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Running the Dogs

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Talmidge Cotton's daddy is the kind of person who believes Christmas presents are for Christmas, not two days before. So on the day before Christmas Eve, Tal still isn't sure he'll get what he wants most: the chance to run his three beagles in the woods at night all by himself. That afternoon it begins to snow, an almost unheard-of occurrence in Louisiana. Tal is excited b ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Thomas Cochran creates a suspenseful, teachable moment. The rich culture of Louisiana backwoods shows in this family's celebration of Christmas, but that is not what draws the reader into the story. Ten-year old Tal finds that what he wanted more than anything, to run his dogs alone at night, may not be what it seems. He finds fear.

In sharing with his grandfather, he learns that even with age fear doesn't leave, but he is given wisdom that may conquer it.

A story of facing fear, finding what is i
Running the Dogs tells the story of Talmadge Cotton, a young boy in Louisiana whose family is snowed in just a day before Christmas in a freak snowstorm. Talmadge's father is stuck out of town, where he works on oil rigs (or something), and the family isn't sure Daddy will make it home. Talmadge's fondest desire is to "run the dogs" alone out in the woods without adult supervision, and this is what he's asked his father for as a Christmas gift. However, with only a couple of days to go, Talmadge ...more
Martha McNair
This book, juvenile fiction, was published by my colleague last fall. It is a great little story set in northern Louisiana, where he grew up. I highly recommend it. His ear for dialogue is practically perfect, I think.
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THOMAS COCHRAN is the author of "Running the Dogs" & "Roughnecks". He lives in West Fork, Arkansas.
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