Stay!: Keeper's Story

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Told with humor and keen insight into both canine and human behaviour, here is the story of a stray dog's journey out of puppyhood during which he becomes the loyal companion to a homeless man, discovers an ear for poetry, and meets his match in his brutal rival, Scar. Through it all, the dog cannot forget his frail little sister, Wispy, and does not rest until he finds her again. "Throughout this lighthearted saga of the narrator's Ôdog days,' the author proves she is as well versed in animal behavior as in ...
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Overview

Told with humor and keen insight into both canine and human behaviour, here is the story of a stray dog's journey out of puppyhood during which he becomes the loyal companion to a homeless man, discovers an ear for poetry, and meets his match in his brutal rival, Scar. Through it all, the dog cannot forget his frail little sister, Wispy, and does not rest until he finds her again. "Throughout this lighthearted saga of the narrator's Ôdog days,' the author proves she is as well versed in animal behavior as in human sensibilities." -- Publishers Weekly

Separated early in life from his mother and siblings, Keeper tells of his adventures with various human masters and his continual search for his little sister.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8A puppyhood spent in a trash-strewn alley behind a French restaurant may not seem like the most auspicious of beginnings, but luckily Keeper was born with three great assetsa glorious tail, a way with words, and a healthy ego. His natural charisma leads him to relationships with several humans, from a homeless man to a photographer who turns the pup into a model famous for his sneer, but it is only after he meets little Emily that he finds his true home and his true name. Keeper tells his own story, sprinkling it with many keen observations about the natures of dogs, cats, and humans. He has a particular fondness for rhymed couplets, as in the gem (composed to pacify a couple of fierce felines): "Fur so fine! Eyes agleam!/You rival me in self-esteem!" Keeper's slight tendency toward pomposity will amuse readers, especially when they can come up with a rhyme that eludes him, and though a final rendezvous with his lifelong enemy does damage to one of his assets, he retains enough of the other two to make this story a "glorious tale." This book will find an audience, but it is more sophisticated in voice, tone, and vocabulary than Lowry's other titles for young readers, and the references to the fashion world, French foods, and Gourmet and Vanity Fair magazines may elude children. Kelley's pen-and-ink illustrations portray a dog whose rather ragtag appearance is amusingly at odds with Keeper's own vision of himself.Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Through a delightfully funny and distinctive first-person narration, Lowry (See You Around, Sam!, 1996, etc.) introduces a lovable new canine, given cuddly characterization in Kelley's black-and-white illustrations. Keeper tells his own story, from his "sordid" beginnings as a puppy begging for scraps behind a French restaurant, to his turn as a homeless man's companion, to his rise as a sneering fashion model, to his current role as a child's pet. Keeper is an intelligent, observant narrator, full of hilarious commentary on human behavior and with a penchant for poetry. Lowry's hero and his picaresque story are laugh-out-loud funny, and occasionally heartbreaking. Readers will be relieved to know, however, that this dog's life has a happy ending.
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"Throughout this lighthearted saga of the narrator's 'dog days,' the author proves she is as well versed in animal behavior as in human sensibilities." Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440415244
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 408,065
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Sweet!!!!!!!!

    This is a great book filled with alot of emotion;sad,happy,exciment,nervous. You should get this mistireous book. Btw if you think the beggining is boring keep reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Awesome!

    This was one of the best books I've ever read! I love dogs, so it was the perfect book to read. It was also written by one of my favorite authors Lowis Lowry.(Check out some of her other books!!) Overall this was a fantastic book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Best Around

    Stay! Keeper's story is the best book around! It is a story about a dog who gets sseperated from his sister Whispy and spends his time a a famous,but normal dog looking for Whispy. You need 2 read the book to see what happens at the end of the book!

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