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Legend of the Ghost Dog

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  474 Ratings  ·  88 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!

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published September 2012)
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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
Apr 29, 2016 Taarena rated it it was amazing
This book was so awesome and suspensful!!!!!

Tee, her brother Jack, her dad, and her dog Henry go on vacation to Alaska, because of her dad's research. One day she goes on a walk with Henry and he got loose. Tee finally finds him whining at a bush she goes and catches him but has this weird feeling that someone is watching her. Tee makes friends with another researcher's daughter, Quin. Quin knows a lot more around there than Tee, so maybe she can help find what that"someone" is in the bush.
Koen Schmidt
Mar 02, 2016 Koen Schmidt rated it it was amazing
Out in the Alaskan wilderness, there is something waiting for you...for your soul. As Tee is walking his dog, Henry, it was waiting for them. You have to read this book to find out what is waiting for them. It is up to Tee and her new friend Quinn to unravel the mystery. This book has a lot of mystery, adventure and creepy moments. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery. I give this book two thumbs up.
Beth Leppin
Nov 07, 2015 Beth Leppin rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by a student, so I felt compelled to read it. overall, it was pretty good.
Jun 13, 2015 Erica rated it liked it
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.
Nov 19, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great. it was the type of book that I love to read!!!!!!
Kayla O
Jan 31, 2017 Kayla O rated it really liked it
January Book Review
Legend of the Ghost Dog
By: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

As Tee visits the crisp, cool state of Alaska, she meets new friends, goes on wonderful adventures, and sees lots of dogs, but mystery follows her around, waiting to be discovered. Tee is a young intelligent, caring girl. She loves books, hiking, and most of all dogs! Her dads work brings Tee, and her younger brother Jack to Alaska. Tee can't wait to begin exploring the woods of Alaska, along with her dog Henry, but when somethi
A Book Vacation
Oct 07, 2012 A Book Vacation rated it liked it
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
Apr 02, 2015 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing
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
Karen Arendt
Jun 15, 2012 Karen Arendt rated it really liked it
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
Nov 30, 2013 Allison rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2015 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Logan Cummings
Oct 21, 2015 Logan Cummings rated it it was amazing
The author is Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, the genre is mystery........what is this book? This book is The Legend of the Ghost Dog. I read this book because it's a wonderful and amazing book. The story takes place in Alaska in a winter cold. Most of books don't have that type of climate as the background so it just gives it more amazing qualities. The characters as well are interesting and phenomenal too. The characters give the book more flavor to this book. The main characters are Tee, Jack, Quinn, ...more
Sarah Sammis
Aug 12, 2012 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
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,
Jun 19, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, primary, fiction
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
Ryan Buddenbohn
Jan 28, 2017 Ryan Buddenbohn rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 28, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
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
Andrew Humphreys
May 20, 2013 Andrew Humphreys rated it liked it
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
Oct 11, 2016 Ethan rated it it was amazing
This book was full of action and suspense because these two girls that just met are friends and they both have heard stories about this dog in the forest that one of the girls have already encountered. Legend of the Ghost Dog was very stressful at some times because you would always get the sense of a spooky dog coming up on your back without you noticing. I would rate this book four and a half stars because it was very intense but other times it was just getting a little boring but then would e ...more
Lauren Walsh
Mar 15, 2013 Lauren Walsh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-books
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
Sep 07, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
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
Mar 22, 2016 Austin rated it it was amazing
8-Yellow BR#4
Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel with 200 pages is a great mystery book. One of the literary elements it uses well is Setting. It often describes the setting really well and going into detail about the little things making you feel like you're there. Snother thing it uses well is Plot Devices. Often it would build up to make it seem like one thing was going to happen but another thing would. All in all its a really fun and entertaining book to read with both horror
Mrs. Hassig
Jan 23, 2016 Mrs. Hassig rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Of course it's one of my favorite subjects - dogs! But it also entwines the story of Alaska and the Iditarod in it as well! Perfect timing - the Iditarod will start in a few weeks and I can book talk this book to my 7th graders! If you are familiar with the story of Balto and know some of the stops on the Iditarod Trail race you'll be in heaven reading this! Yes, there really is a ghost but not a boogie man ghost, rather a beautiful dog with a sad past and heart-wrenching stor ...more
Daxx Jorgensen
May 29, 2015 Daxx Jorgensen rated it it was amazing
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
Judi Paradis
Sep 05, 2015 Judi Paradis rated it really liked it
A good creepy read for kids in grades 3 and up featuring dead dogs, missing children, and a great Alaskan setting. Tee doesn't think she believes in ghosts until she travels with her Dad to Nome, Alaska on her school break so he can research a book about the relationship between sled dogs and their humans. When she repeatedly encounters a shadowy presence in the woods, she begins to realize that "something" is out there. A local girl befriends her and together they try to make sense of things. G ...more
This was really great read! Two intertwining stories, one set in the past and one during present day, readers explore the Alaskan wilderness and its dog sledding history with twelve-year-old Tee, her new friend Quinn, and her little brother Jack when they come face to face with the legend of the ghost dog Shadow and a tragedy that started it all. A great ghost story that even gave me goosebumps! Great for readers who love Mary Downing Hahn's ghost stories!
Dec 13, 2015 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mcba, grades-4-6
This book was a pleasant surprise. I got carried into the story of Tee, a girl visiting Alaska with her researcher dad and younger brother. Dad is there to study the relationship between dogs and humans, and pretty quickly that becomes something Tee is subjected to as well. A mysterious shadow in the woods, the history of dog-sledding, and a new friend make for an interesting Alaskan visit and a terrific little story.
Apr 14, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it
Shelves: waw-options
This realistic fiction book was so much better than this year's Ghost Dog Secrets, I wish it had been on the list instead! It's a definite yes vote for me. It takes place in Alaska which made it even more enjoyable. Tee is in Alaska with her dad who is researching a book, her younger brother Jack, and her dog Henry. On a walk, they discover a mysterious shadow in the woods that Tee starts to investigate. It ends up leading to another mystery that Tee is determined to solve.
Luis Ruiz Moreno
Nov 08, 2012 Luis Ruiz Moreno rated it it was amazing
This story is about a weird mystery about a dog that disappeared into the woods. 50 years later Tee is in Alaska with his father, his dog, and with his brother. One day they went outside to walk but Henry(the dog) started to be nervious. Other day Tee met Quin, a girl and they became friends. However she help them to solve the mystery of the dog that is watching them when they are outside. If you want to read this amazing story, think about it and solve by yourself, enjoy!!!
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