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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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Jackie
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Despite some issues the outdated female role portrayals, I actually really enjoyed this.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
Rhiannon20
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...more
Laura5
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.
Haley
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 TeensReadToo.com

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...more
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
Kristen
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
Teni
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
Christy
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
Kristina Marie
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
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...more
Karen
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.
Faith
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.

R...more
Brent
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
Kellye
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

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...more
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Alyssa thinks...
It was a good book and someone who likes dogs would like this book.
Tigger4607
Love this book!!Also so happy that they made a movie !
Mom2triplets04
It was a short cute book for middle grade.
pati
Even though this book is 40 years old, the story is still as relevant in today's world.
Cheryl
For dog lovers. Andi and Bruce are uprooted to a new town while their dad trains for a his new promotion. They live with an elderly aunt who is allergic to animals, start at a new school, and have to leave their pet with former neighbors. One rainy night Andi finds a stray dog who then has puppies! What to do, what to do. Conveniently just a few houses away is an empty home for sale--voila a new home for the stray and her family. Of course, other stray dogs begin to show up needing a home thus t...more
Emma Hamilton
The book was not as good as I thought it would be after watching the movie
Monkeyface
Listened to Hotel For Dogs by Lois Duncan. 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 canine castle? Or will the hotel have to close? I give this book 4 stars and a 7 a f...more
Kristy McRae
I started reading this one because my kids were watching the movie by the same name recently, and it sparked my memory of the novel from my childhood. I have to say, while the movie was cute, it bore little to no resemblance to the original book! This was a childhood fave--I think one of my teachers read it aloud to us...I still love it all these years later. A sweet story, that takes place in a much more innocent time period. Nostalgia! I'm going to read it to my 7-yr-old daughter next.
Elizabeth
I originally saw the movie first and loved it, so I decided to read the book! I was impressed with the amount of detail and the way the plot progressed throughout the story. Lois Duncan makes it possible to feel the connection between the kids and the dogs alike and make the whole book feel so real!
I definitely would suggest this book for anyone who loves animals or wants to read a book with great detail and feeling.
Tarissa
Jun 24, 2010 Tarissa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 8-12
What a fun childrens' book! Both my brother and I liked "Hotel for Dogs". It was a charming, childhood story. After all, wouldn't every pet-loving kid relish in the idea of creating a hotel for doggie visitors? Sounds like a terrific idea to me. I wish that I could join in the with the characters in the book. If you're looking for a fun book with new original storyline concepts, this should be the one you pick up.
Caitlintobin
A brother and sister begin keeping stray dogs at an empty house down the street. Andy (short for Andrea) also loves writing and is always mailing her work to magazines for publication. If you have read Lois Duncan's autobiography (Chapters: My Growth as a Writer), you can see how Andy is actually a young Lois Duncan. The author included details from her real life into the Andy character.
Cameron
Andi Walker loves dogs (like me!). Her family is staying with Andi's great-aunt Alice, who is very allergic to dogs. Andi is devastated because they cannot take her beloved dachshund, Bebe with her. Andi settles for the next best thing: running a dog hotel for abandoned and mistreated canines. Can she keep it under control, or will one loud bark give them away. . .
Terri
i'm interested to see how different the movie is from the book...i've only made it to chapter 3 and i can already tell there is some "dated" things they'll have to overcome...

so i finished...and from what i understand the book has very little to do with the movie other than the title...the book itself wasn't all that great...i expected more
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