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Hotel for Dogs (Hotel for Dogs #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  765 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
A charming story for dog lovers everywhere--and now a major motion picture!
ebook, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published June 1971)
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Sep 11, 2016 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Hotel para perros’ es un libro de ésos que, de algún modo, hacen que te reconcilies un poco con el mundo. Ver el encanto y pasión que ponen sus protagonistas: Bruce y Andi, dos hermanos que adoran a los animales abandonados o atormentados y los defienden de la hambruna así como de la crueldad de seres sin corazón, consigue que su lectura te toque en su esencia y te saque una sonrisa cómplice; aunque hay ciertas cosas que se sostienen con ‘alfileres’ (seamos realistas..¿un hotel para perros y sa ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Neda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this book was amazing! I think that this book really has an important moral or theme which is to always rescue animals in need. In the story, a young girl named Andi must visit her aunt and is forced to leave her dog, Bebe, behind in order to go on the trip. She is a young poet who loves writing and she is not very happy about the trip to her aunt's place because it is in a different state. Later on in the book, Andi and her brother sneak dogs into different houses but I won't sp ...more
Mar 06, 2009 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hotel for dogs is about two kids named andi and bruce walker there father loses his job and they have to move in with there aunt alice.while there there they meet this guy named jerry gordon. aunt alice thinks that he is an angle but he is a bully. jerry has a dog named red rover and jerry treats him like a peice of trash and bruce sees that there is an empty house down the street from aunt alices and and the next day bruce and andi find a stray dog and so they take the dog in and hide it in and ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Despite some issues the outdated female role portrayals, I actually really enjoyed this. The descriptions of dogs can't help but to win affection and the kids' feelings feel honest and real. Duncan does a good job of balancing male and female interest by having two main protagonists, one of each gender. However, while the book has been updated with the names of the characters in the movie, the gender stereotypes have not been changed. The girls do the cleaning and feeding housework while the boy ...more
The movie "Hotel for Dogs" is, surprisingly, based on this book -
"Hotel for Dogs" (who'd have guessed?)! This book is about a boy, Bruce, and his sister, Andy, who move from their Albuquerque home to New Jersey. They, unfortunately, have to leave their dashund, Bebe, behind, but they do, however, manage to rescue a stray with puppies and move her into the abandoned house down the way. Son that one stray turns into six, and they start to board dogs there to make money. But will they be able to k
Feb 15, 2015 Jenni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
(audio) listened on our way to and from cincinnati. roman LOVED it and is the one who gives it 5 stars.
I read this in kindergarten and I loved it! :)
Dec 13, 2012 Laura5 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I enjoyed this one more because my first grader loved it so much.
He would probably give this one 5 stars. He loves a good dog story, and asked to keep listening to the audiobook every time we got in the car. I loved the gasps, and cheers from the backseat as we listened.
Aug 12, 2015 Amelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a WONDERFUL book! There is simply no other way to put it. But I don't recommend the movie. One, Bruce is older. Two, they are not oprphans. Three where did all the contraptions come from? Four, there were not that many dogs. And five, there was no stealing dogs, no going to the pound, no separation of the 2 children, and they were not arrested! There are just so many errors in the movie that I don't recommend the MOVIE at all. The book is another storie. That I would recommend to any mov ...more
Sep 08, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought Hotel For Dogs was really good and surprising. I was very surprised at how different it was from the movie and it was just something new. I did think it was cool how they totally changed the story but still kept the same characters because I got to see another side of the characters.My favorite part was when Andi one of the main characters found a stray dog and took it in and the stray had puppies. This was my favorite part because it really surprised me when the stray had puppies and ...more
Jun 08, 2016 Sarita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was super cute. I like how Andi gave Friday and her pups the pink room because she thought it looked ladylike. She said that Friday was very ladylike. Then she decorated it with pink curtains and a fuzzy - pink - carpet. Also, a basket for a bed.

The parts with bullying weren't so nice, I mostly just enjoyed the cute parts about dogs. Some parts were funny too, like when Andi says she and Debbie are going to train the Airedale - bulldogs (Bulldales) and put them in a circus or a dog
Sonia Thiara
The book Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan is a book on the actual movie called Hotel for Dogs.
It's about these two foster children that find a bunch of homeless dogs before the animal pick up people take them and well you know what happens. These two kids have to try and sneak all these dogs and create a hotel out of an abandoned hotel for dogs. What will happen when their foster parents find out? What obstacles do they have to face in order to get these dogs a home?

I really liked this book because
Aug 09, 2012 Haley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 1970’s, Hotel For Dogs by Lois Duncan, is the story of Andi and Bruce Walker who find a dog at their aunt’s house and decide to take care of this dog as well as the neighborhood dogs. Their dad got a new job in New Jersey. Andi and Bruce had to stay at their aunt’s house until their dad could find a house for them to stay . Andi, who is ten years old, likes to write poetry. She has a dog named Bebe , but couldn’t bring it to her aunt’s because her aunt is allergic to dogs. Bruce is in ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

It was a fun trip back into the past to review Lois Duncan's HOTEL FOR DOGS.

I first read this heart-warming story about 10 years ago with my daughter. Now, with a few changes I've heard, it's a major motion picture.

