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Legend of the Ghost Dog

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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  301 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A thrilling mystery set against a stark landscape and the inspiration of Nome's real-life dog hero, Balto.

Twelve-year-old Tee has just moved to Nome, Alaska, with her writer father and sullen little brother, Jack. Jack isn't happy about the idea of living in the middle of nowhere, but Tee and her dog Henry are thrilled -- so much open space to run around and sniff!

But on a
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published September 2012)
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Ms. Yingling
Anita moves to a cabin near Nome, Alaska with her brother Jack and her dog Henry because her mother is off in Japan on business and her father is conducting research on human/dog relationships and how they are being destroyed by the snowmobile. Since there aren't many children around, Anita meets the daughter of another researcher, Quin, and the two, though quiet and bookish, take to each other. Anita and Quin also like hiking, but there is something in the woods that is spooking Henry. On one h ...more
Kaitlyn
12 year old Tee is like another adult in her family, Her mother is almost always in another country for work, so she become's the person that has to take care of her little brother, Jack, and her father. Tee's absolute 2 favorite thing's are books and her dog, Henry, it's hard for Tee to make new friends because no one really like's the same thing's she does. But when her father has to go to Alaska to wright a book, his partner, Joe, has a daughter named, Quin. Quin and Tee are into the same thi ...more
Doris
For an adult book, this only rates about 3 stars, but since it is a children's book, it rates a full 5 stars. Part of that rating is, it does not ask the reader to analyze the story at the end, a fault which appears in many books sold to schoolchildren.

I enjoyed the mystery, and was swept along with the children as they tried to determine first if there really was a ghost, and what it was, and then as their story merged with the consciousness of the first narrator, the story became smoother and
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Erica
I was more interested in Dodie's story than the whole dog ghost thing. Also, I'm tired of the girls-who-read-don't-have-friends stereotype.
Daxx Jorgensen
I really liked this book, because of the way that the author would let you read a couple chapter then a flashback. Another reason is that i liked the suspense in the book there was a lot of that. It was hard to understand at first but after a while i got it. At the end of the book is were they explained the whole situation. Through the book you think that they will be going in one direction but all of the sudden they, i really liked it. Somethings that they could improve on is the author could h ...more
Wendy Chaulk
Honestly, it took me awhile to get into the book. Some parts were quite boring, but in the end, I am glad I read it. I'm not a fan of ghost stories and that's what I thought this would be. It wasn't. It's more of a story of friendship, love, and family. Tee and Jack are in Alaska for two weeks with their dad while he works on a book he is trying to write about sled dogs. Tee runs the family and doesn't like people. She meets Quin who is very similar to her. On a hike, they discover some thing my ...more
Nick
I thought this book was great. it was the type of book that I love to read!!!!!!
Allison
Hopefully I can coax my group members to make this an all-read! This ghostly mystery is laden with intrigue and reader appeal for grades 4-7.

When Anita moves to Alaska temporarily, she meets a new friend who is just as interested as she is in reading and....ghosts! Anita's parents are "taking a break" while writer-Dad researches sled dogs for his new book. Meanhiwle, Anita and her new bff think they have seen a ghost dog. Is it the legendary Balto? Or is this ghost dog related to another local t
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Karen Arendt
Tee and her brother, Jack, are in Nome, Alaska with their dad while he researches for a book on sled dogs. Tee friends Quin, the daughter of Joe who is helping Tee’s dad with research. At first Quin and Tee are aloof but quickly realize they have many interests in common, including dogs. On a hike, Tee and Jack think they see a ghost dog and name it Shadow. When talking with Quin, they realize this may be the ghost dog that has been talked about for years, though no one had actually seen it. Dec ...more
A Book Vacation
3.5 stars

