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Ghost Dog Secrets

Ghost Dog Secrets

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by Peg Kehret

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Each day, Rusty feeds a dog that's left chained in the frigid weather with no shelter and no food or water. When he realizes that the dog's been injured, Rusty and his friend Andrew unchain the dog and take it. Are they stealing, or are they rescuing a dog in need?

With the dog living in their secret hideout, the boys face multiple challenges, including a


Each day, Rusty feeds a dog that's left chained in the frigid weather with no shelter and no food or water. When he realizes that the dog's been injured, Rusty and his friend Andrew unchain the dog and take it. Are they stealing, or are they rescuing a dog in need?

With the dog living in their secret hideout, the boys face multiple challenges, including a mysterious ghost dog that tries to lead them to a startling secret, Andrew's snoopy sister, and the escalating threats of the dog's abusive owner. The fast-paced suspense builds to a surprising conclusion, which will leave young readers cheering for Rusty's compassion and determination.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Paisley Adams
Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret is an exciting book for animal lovers and adventure/mystery fans. Aided by the ghost of a collie, the main character, Rusty, tries to help a lonesome, neglected dog in a touching story of friendship and animal respect. Kehret masterfully creates believable characters with so much strength you can feel their emotions. Ghost Dog Secrets will be a favorite among animal-loving readers of all ages. Reviewer: Paisley Adams, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Ursula Adams
In Ghost Dog Secrets, award-winning author Peg Kehret takes on the issue of animal abuse and neglect in a story that will appeal to animal lovers. Kehret has written numerous books about the neglect of animals, and Ghost Dog Secrets is another wonderful addition to this category. The main character, Rusty, comes to the aid of a neglected German shepherd and in doing so faces tough consequences. Rusty and his best friend, Andrew, eventually steal the dog to protect it, causing a series of mounting events. Kehret also provides a supernatural edge to the story with a ghost dog that repeatedly appears to Rusty to help him in his mission. The story teaches readers about the reality of puppy mills and provides insight into the operation of the animal control system and the American Humane Society. Heartwarming, suspenseful, and adventurous, this story will surely be an enjoyable read for students in upper elementary through middle grades. Ghost Dog Secrets is another winner for Kehret, who tackles the issue of animal cruelty with thought-provoking situations and well-rounded characters that readers will easily identify with. Web sites included at the book's end will further inform readers about how they can prevent animal cruelty. Also, knitting directions are provided to make blankets for animal shelter cats. Reviewer: Ursula Adams
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Sixth grader Rusty wants nothing more than to own a dog but on his single mother's tight budget it is impossibility. When he sees a dog chained to a tree on a cold frigid day he not only becomes incensed, he becomes obsessed. Prompted by the apparition of a ghost dog, Rusty feeds the animal and tries to give it much needed love. The day that he visits and sees that the animal has been beaten, he decides to take the dog away from his cruel owner. Telling himself this is not really stealing, Rusty and his best friend care for the dog but the situation gets complicated when his friend's sister reveals their secret. The owner of the dog discovers its whereabouts and begins to threaten and stalk Rusty and his mom. With the help of animal control services, they take steps to keep the dog from his owner but not before the man returns to forcefully take his dog back. The dog, named Ra by Rusty, runs away and Rusty in his efforts to find the dog uncovers a meth lab on the owner's property. All along the ghostly apparition appears to Rusty to encourage him and to give him enough clues to solve the mystery. This 1st person narrative moves at a rapid pace and Rusty is a likeable guy. Issues of animal abuse and Rusty's moral dilemma regarding the theft of the dog are neatly woven into the plot. Rusty's honesty with his mother and his steps to right a wrong are admirable traits in one so young. The apparition of the ghost dog is enough to keep readers turning the pages but not enough to frighten. There is plenty of suspense, well drawn characters, and a sufficiently eerie cover to draw kids in and keep them engaged. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Sixth-grader Rusty comes across a German shepherd chained outside with no food, water, or shelter, and knows he has to do something about it. He begins by sneaking food to the dog, but when a ghostly apparition of a collie appears to Rusty, and he realizes that the dog has been hurt, he decides he has to do something more. With the help of his friend Andrew, he rescues the animal and gives it a home in their old fort. But is it rescuing, or stealing? Eventually, the adults in the boys' lives get involved, and while doing the right thing is no less complicated, a happy ending (for most parties) is achieved. Rusty's first-person narrative is not entirely convincing, but dog lovers and fans of thorny moral dilemmas will appreciate this fast-paced story. And three cheers for the author for depicting adults who are loving, involved, and competent.—Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Sixth grader Randy spots a dog tied to a tree in a sleet storm and resolves to help, but after visiting it, he realizes it's being seriously abused. Although he reports the cruelty to the police, he's told that without proof of abuse, which he must collect, they cannot intervene. The appearance of a ghost dog determined to push Randy into saving the animal--and some encouragement from a friend--finally motivate him to rescue the dog by stealing it and hiding it away. Later, after being found out by his mother, she reluctantly becomes the dog's official foster parent, even as they are being stalked by its violent owner. The ghost dog makes several appearances, each time presciently guiding Randy. A lecture he (bizarrely) receives in school on "evidence to look for if we think someone has a methamphetamine lab on their property," plays a major role in the conclusion, one of several too-convenient aspects of the resolution. Readers eager for ghosts and suspense may enjoy this only-average, sometimes improbable effort. (pattern for animal-shelter cat blanket, Web resources on ghosts and animal cruelty) (Fiction. 10-12)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Peg Kehret was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, spent fourteen years in California, and now lives with her husband in Washington State. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, one dog, and one cat.