In the original 1971 version, Liz and her brother, Bruce, leave their home in New Mexico to move to the east coast. Their father has accepted a new job, and they are temporarily moving in with Aunt Alice. It might be th
Ayanna Ray
This book was told in third person limited, only sharing the thoughts of Andi. In this book, Andi and Bruce had to move in with their aunt, who is allergic to dogs. This was a big disappointment to Andi, because she had to leave her dog at home. When they got to their aunt's house, Andi had trouble making friends. She is shy. On the other hand, her brother is very outgoing. One day, the brother and sister were walking through the neighborhood when they saw a dog, but his owner, Jerry, is a kid t ...more
Jun 29, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
This was a sweet story about a couple of kids who use an abandoned house to shelter unwanted dogs. It almost earned the "gentle reads" tag, but there are a couple of scenes involving animal abuse (the neighbor kid is a budding sociopath) that will disturb a sensitive reader. This audio edition was beautifully performed by the amazing Katherine Kellgren. Overall a great audiobook for a family taking a road trip, provided no one is super young or super sensitive. The average 7-year-old would be fi ...more
Hotel For Dogs by Lois Duncan is a very interesting and desiring book. Its basically about 2 kids loving dogs, but cant have any in the house cause "aunt alice" is allergic to them. But they help lots of dogs just on the street and make this huge hotel for them. With food, water, and games. They did get caught by the cops, but they had a reason to keep all these dogs in this hotel. Me, myself, love DOGS and would do anything for them. They are so cute and innocent. I really recommend this book f ...more
My 10 year old thought this was great - likely just because of the dogs. He wanted to read the other books right away - News for Dogs and Movie for Dogs. He originally tried reading a dog series called Survivors but stopped because he said there was too much death. This was obviously a lot lighter material and he still gets a dog book.
Jul 17, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Walkers are moving to a new town, and staying with an aunt who's allergic to dogs. Too bad for Andi and her brother Bruce, who love dogs -- and happen to meet a stray that needs help. Soon, Andi hatches a plan, turning the abandoned house down the block into a hotel for dogs. But as more and more tenants move in, the secret gets too big to keep. Can the kids save their...more The Walkers are moving to a new town, and staying with an aunt who's allergic to dogs. Too bad for Andi and her broth ...more
Mar 20, 2015 Twyla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ash C.
May 17, 2016 Ash C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for the first time shortly after watching the movie with Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin and read it again several times after that. It still holds it's place on my real-life bookshelf as well as my Goodreads one.
Kristina Marie
May 10, 2014 Kristina Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2014
Cute, but not realistic. This version was updated to modern times and had the main character's name and the name of the stray dog she finds changed to match those of the movie. Kids would enjoy it.

Katherine Kellgren did a fantastic job narrating.
Michelle Ricks
Feb 19, 2013 Michelle Ricks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Duncan knows how to captivate the minds of children who love dogs and have a house full of them! It's witty, funny, and deals with problems young adults transferring over from elementary to middle school. Each character is described very well and the story really paints a picture for itself. The story is unique and yet teaches young adults valuable lessons.

I always thought of Duncan as a thriller writer but this young adult book is so cute!It was really funny as calls out to all dog lovers out
Dec 21, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story line, especially for animal lovers. Great example for how to treat both pets and people. Can't wait to see if the movie's like the book.
Aug 09, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, fiction, children
A delightful tale about 2 children moved to a new town due to their father's job. Lonely without friends they start a dog hotel... secretly.
Nov 08, 2014 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book don't miss out. also read the next two in the series good as well i give them all five stars.
Nov 29, 2011 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Walkers move in with their aunt, leaving Andi's dog, Bebe behind. Andi is heartbroken. Then one rainy night, when her father comes home from work, a small, brown dog walks in and up the stairs, while every one was distracted to dry the fancy rugs Mr.Walker had gotten wet.

Reasons I like this book-

Reason 1- This book has many dogs in it and I LOVE dogs.

Reason 2- I believe people should always help animals. Andi and Bruce started a dog hotel rescuing strays, an abused dog and unwanted puppies.

Oct 12, 2009 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had its moments to shine and moments when the book felt like it started dragging. The movie was inspired by the book not an adaption but I didn't know this so I was expecting something like the movie when reading the book. Emma Roberts character in the movie was 16 while she was 10 going on 11 in the story and Jake T. Austin's character was 13 or 14 while in the book he was 12. Bruce and Andi are not orphans like they are in the movie. The book in general is a short read and very pleas ...more
Sep 19, 2013 Kellye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-books, animals
Wow, I adored this book beyond all understanding when I was a kid. The line about how they wouldn't give the one kid his Irish setter back, and wouldn't condemn even a tiger to live in his house is still as clear in my head as it was the day I read it (and re-read it to anyone who would listen or pretend to listen). I was surprised to see it was written by Lois Duncan and eagerly went to see what other books of hers I loved, only to find that she wrote every horrible, teeny-dramatic overwrought ...more
April Brown
Jul 25, 2013 April Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, pre-teen

What ages would I recommend it too? – Five and up.

Length? – An evenings read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real world, small town.

Written approximately? – 1971.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.

Short storyline: A girl has to temporarily leave her dog behind. More dogs find her to console her, and lead her to console them.

Notes for the reader: A fun packed read wher
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Saraso ...more
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