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The Thang That Ate My Grandaddy's Dog
Young black Johnny Woodside moves with his family from New York to Oklawaha County, Florida, to take refuge in the home of his grandparents and great-grandparents. In a place called Boggy, precariously close to the Oklawaha Swamp, Johnny and his siblings and cousins learn tough lessons about survival, self-respect, and common sense.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Pineapple Press
(first published May 1997)
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This book reaffirms one's belief in the inherent goodness and nobility of life (both human, and in this case, without giving away the ending, canine). Similar to the spirit of A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY, characters doing the right thing, disregading the consequences, because it's the right thing to do.
Overall, it was 4 stars BUT a few chapters I just really didn't like and didn't fully understand their meaning/purpose for the book... and I definitely was surprised by some of the things boys do. That said, 90% of the book was funny, interesting, or touching.