Peg's novels for children are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won many state "young reader" or "children's choice" awards. Peg's characters are ordinary kids who find themselves in exciting situations and who use their wits to solve their problems. There is usually humor as well as suspense in her books. A long-time volunteer at The Humane Society, she often uses animals in her stories.

Before she began writing books for children, Peg published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.

At the age of twelve, Peg had polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. Because she can remember that experience and her year of recovery so vividly, she finds it easy to write in the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen year old. Most of her main characters are that age. Her autobiography, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, won the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers&Illustrators, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Children's Literature.

When she is not writing, Peg likes to watch baseball, bake cookies, and pump her old player piano.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. It was not just interesting, but it also taught you to respect animals and how to identify a meth lab. Also, it taught how to rescue an abused animal without breaking any laws. While teaching you this she writes with suspence and makes you love Ra and wosh the best for him and Rusty.
Bruin2 More than 1 year ago
My ten year old's fourth grade teacher read this book to her class, and the whole class loved it. My daughter thinks Ghost Dog Secrets is "the best book ever." She really liked the suspense and the excitement. She found the main character's desire to help animals inspiring. But parents be aware that there is a reference to a "meth lab" at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ghost Dog Secrets is a snappy, enjoyable read. The plot can slow and becime predictable at moments, but picks back up without fail. Ra's unswerving loyalty is heartwarming, and sequences involving "Mean Man" Myers, Ra's abusive owner, can be terrifying. But the best part was the ghost dog. A haunting late-night summons is particularly chilling. The ghost dog's secrets, floating tantalizingly out of reach, are slowly revealed throughout the book, leaving you with a stirring cry against animal cruelty. I was swept up in this book, and highly reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It us a fast reader but it is very enjoyable also
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read it! It is sooooooooo good!!!!
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This is like......the best book EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I thought at first wow this is so boring but after the 30th page its the most awesomeest book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book
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Peg is an amazing author. My personnal favorite. Get it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom said she would read this book because I love this book! She says when her 9 year old daughter loves Peg Kehret she knows she will to. My mom thinks I am crazy because I am 9 and I love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book although it made me cry at some points it was a good book bye the way if you bo not like this you stink!!!!!!!!! !)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the sample gets my attention
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is very good for kid well thats what i think
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book!l hope Peg will write more books like this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story "ghost dog secrets" by Peg Kehret entertains the readers about friendship and bravery, plus is very imagry and in a good way. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book I love it. If you like dogs and ghost this is a perfect book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a wonderful book. It is one of my top favorite books. Reccomend this book to anyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book im a huge doggy lover i buyed this book im gonna read it when i have free time!
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jane chase More than 1 year ago
The book was a great story and had suspence which I love, and is suprising.
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I liked it
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This book made me cry and laugh i would read this book if it was the last thing i do its great i love it
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What genre does this book fall on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's book that is jaw-dropping, amazing, heartfelt, and caring of a book. It starts off alright then the more I read the more you grasp to the book. The you want to read. Finish the book from beginning to end. It is a book for to recommend from 10+. Love the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 times after I read it a 3rd time I plan to read it over and over and over again.