This is a really cute MG, younger YA read that has just enough creepy elements to enthrall, while also warming the heart with its sound themes and motifs. The story flips back and forth between the past and present, remaining mostly in the present to expand on the story, but the added past information helps spur the reader on as they realize this isn’t just a ghost story, but a search for the grave of a missing child, as well. Now, that probably sounds morbid, and it is, but it’s presen
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Animallover1234
The ghost dog was named Caspian, and he was not free until Silla was found. Silla was a girl who went into the woods, with Caspian when he was alive, and a bad storm hit. The storm lasted 3 days and 3 nights, and Dodie knew that Silla's lungs would not take it. Silla said that she was going to the pool to search for gold, but instead she went to a old abandoned miner's cabin, and hid in a root cellar and died there. Caspian was set free when people found Silla's bones in the root cellar, just li ...more
Susan
Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Tee, her brother Jack, and her father are in Alaska for him to do research on a book about sled dogs and races. While walking their beagle in the woods nearby, she sees a shadowy vision that looked like a dog. In talking with her new friend, Quinn, she finds that others who live there year round have seen the same shadowy figure that has been named Shadow. Told in two parts, a girl named Dodie talks about racing sled dogs prior to the Vietnam War. She and her siste ...more
Sarah Sammis
Set in Nome, Alaska both in the present and in the 1920s, Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is inspired by the serum run to stop a diphtheria outbreak. The two real life heros were Balto and Gunner Kaasen. Here, though, the ghost dog isn't Balto (who is stuffed and on display in Chicago), but a littermate.

Most of the story is set in the present day, with Anita (Tee), her younger brother, Jack, their father and dog, Henry. While Tee is making friends with the only nearby kid, Quin,
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Melissa
An enjoyable ghost story and Alaskan adventure with an interesting cast of characters. The story is less about a haunting and more about characters resolving unfinished business from the past, but the quick-moving scenes made for a page-turner. I also enjoyed learning a little about sled dogs & Alaska.
Carrie
My 8-year old enjoyed this book but honestly it took us a long time to get through. It was an interesting setting to learn about. I think it would be better for an older child maybe 4th-6th grade.
Meredith
All of the kids who circled this on their RICBA list at the end of the year may be disappointed by the lack of true creepiness. Will recommend to a 4th grade teacher who does an Iditarod unit.
Barbara
An ok read. I felt it started off strong, but fizzled out towards the middle. I have had a couple students try it as well and they bailed out after a few chapters in.
Lauren Walsh
The legend of the ghost dog is a good book and really recommend it. Tee, her brother and her dad moved to Alaska.Her dad was writing a novel about sled dogs so he wanted to move to Alaska to learn more about them. When His writing partner came to their house he brought his daughter- Gwen. Tee and Gwen became friends fast. When one day Tee went out to walk her dog, her dog started acting really weird down by the old mine. It was like something there watching them. Tee then told Gwen and Gwen told ...more
Alp
Jun 20, 2015 Alp rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 9 years old - 16 years old
It was amazing! Young kids shouldn't read it because they will become really afraid of the dark. It had a great subject with a lot of details.
Mary
Although the concept of a ghost dog who is guarding a secret in the woods seems far fetched, it worked for a pretty good story. The book has believable characters, and the ghost dog just fits right in. The beginning, meaning at least the first half, was horribly slow, unfortunately. It all tied up nicely in the end, with promise for even better things to come. So, despite the creepy cover, it ended up being kind of a feel good story after all! Tee as a main character can be awfully unlikable at ...more
Burak Ozdaryal
Jun 27, 2015 Burak Ozdaryal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All children over 7
Recommended to Burak by: Alp
After Alp's recommendation, I picked it up. It was pretty good for a children book. Definitely easy to read. It's about the close relationship of 2 girls with dogs.
Andrew Humphreys
The book I read was Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Kimmel. It was about a family, john, tee, and dad who went to Nome Alaska. Their dad brought them to Nome so he could get background data for his book that he is writing. When tee went walking with her beagle, Henry, they encountered dark shadow in the woods that was following them.
I thought the book was pretty good. There were a few parts in the beginning that were a bit slow. I give this book a rating of 4 starts out of 5.i would recomm
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Emmy
Adventure/dog story with young female protagonist; slow first half but gets pretty exciting in the second half.
Ms. Garr
Grade 3 or 4 and up; on the MCBA list for 2015-2016. Adventure story about young friends and a mysterious dog in Nome, Alaska. Starts slowly but gets much more exciting in the second half - stick with it!
Renee
Jun 15, 2014 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Not as scary as the cover looks. Had me crying at the end.
Autumn
Oct 02, 2014 Autumn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Excellent writing, great story. This will give you (or at least your kids if you aren't as wimpy as I am)goose bumps AND make you cry.
Keiana Dugan
It was a good book to read once, but yet not that interesting.
Ajoh1065danbury.k12.ct.us
IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rebecca
Creepy kid book! I'll write more later!
PWRL
Apr 03, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
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