Mountain Dog

Mountain Dog

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Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle, Aleksey & Olga Ivanov

When Tony's mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move—Tony's new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against a remote and remarkable backdrop, the scars from Tony's troubled past begin to heal.

With his Tió and a search-and-rescue dog named Gabe by his side, he learns how to track wild animals, is welcomed to the Cowboy Church, and makes new friends at the Mountain School. Most importantly though, it is through Gabe that Tony discovers unconditional love for the first time, in Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805095166
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 08/13/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 774,954
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Margarita Engle is a poet and novelist whose work has been published in many countries. Her books include The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor book and winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Américas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award; The Poet Slave of Cuba, winner of the Pura Belpré Award and the Américas Award; and Hurricane Dancers, winner of the Pura Belpré Award.

Olga and Aleksey Ivanov immigrated to the United States from Russia in 2002. The husband and wife team received a classical art education in Moscow and have collaborated on over 80 children's books, including The Tall Book of Mother Goose and Charlotte's Web. They live and work together in an artist studio near Denver, Colorado.

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Mountain Dog 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
The book is confusing phsical copys format is weird and i lost interedt immediatly dont buy not worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book “Mountain Dog” was written by Margarita Engle in 2013. “The characters in the book “Mountain Dog,” are imaginary but the story was inspired by a real boy and real dogs.”-Margarita Engle. This book is an outstanding read as it’s told through the perspective of Gabe, the chocolate lab and Tony, the 11 year old boy who needs rescued. This book takes place in Sierra, Nevada where Tony lives with his great uncle after his mom goes to jail. This move allows Tony’s past begin to heal. Mountain Dog is a book that teaches us about family, teamwork, trust, and educates us about rescue dogs and their jobs. The book “Mountain Dog,” is a very inspirational book. It changes the way you feel about your life. I makes you feel grateful about what God has gave you because people out there in the world may not have anything. The book “Mountain Dog,” is a very fitful book. It puts you in the perspective of a very confused, emotional boy named Tony, who wants to better himself and get the life he never imagine happening. The book also puts a chocolate lab as a perspective too named Gabe. Gabe is a very soft hearted dog who feels feelings of people but can’t understand why. He grows on to relationships with people and hopes and wants for the best. From the author creating the book that way, it is very fitful for the plot of the story. I feel like Margarita Engle did a good job on the emotional part on making readers feel like they are feeling what both Tony and Gabe are feeling. Tony is 11 years old when his whole life changes. Tony’s mom goes to jail for running pitbull fights, and he is forced to move to Sierra, Nevada with his great uncle Tio. Tio is a forest ranger who helps train rescue dogs. Gabe is a chocolate lab whom is one of the rescue dogs. Tony feels that he is trapped in the way he revolves around life with his mom in Los Angeles, California. He doesn’t know if the grass will be greener on the other side with Tio in the Sierra, Nevada. When he is with Tio, Tony bonds with Gabe and learns the skills he needs to survive in his new environment. With those skills he opens himself up to a life and a future, he never could have imagined. The author was successful in creating the characters of this novel because she had put in the perspective of Gabe the chocolate lab. I feel like that is creative. The most significant scene of the novel was chapter 37 because Tony got to get his own search and rescue puppy that is brave, focused, curious, wolf-eyed splash of sun-yellow fur, named Luz. In my opinion I thought that was a real significant moment in the book which helped/made Tony feel like he is following his great uncle Tio’s footsteps. Any changes I would make the novel better would be that I would not make the beginning DRAG on. I would have made it more suspenseful instead of just about his feelings. Maybe put Tony in the moment of sadness, pain, and suffering for hoping there is a better life for him out their. The author, to be honest, wasn’t able to hold me as a reader’s interest at the beginning but then as it went on I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. I agree with the author because just by the way she had the book. The only thing I disagree with is the beginning. It DRAGS on but otherwise it is worth reading. My overall general opinion is that everyone always deserves a better life when needed. The grass can be greener on the other side if you put yourself to it with positivity. Page 5 chap
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Booooooooring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read!!!!!!LOVE IT!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well love dogs and i saw this book in my school libaray and i wanted it but someone took it out so now i really want this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mabey theres a sweet futrer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book but I am in reading bowl so all the other reading bowl members say its good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lacks interest