It’s time for another giveaway! Leave a comment below telling me why you’re interested in foster care and/or why you want to read Mad Dog. You can leave your comment anytime between now and next Thursday (May 23rd) morning. Due to the cost of shipping, this giveaway is only available to residents of the United States. Enjoy the review!
If the world had any idea how mad I, Wesley “Mad Dog” Williams, am at it, the sun would be would be too scared to show it’s ugly face around here.
Wesley Williams is counting down the days until his mom gets out of her drug rehab program and he can go live with her again. It’s not that he hates his foster family. In fact, he likes the fact that living at Starlight Animal Rescue allows him to rescue dogs, train them and find them new homes. But that doesn’t change the fact that he can’t wait to go back to his mother. Besides, at the moment, even his dog rescue program isn’t going so well. Is it even possible to train four misfit dogs for an assisted living facility on the schedule he’s been given?
Mad Dog is another great book from Dandi Daley Mackall, author of the Winnie the Horse Gentler series. Mad Dog is book two in the Starlight Animal Rescue series, preceded by Runaway. It’s also my favorite book in the series. After re-reading it recently for this review, I found myself cracking up over the assisted living residents. Since my family does a lot of elder care, I could relate to the situation…though I’ve yet to meet someone quite like the Buddy in this book. 😉 Definitely a great book to get your hands on.
Author: Dandi Daley Mackall
Audience: Tweens and up
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Posted by Leah E. Good on May 17, 2013
Recently a mom commented on this blog saying, “My daughter is a voracious reader…she has been reading and re-reading Little Women for the past 3 years. She is nine now and it is just hard to keep up with her and know what to offer.” That comment gave me the idea for a new feature on this blog.
When I was between 8 and 12 years old, I gobbled animal stories. My mom had a hard time keeping up with me. I know I’m not the only animal crazy girl out there, so I put together a list animal series I do and don’t recommend, and the reasons I do or don’t recommend them. Hopefully, in the future, I’ll put together more lists for parents (and everyone else) to use.
For now, here’s the link to the new Parent Guide.
Posted by Leah E. Good on December 30, 2012
A thin film of white powder trickled out the holes Mike’s teeth had made. He shook a little into his palm and looked at it. It was as fine as talcum powder. Powdered sugar. Why would anyone send a package of powdered sugar through the mail? He wet a finger, touched it to the powder and tasted it. Then he just stood there, his face twisted out of shape, and shock rolled through him in waves. What he had just tasted was heroin.
When Chris George and his dope sniffing dog Mike botch a case, they get kicked out the the Cost Guard. Lieutenant Ballard is convinced Chris is involved with the mob and messed up on purpose. When Chris takes a new job as night watchman at a warehouse, he isn’t expecting trouble. Not until Mike finds a package of heroin. Chris doesn’t think he’ll be believed if he brings the heroin to the Cost Guard. What will he do when his life is threatened?
This book has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It’s an intense, high-stakes story, but remains appropriate and clean for younger readers. In my opinion, this is the best of Walt Morey’s books.
Author: Walt Morey
Alternate Title: The Lemon Meringue Dog
Audience: Tween–Young Adult
Publisher: Puffin Books
Have you read any Walt Morey books? Which one is your favorite?
Posted by Leah E. Good on October 12, 2012
“Tam!” I said, cutting her off. Panic turned my insides to ice. “Where’s Tam?”
Abbie and her Shetland Sheepdog, Tam, are best friends. They are on their way home from an agility event when Tam is thrown from the back of their truck. By the time Abby returns to look for him, Tam is gone. As months go by, Abby’s family moves and Tam continues his search for “his girl”. Will they every be reunited?
This is a wonderful story told in the tradition of Lassie, Come Home. A librarian friend of mine saved it for me, thinking I might enjoy it. She was right! If you like dogs this book is definitely for you.
Author: Bobbie Pyron
Audience: 9 and up
Genre: Contemporary Animal Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Join me on Wednesday for an interview with author Bobbie Pyron.
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Posted by Leah E. Good on July 6, 2012