173rd out of 184 books — 144 voters
A Dog on Barkham Street (Barkham Street #1)
Edward Frost wants a dog of his own. And he doesn't want to be bullied by big, mean Martin Hastings anymore. Neither wish seems very likely to come true, until one day wandering Uncle Josh arrives with a beautiful collie named Argess. Suddenly everything begins to change.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1960 by HarperCollins Publishers
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This could be your typical "boy wants a dog and is constantly bullied by the neighbor" story. Only when you pair it with The Bully of Barkham Street, you see that there is much more going on here. A very nice story on its own, but even better when you read both books.
Aug 27, 2010 Alan rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Any child who loves pets.
I loved this book as a boy. It must have been because I always wanted a dog too. I've only read it once but I guess I loved it so much I still remember the name all these years. Glad to see it is still being read!
This is a book my Dad read as a kid that I read as a kid, and then reread last month. It's about a boy who wishes he had a dog. He has this "hobo" uncle who wanders the world instead of settling down who visits the family, and brings an amazing dog with him. And there's a bully next door. The best part to me was the writing about the parents, who are trying to negotiate adulthood in a fairly interesting way -- it's not all "father's know best," the parents seem very human and normal and relatabl...more
I'm really not sure where Goodreads got that official description; it has nothing to do with the book I know and love (and yes, judging by the cover art here, this IS the A Dog on Barkham Street I'm thinking of, and based on the reviews others have left...that's the one they're thinking of as well. Please correct this, Goodreads!