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Ghost Dog Secrets Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Kehret, Peg
ISBN: 0142419648     ISBN-13: 9780142419649
Publisher: Puffin
    OUR PRICE: $6.30  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2011
Annotation: Sixth-grader Rusty, determined to help an injured dog that is chained outdoors in frigid weather, calls animal control, then takes matters into his own hands, aided by his best friend and a ghost collie that leads Rusty to an even deeper secret.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dogs; Fiction.
Animals; Treatment; Fiction.
Animal rescue; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Physical & Emotional Abuse (see Also Social Issues
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011025770
Lexile Measure: 730
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.35 lbs) 184 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139114
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 6.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50534
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 11.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): IV>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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Rusty is dismayed to see a dog chained up outside without food or water. With the help of his friend Andrew, he hatches a plan to rescue the creature from its life of abuse; in doing so he finds that doing the right thing is sometimes complicated. Emphasis on raising awareness about animal cruelty sometimes overshadows the story line. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 September)

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

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