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The Good Dog

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,913 Ratings  ·  180 Reviews
When the Wild Calls

McKinley, a malamute, is a good dog -- he's reliable and trustworthy. Whether it's watching over the other dogs of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, or taking care of his human pup, Jack, McKinley never even thinks of letting anyone down -- until he meets Lupin. Lupin is a she-wolf and she's urging the dogs of Steamboat Springs to leave their domesticated l
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
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Aug 27, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I. Love. This. Book.
I remember reading this book when I was in forth grade, and not being able to put it down. I would stay up and read it my room with a flash light. It was just that good. The story is just terrific! A malamute named McKinley, find himself in between a rock and a hard place. A wolf has come into his town and asks for dogs to join to her pack. When I first read this part I was so excited and nervous to see what would happen. I was at the age when I wanted a wolf for a pet and w
May 30, 2016 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book my daughter rented from her school library for me to read as she already read it. It was a very cute book and I loved the symmetry of the dogs helping the female wolf. This book shows you just how smart dogs are.
Sep 25, 2015 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great, awesome book. It is about a dog named McKinley who has an adventure while making a choice. He has to decide whether to live with wolves or with humans. What I like about this book is: the names the dogs give human items. For example, they call kids "human pups" and they call tvs "light boxes." What I learned from this book is: true friendship is a major key in developing loyalty. By this I mean that if you are in a friendship in which love, play, and protection are big parts, th ...more
Diane Lynch
Jul 17, 2013 Diane Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 12, 2015 J.T. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ergh, animals-fiction
The Good Dog is like a modern version of Jack London's Call of the Wild. McKinley the malamute is a family pet and leader of the Steamboat Springs dog pack. When a wolf comes down from the Zirkel Wilderness seeking dogs to replenish her shrinking pack, McKinley must choose between joining her or staying behind with the ones he loves. He must also help an abused greyhound escape from her owner.

There are major differences between Call of the Wild and The Good Dog. Jack London's writing is rich, de
Sep 17, 2015 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The good dog is about McKinley the dog who is reliable and trustworthy to his human family and is also is the leader of the dogs of Steamboat springs but then everything changes when the wolf lupin comes to get dogs to join her pack that is slowly diminishing because of hunters should he go or

I love this book because this book is a beautiful story about dogs that are as smart as humans.
I learned that you have to have a license to own a dog in some places.
Mar 25, 2013 Malin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book during my two years in the USA back in 2004-2006.

This has got to be one of my all time loves, I have read it more than 4 times now and I still can't get enough of it. Sure, it's a bit to easy to read and it doesn't really suite my age at all anymore. Every time I open the book the text seems to get bigger.

Anyhow, this book is amazing. I love the way it's written, the way things are described and how every individual character has a interesting personality which gradually devel
Jul 09, 2014 Shirley rated it it was amazing
The Good Dog was published by Avi in 2001. I wish I had purchased the book for our library before 2014. It is a great read that I think the studens will really enjoy. Though geared toward a third through sixth grade audience, I think our junior high students will be drawn into the suspense created by McKinley and the dogs as well as by Lupin the wolf.

"Suddenly. Lupin leaped forward. Landing close to McKinley, she held her head higher than ever, sharp teeth exposed." (p. 56)

