• 136 Pages
  • 6" x 8"
  • 9780807573365
  • January 1999

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  • 9780807573372
  • January 1999

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  • Animal lovers will enjoy these eight short stories about shelter dogs going on to do great things…Kids will find the heroics appealing, but the book’s greatest achievement may be its potential for increasing adoptions from shelters.

    - Booklist

  • The writing is clear and straightforward, letting the drama and pathos of the dogs’ triumphs, and the owners’ dedication, carry the stories…These short stories should appeal to reluctant readers because of their length and irresistible subject matter, they will be popular with animal lovers, and they may even inspire families to adopt a shelter dog.

    - School Library Journal

Awards & Accolades

  • Children's Choices for 2000, CBC/IRA
  • 2000-2001 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
  • 2001-2002 Mark Twain Award Master List
  • 2002 Children's Crown Award Runner-Up
  • 2001-2002 Sequoyah Children's Book Award Master List
  • 2002-2003 Volunteer State Book Award Intermediate Master List
  • 2002-2003 Iowa Children's Choice Master List
  • 2003 Sasquatch Reading Award Master List
  • 2002-2003 Land of Enchantment Young Adult Master Reading List
  • 2003-2004 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards Master List


Common Core

RI.4.1,2,5,8,9,10 RI.5.1,2,3,5,6,8,9,10 RI.6.1,2,3,5,6,8


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 3.00
  • ATOS Level: 6.50