Runaway Retriever (Pet Trouble Series #1)

Runaway Retriever (Pet Trouble Series #1)

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by T. T. Sutherland
     
 

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An exciting new series about those adorable pets that just won't behave--it's Marley & Me for middle-grade readers! Parker hadn't considered getting a dog, but when playful Merlin, the golden retriever, comes into his life, Parker is thrilled. The two are inseparable from day one--because whenever Parker tries to leave, Merlin escapes his fence or cage and follows

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An exciting new series about those adorable pets that just won't behave--it's Marley & Me for middle-grade readers! Parker hadn't considered getting a dog, but when playful Merlin, the golden retriever, comes into his life, Parker is thrilled. The two are inseparable from day one--because whenever Parker tries to leave, Merlin escapes his fence or cage and follows him! Can anything make this loveable dog sit and STAY?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jillian Hurst
Parker Green's new dog Merlin seems to be the best dog in the world. The adorable golden retriever likes to go for walks and play fetch, and he always has a goofy smile on his face. But Merlin loves Parker so much that he never wants to be away. The Greens quickly discover that Merlin has a knack for getting out—and getting into trouble. He jumps fences, opens doors and unlocks bolts; he will do whatever it takes to find Parker. If Parker wants to keep his new dog, then it is up to him to find a way to keep Merlin from getting them both into trouble. Parker's narration accurately captures the essence of an 11-year-old-boy, both in dialogue and in observations. The protagonist gripes about his dad's new girlfriend, would rather play baseball than be in school, and is beginning to understand the complexity of teenage girls. Why would a boy need a girlfriend when he could spend time with his dog instead? The friendship that Parker and Merlin form symbolizes the notion that a dog really can be man's best friend. Sutherland depicts the character of a dog that everyone knows: loveable, friendly, and exasperating! Readers will feel the tension as Merlin continually gets Parker in trouble, but we are all thankful when the problem is solved and Merlin will be staying put—for good. This "Pet Trouble" book will be helpful for kids learning the responsibilities of having a pet, while still having fun! Reviewer: Jillian Hurst
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—The first title stars Ella, a young musician who typically spends hours practicing and socializes only with distant music-camp friends. When she inherits Trumpet, a beagle that howls along whenever she tries to sing, she soon finds herself crossing paths with dog lovers and making friends. In the second book, easygoing Parker suddenly finds himself the owner of a golden retriever, and the dog's escapades (Merlin has an almost magical ability to escape from any setting and follow him to school) land the boy in trouble. The sixth grader's first-person narrative employs casual language occasionally peppered with poetic descriptions. The story effectively veils the details of Merlin's breakouts in secrecy, presenting Parker and his friends with a mystery worthy of their creativity and cleverness as they work together to contain the enthusiastic pup. Narrated by the two classmates, each tale engenders an empathetic view of a middle-school community by relating events from different perspectives. This easy-to-read set is fair fodder for kids who like model protagonists and pets, preferring predictability and happy endings to emotion and peril.—S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545283878
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/21/2014
Series:
Pet Trouble Series , #1
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
341,233
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to my friends if one of them likes dogs. I liked everything about this book because I like dogs so much and this story could happen someday. My favorite part was when the dog(Merlin) had been trying to follow his owner Parker. This book could be helpful to dog owners because this may happen to them if they ever have a golden retriever or any dog. The other books I would like to read about this author are the loudest beagle on the block, and bull dog won't budge. I hope people think that this book is very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love dogs so the best thing about this book is that it is about a dog! We like to read about how the dog gets into and out of trouble. If you have a dog, you may be able to relate to these stories. This book is a fast read.
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