healthy, and well-balanced family life infused with warmth and humor. Grandpa and Kristine thieve cookie dough while grandma isn't looking, homework and chores are dutifully performed, and family well-being always comes first. Despite some didactic text and conversation and phrasing too grown-up for the characters delivering them, cunningly told. (Fiction. 8-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416903819
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 349,798
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching fish was always fun.
One of the most memorable trips took place on the far side of Lake Lawtonka, at the base of Mt. Scott. He and his best friend, Gary, spent the day shooting shad with bow and arrows, cutting bank poles, and getting ready to go when their dads got home from work.
Although there was no "monster" in Lake Lawtonka, one night there was a "sneak attack" by a rather large catfish tail. Checking the bank poles was not nearly as fun or "free" after that point, but it was the inspiration for this story.
Bill Wallace has won nineteen children's state awards and been awarded the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2010

    BEST BOOK EVER!

    The book No Dogs allowed by Bill Wallace was a really good book. It was about a girl, Kristen whose family horse, Dandy died. Her mom Catherine was pregnant, so she spent a lot of time at her Meme C's house. Dandy stayed there. So when Kristen would get off the bus there it would bring back memories and Kristen would start to cry. So when Kristen's dad, Richard surprised her with the puppy, Mattie she was furious. She didn't feel like getting her heart ripped out again by losing another pet But that all changes when Matt Green and Kristen starts hanging out with the puppy. Matt is telling Kristen that the puppy needs love and everything dies. But not only does she fall in love with the puppy, but she also falls in love with Matt Green. This book is fiction. It is a book for young readers. The author purpose for writing this book was to teach a lesson that just because one of your pets die doesn't mean you should hate your next pet. I would suggest this book to young readers.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    5th graders with enjoy

    Loved the part about "cat box breath". It fits with the kids in 5th grade. Well written and easy to (picture yourself there).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    I am a 6th grader from Mountain Shadows

    Some of the protagonists are Kirstin,her mom and dad, and her grandma and grandpa<BR/>Kirstin has a big problem with her life. She was at her grandma's house waiting for her mom.Then her mom came and took her to her favorite place. She was having a birthday party. Then her dad gave her a puppy but she didn't like him. Then at that time her mom was hurting because she was giving birth to a girl.<BR/>This is all taking place at hergrandma's house and the hospital.the time is in July.<BR/>I enjoyed the story because Kirstin helps her family.<BR/><BR/>Some connections I have is when I got the rest of my family. another one is that if there are more heiping hands it makes the job easier. <BR/><BR/><BR/>One book that helps family is Animal Ark. They help animals in need.And care for them.<BR/><BR/>That is my book report.I hope YOU enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Best book I've ever read !!!!!!!!

    The book No Dogs Allowed ( by Bill wallace ) is a cute, emotional and descriptive book. I enjoyed how you can relate to the character's fellings. It is a true heart-warming book. It is defintely for a dog lover . I think Bill Wallace did a wonderful job writing this book !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    No More Pets!

    After losting Dandy, her family's beloved horse, Kristine Rankin decides that she will never got close to another pet again. It's just to heartbreaking. So when her father surprises her with a puppy for her birthday, Kristine is furious! With a new sister on the way, who needs a wriggling, messy, noisy yellow ball of fur to look after? But how can an animal-loving girl resist the sweet brown eyes of a puppy that just wants to be loved? Read this story of a puppy and a sweet girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    GOTTA LOVE DOGS!!!!

    before i had read this book we had to give away our dog cheyanne, i swore id never love another dog agian! but then i read this book and i really helped! today we have 2 mini doxys and love them ever so much!!! GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    A great book

    This book is about a girl named Kristine who gets a dog for her birthday. She said she didn't want a dog, but later in the story she finds out she did want a dog. No Dogs Allowed! is a great book for young readers who enjoy dogs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    this book was a very good book i liked it so much i hope you get to read it!!!!

    This book is about a girl named Kristine.Her and her family just lost there horse Dandy.So then Kaistine was so sad that she says i will never love your wont a pet again.Then her dad got her a puppy she was not that happy=[and she was going to have a new sister on the way=/SO she says who needs this dog?She is a girl who loves pets it just a puppy that wants to be loved for ever=[

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2006

    Loved it!!!

    I loved this book because it was an animal loving book and it delt with all girl problams when there growing up. While this little innocent puppy only wants to love this deppresed girl It's a very cute story for a girl and her puppy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    OK ,BUT GOOD

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT IF U LIKE ANIMALS IT IS VERY INTERESTING ! OVER ALL I LIKED IT !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    BEST BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think that No Dogs Allowed is a awesome book because it is about a sweet loving dog who eventually finds the loving heart in her owner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2005

    No Dogs Allowed

    This book is great! I have read it once in one week! This book is about a girl who gets a dog for her birthday and does not really want it. She doesn't want it because a horse who she was really close to had just died and she did not want to go through that pain again. But after a while she starts to bond with the dog. If you read this book then you can find out what she does about the dog!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was a really great book! I just think the author used the word 'stammered' too much. I love it and I reccomend it greatly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2005

    Cute

    I liked No Dogs Allowed. It was a sweet, interesting story that was well told. I do think that Kristine is a stupid brat though and she's even stupider for not liking Mattie. Kristine's a total idiot but I like the rest of the characters.

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    Posted November 14, 2008

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