by Kathe Koja

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Rachel is happiest when she's volunteering at the animal shelter, especially after she meets the feral collie she names Grrl; they're both angry and alone. When a teacher encourages her to write about it, Rachel finds another outlet for her pain and frustration. But writing about Grrl is much easier than teaching Grrl to trust her. And when Griffin, the new boy in school, devises a plan to spring Grrl from the shelter and bring her home, Rachel finds that the dog isn't the only one who must learn to trust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142400715
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/30/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 591,792
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kathe Koja is the author of several novels for adults. Her work has been honored by the ALA, the ASPCA and with the Bram Stoker Award. Her books have been published in seven languages and optioned for film.  She lives in the Detroit area with her husband and teenage son.

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Straydog 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A slim but very powerful novella. This is the kind of thing that makes people cry, and not just animal lovers. Grrl reminded me not only of stray dogs but also stray kids, foster kids and the like, and the good-hearted people who try to heal their wounds and make homes for them. I was deeply touched.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had me bawling by the end. It was a really short book, but took me awhile to get through. I don't know if that was because the writing was small or because I could tell something awful was about to happen and I didn't want to deal with it. Overall it was a good book with a good message, but hard to make yourself read because of the painful ending.
jopearson56 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was really a delightful little book. It made me wonder how you become an acclaimed YA author, as this book was very well written, but of course I haven't ever heard of the author. I really loved the story the protagonist wrote thoughout about the dog, very powerful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that it was a very good book. I recommend that you read it. It could be hard to read for some people because of the run-on sentences.
animalsandmagic More than 1 year ago
I liked Straydog but some things at the end of the book prevent me from giving it a higher rating. This is a very good story about what happens at many animal shelters but might be a little too realistic for some younger readers, because the dog in the book is also a feral/wild dog. For older readers it is a good and realistic fiction story
ajustice27 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Rachel that got attached to a stray dog. She is a 14 year old girl that actually works at the animal shelter as a part time job. The moment Rachel sees the stray colle, she falls in love with it because she thinks the dog is just beautiful. But then the dog starts barking and growling at everyone for no reason. It is not very friendly at all. Rachel has to try very hard to get the dog to cooperate with her and like her. Even though she tries hard, it doesn't have much effect on the dog. Eventually, the owner of the shelter wants to put the dog to sleep because it has been there for too long and it is not getting adopted. But Rachel is outraged and convinces her manager to take mercy on the dog and let it stay longer. But will the dog learn to respect people before its time at the shelter is up?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most unique and sad stories i've ever heard. I loved the writing style--an odd phrasing that gave the story a more poetic feel. But the story itself is fantastic, and definitely something I can relate to. It makes you think afterwards--but my favorite aspect of this book was the parallell between Rachel and the straydog, especially how Rachel's work on her essay for a particular day mirrors how her own day went. VERY clever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i didnt really like Straydog by Kathe Koja it was weird, the writing was beautiful but the book ended poorly and nothing happy ever happened in the book either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Straydog is a powerful story, beautifully written and original. It traps you in the center of another world which is so wonderfully told that you seem to follow Rachel's desires. Awesome in every way... highly recomended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Did you ever get attach to a straydog before that came into a shelter? Well thats what Rachel did. Rachel is a 14 year old girl that works at the animal shelter for part time. When a stray collie comes in the shelter she fall in love with this dog. But this straydog growls and barks at anybody that comes near it. Now Rachel is trying to make the dog trust her. But it's not that easy to make a straydog from the streets trust people again. So its not quite working out for Rachel. After a couple of months this dog is not showing improvement. Rachel's manager want to the dog to sleep because the dog has been here for a long time and hasn't been getting adopted. Then Rachel convinces her manager to let the dog stay. Do you think the straydog will soon trust Rachel before it's life is over?