"McKinley, co
Brianna Hartwich
Feb 27, 2014 Brianna Hartwich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is about two main characters, a dog named McKinley and a boy named Jack. Based on a small town in Alaska called Steamboat Springs, and is also a true story based on events that have occurred there. One day Jack had come home from school proclaiming he had seen a wolf. He was fascinated by the wolf. The next day while Jack and McKinley were heading back home from a park, they had encountered the same wolf Jack had the day previous. Jack petrified at first hung back while McKinley and th ...more
London Ortega-Schmidt
The Good Dog by Avi was a good book! This book was told in third person. It takes place in Denver, Colorado. The main character is the dog named McKinley. He belongs to his owner, Jack. McKinley has many dog friends that he loves to hang out with and play. McKinley and the other dogs are special because they are trained.However until one dog goes missing, it is up to all the dogs, especially McKinley to discover where he has been! There are many more situations that makes it more aggrandizing! I ...more
Luke Knapp
Jan 29, 2015 Luke Knapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book! The story takes place in Colorado with a young boy named Jack and his dog, McKinley. It is told from a dog's point of view, with all of the dogs in the story communicating with each other. McKinley is very protective of Jack and strives to keep him out of harms way. McKinley sets out on a journey to find his best friend, named Duchess, who has run away, due to her owner abusing her. In the process of searching for Duchess, McKinley meets a wolf in the woods, named Lupi ...more
Mike Batsolakis
Jun 03, 2016 Mike Batsolakis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I thought the book was pretty good. It talks about a dog named Mckinley who is the main character and is faced with the decision to either stay home wth his owners or join a wolf that just came to town that wants to start a pack and live in the wild. McKinley chooses to stay home with his owner because of the loyalty and frienship they had that was unbreakable. I also like how the dogs called kids "human pups" and a TV a "light box". I thought that was pretty funny.
Kate Z
Dec 12, 2014 Kate Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Will book. Another in my "search for age appropriate" books genre. I was not familiar with Avi at all until earlier this week. Turns out he's written a lot of books and most of them are age appropriate.

This one is a great book - he read it in about 2 days. Okay, yes, it's about dogs and we're a dog-oriented family but overall I think that it's a book that appeals to this age level. The basic premise is that there are wolves and there are domesticated dogs. The wolves come into a town and try
Dec 14, 2015 Pepper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful yet boring and confusing realistic fiction book with almost too descriptive passages, taking place in Steamboat Springs Colorado. The main character a dog that goes by the name McKinley who thinks he's the owner to a human named Jack.The plot is about who a she wolf Lupin comes into the town of Steamboat Springs urging dogs to leave their domesticated lives and join her wolf pack. McKinley finds himself draw to the life of freedom lupin puts forward and his loyalties are soon torn be ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In the novel, the Good Dog, by Edward Irving Wortis (Ari), is about a dog by the name of Mckinley who rescues his new friend, Lupin. The book opens up when Mckinley goes on a hike with his owner, Jack, and ends up face-to-face with a wolf. Jack runs away from the scene but Mckinley makes friends with the wolf. The wolf’s name was Lupin and he offered Mckinley to join his wolf pact. Mckinley eventually disagreed, stating that he needed to stay loyal to his owner, Jack, and continue to be head do
Jul 19, 2016 Isabella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A wondrous look into a dog's struggle between wildness and domestication, The Good Dog spent a bit of my childhood as one of my favorite books.

I still remember the thrill of reading this book when I was younger, fascinated by the unique story line and the intriguing characters that really brought to life the tendencies of canines. I believe its premise is actually quite vivid and well-done, especially for a book seeming to be aimed more toward children. It has a fantastic message and a heartwarm
Av Monkey
Apr 14, 2016 Av Monkey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Isabella Greenwald
This book ,The Good Dog, takes place in a small town called Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Steamboat Springs is a cold, peaceful town surrounded by woods. McKinley, the main character, is a trustworthy and loyal dog to his owner. Although his friend Dutchess is treated horribly by her owner, Mckinley needs to find a way to help her escape. After a few attempts of trying to get away, Dutchess meets a wolf who wants her to join her pack. Mckinley has other issues with a snotty and spoiled dog, Redbu ...more
Apr 25, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's obvious that this book was written for young readers in elementary school, but it is still enjoyable for older animal lovers and lovers of xenofiction. The novel is fast paced and a little predictable, but it's a fun little adventure about a dog who lives a double life as a child's protector and as a lead dog of a pack. He comes across a wolf, who questions him if it's worth it being a human pet, instead of being free. This is a good story for young children too because the words are easy t ...more
Bella T
May 10, 2014 Bella T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this story to my friends so much! This has to be my favorite book ever. I would recommend it because of the characters, events, and plot. Here are just some examples of these reasons;

