A Dog Called Homeless

A Dog Called Homeless

by Sarah Lean
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A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

Praised by Newbery Medal–winning author Katherine Applegate as "graceful" and "miraculous," this Schneider Family Book Award–winning novel tells how one girl's friendship with a homeless dog mends a family's heart.

Cally Fisher knows she can see her dead mother, but the only other living soul who does is a mysterious wolfhound who always seems to be there when her mom appears. How can Cally convince anyone that her mom is still with the family, or persuade her dad that the huge silver-gray dog belongs with them?

With beautiful, spare writing and adorable animals, A Dog Called Homeless is perfect for readers of favorite middle-grade novels starring dogs, such as Because of Winn-Dixie and Shiloh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062122261
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 151,229
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sarah Lean lives in England with her husband, son, and dog. She is the author of A Dog Called Homeless and A Hundred Horses. She has worked as a page planner for a newspaper, a stencil maker, a gardener, and a primary school teacher, among various other things.

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A Dog Called Homeless 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
mrsinserra More than 1 year ago
I was very surprised by this book, I started it then stopped and come back to it for another try after finishing another book I had on my list, and I am very glad I gave it another shot. This story started out really slow in the beginning but picked up the pace a couple chapters in and ended up being a really great book. A Dog Called homeless was very sad but also very happy at the same time. It is a great book for lower grades, maybe 3rd through 5th or 6th, depending on the reading level of the child. It deals with tough issues such as the death of a parent, moving from your home, a parent not being able to afford things for you, how to befriend someone with a major disability, friends who are mean to you, the list could go on. I liked how Cally saw her mom, it helped her to deal with the loss and also helped lead her to a very happy ending. In the big scheme of things, the fact that Cally saw her mom is not all that important, it is not a supernatural book in any way, it is more like Cally’s mom knew that Cally needed her for a bit longer and was watching over her. Cally grew up quite a lot in this book and she also helped to keep her family together after the death of her mom. She helped to teach her own father that he needed to focus a bit more on the kids and find a way to deal with the tragic loss of his wife in a way that did not isolate him from his children, who needed him so much during this time period. I was disappointed in most of the counselors and teachers in the school, they never said anything to the girls that were harassing Cally, they actually blamed her for causing problems and punished her for things these mean girls did. Most of the adults didn’t seem to grasp the concept that Cally was hurting inside and didn’t seem to care that she had recently lost her mother and that life as she knew it was falling apart. There were some good adults in the story though, so not all was lost. There is so much else that happens in this story, but I don’t want to give any more away in this review. I do highly recommend this book to everyone. It is a nice quick read for adults, but more importantly it is a super great read for lower grade kids. I would recommend that every library- public, school, and classroom, have a copy available. I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read. Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! Very sweet! I loved the friendship and how everyone was interconnected with one another.  I loved that her best friend on earth was a blind boy. Love! Love! Love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A dog called homeless is a warm and gentle book. Cally Fisher say's that she can see her mom and talk to het and nobody belives her. Then she stops talking.Cally has a friend named sam and he is def so Callly makes cards that have words on then to help sam talk to her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very touching story i would recomend this book to everyone you dont ave to be a dog lover to enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever read ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good job
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a GREAT book sad though ive read it twice loved it both times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it me and my friend were reading it a thought of our dogs i have a poodle and she hads a goldendoodle im not going to spoil the book for reader all i will say is that it was great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very sad book and i only read the sample and i'm tearing up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW!this book is so heartwarming and brings out the reality of losing a close relitive. I love the plot and how this storyline turns out. It is truly a brilliant read. :) I hope you think so too
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read,I could not put this book down. Even my 10 yr old read it. Such a great book. Looking forward to the next book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is amalzing to think that if yo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book in the whole wide world! I recomend this book to anyone. It was so sweet this will be my third time reading it. It was sad in some parts but even then i couldnt put it down! I would give it a five star rating any day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost done with this amazing book reading it for BOB consindering buying on my nook. If Sarah Lean does read this she should know this is really FANTASTIC literature