The first reason I would recommend this book has to be the characters. I love th characters in this story because they are each unique in their own way! Whether it's their physical traits or personality, the characters are all unique.
A really distinct example of this is when the main character, an
Henry Yan
Jun 14, 2010 Henry Yan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McKinley (dog) is the leader of all of the dogs who live in the town of Steamboat Springs. McKinley is always worrying about everyone but himself, so when Duchess (dog) runs away due to mistreatment, he tries to find her to see what was happening. When he finds her, he learns that she is hiding in the wild with a Lupin (wolf) who recruits other dogs to join her squad. Later, McKinley meets the wolf and notices that he's much stronger than him and can easily take over his position. It worries him ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I should leave the reviewing of children's books to the kids. This former California Young Reader Medal book is about a Malamute named McKinley. He is the leader of a pack of pet dogs. So, rule one of reading children's literature is to suspend disbelief. You really have to do that here. First of all. The dogs talk. They communicate quite well actually. In this story, they not only talk, they can ALL escape their homes to help their fellow canines. They can cleverly treat a wound. In gener ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this was a really good book. Very realistic. Its about this dog named McKinely and you know he is just a regular dog in his villege. He is the leader of ALL dogs in his villege. He is brave, kind, and very helpful. This book is really about bravery. Especially for McKinely. One day, he sees a wanted poster and it was a fellow dog he knew. So he goes out aand searches for him/her. He starts to search in the forest. He sees a wolf. Like, a real wolf. Her name was Lupin. He also sees a human a ...more
Andrew Z
Mar 20, 2013 Andrew Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good Dog
by Avi
224 pages
Realistic Fiction

This book is about a dog named McKinley and his owner(Jack). The setting is in a city in Colorado. One of McKinleyes friends is another dog named Duchess who is running away from an abusive owner(Pycraft). They know that the owner will shoot Duchess if he ever sees her and McKinley wants to help her run away. He eventually meets a wolf named Lupin who agrees to help Duchess. However, McKinley's rival, Redburn(who is trying to take McKinley's place as p
Nov 11, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McKinley is our main character. He’s the dog whose human is the ‘pup’ Jack. McKinley and Jack live with Jack’s parents in a town referred to as Steamboat, near the mountains and where it snows. At the opening, McKinley is the town’s lead dog. The complications in his life stem from the arrival of a wolf, Lupine, who wishes to bring domesticated dogs from McKinley’s town back to her pack to help strengthen and enlarge it. Upon discovery of the wolf in town, some humans and their dogs seek to find ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Rowan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first chapter book I ever read. I was in 1st grade and it took me a long while but I fell in love. I remember small details of the plot and all of my favorite characters.
I year later I parted with my well-loved copy permanently, I didn't know this at the time, when I let my best friend borrow it. After this came a series of dog or wolf related books. Waggit became one of my favorites, as did White Fang and Julie of the Wolves. i will always think of this book with fondness.
Mar 10, 2011 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Readers,

I just finished a book named "The Good Dog" this book was by Avi. The book was about A kid named Jack who had a pet malamute called McKinley, McKinley tried to save Lupin, the wolf, and he did it with Aspen. They were able to save Lupin before the town people came to kill her.
While reading, I use the strategy, asking questions. I asked questions like: why does McKinley want to save Lupin after what she said to him? Why does Redburn want to be head-dog? How did McKinley learn to open
Kristian A.
Well I gave these book three stars, but it does not mean I do not like this book. I gave these book three stars because it was kind of cool but I think there should be more funny parts on it. I think this books message is that the grass is always greener on the other side but in this case its not. I think the jawnraw of this book is mystery it is always making you think of what is going to happen next and I love those kinds of books. I don’t think the author is a fun kind of guy, in his stories ...more
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Tyler Blackburn
Dec 02, 2015 Tyler Blackburn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading this book I got attached to it. It was a great book but it had a dull side. The book needed more excitement and something more. although something was missing I still enjoyed the read. this book is for anyone from fourth grade too seventh grade. If you want a quick read about dogs and a good story read The Good Dog.
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