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The Last Dog on Earth

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  787 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Logan Moore hates everyone. The father who abandoned him. The stepfather who wants to control him. Kids who get in his face. Everyone. Except Jack. A mangy mutt that nobody wants. Except Logan. He doesn’t care that Jack has already bitten three workers at the animal shelter or that she’s ugly. She’s the only one who doesn’t want anything from him and that’s enough for Loga...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 8th 2004 by Yearling (first published February 11th 2003)
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Caitlyn
Logan Moore is a boy who hates everyone.The father who abandoned him,the stepfather who wants to control him,and the kids who get in his face all the time.Logan only likes Jack.A mangy mutt that nobody wants or cares about.Jack has already bitten three workers but Logan dosent care.A mysterious disease is sweeping across the country and Jack isnt infected but Logan wants to keep her safe incase something happens.The disease is already truning dogs into vicious ranging preditors.Logans parents ar...more
Hack
this book was excellent. some of the science was a little fuzzy, but the important part of the book, the loyalty to one's pet was beautiful. i also had a problem at the end of the book where the dog was kept alive so that Logan could say goodbye. i thought that this undermined the plot a little. keeping a dog alive just to say goodbye is incredibly selfish. however, despite this, i really liked the characters and the book overall. i appreciated the character of Logan's stepfather, who truly didn...more
Sydney
Apr 15, 2014 Sydney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone really
Recommended to Sydney by: Boredom
I found this book lying around at my house and thought "why not". I absolutely loved it! The story was exciting and I felt the characters come to life while I was reading. I loved how everyone thought Logan was a bad kid, but he had real problems to deal with. It gave me more perspective about "bad" kids at school and how we really don't understand what they've been through.
Of course, my least favorite part of the book was the end. I rarely cry but I was close to tears. Should have known though,...more
John
I liked this story a good amount. the plot is alright it gives a good amount of detail on what's happening. The problems are that the story doesn't really intertwine with the title. For instance, "The Last Dog on Earth" is meaning that Jack is the only dog on Earth, and then the disease was then currently affecting dogs in the U.S.

Another problem is that the other characters don't really have any human thinking. For instance, the Call from the storekeeper about Logan and Jack ruined his market....more
Aurora
I read this book for Battle of the Books in 5th grade, and I absolutely loved it! In fact,once I finished it, I just picked it up and read it again. The Last Dog on Earth is a hear-wrenching and intelligent story that I would recommend to everybody.
Harmony
Great read. A truly heart touching story of a boy and his one true friend - his dog. But a disease is wiping out dogs everywhere, making them crazy and attacking the very owners they love. People have resorted to putting their dogs down, or hiring someone to come shoot them.
Logan cannot lose Jack. She is the one thing holding him together. He does all that he can to saver her, and she does all she can to return the favor. A wonderful bond is formed between the two, and a love only understood by...more
Maria Izunza
The Last Dog on Earth is a really good book. It shows that an animal is sometimes your best friend in the world, and the thing or the person that matters more in life. To tell the truth befor ethis I had never read a book about the same topic. There are two very important things really important that are happening. At one time in the book thay kind of join together. They are the boy's life and the disease. There are a lot of adventures and you want to keep on reading to see what is going to happ...more
Amber
A dog disease has been spreading around, targeting all dogs, turning them into vicious raging predators. But that was before Logan got a dog, before Logan got a dog from the shelter instead of the purebreed dog his step-dad wanted, before he got sent to a camp and escaped only to find that his dog found him before Logan found his real dad, before they found that Logan's dog was the only dog that was immune to the disease, before people shoot dogs once they see them. Yes, before everything happen...more
E. Newby
This was an interesting book. I liked the premise, and the bond between a boy and his dog is classic. I liked that the story centered around a boy who grew up in a real American household, and who was somewhat troubled. The story referenced numerous behaviors which likely contributed to his troubled relationship with his step-father. We saw some growth in the peripheral characters, and the main character (Logan) was changed as a result of his experiences, though whether the ultimate outcome of t...more
Anna
I've had this book for perhaps eight years and I've finally gotten around to reading it (read it in about a day I think) - a bit too late, I might add, since I know this book was intended for a younger audience - perhaps the young adult section - but it really wasn't all that well written. There were a lot of times while reading this that I had to stop and ponder how the plot could actually move that way.

For example: I wondered why we went to Jack's point of view. All of those shifts in POV didn...more
Krista Stevens
Fourth and fifth grade boys loved this book and recommended it to me. I am growing a little tired of reading three books in a row now where boys act impulsively and horribly without really understanding the consequences - or at least doing these things repeatedly. I do like how Logan really puts Jack first - that's great - and Jack's love for Logan is also wonderful.

Jack's dad just makes me annoyed and tired. What happens to Jack may upset very sensitive readers.
Cindy
Well, my students recommend books for me, and one of my students recommended this one. I SOOOO know better than to read a book with a dog on the cover. Seriously, I knew better. However, this young man INSISTED that I would like it. I couldn't put the book down - I had to know what happened. Read it in one sitting. I will say that it is a good book for boys who struggle. Very easy read. However, (spoiler alert) the ending ticked me off!! I was mad! I finished during my 6th period, tossed the boo...more
Carissa
Love,Action,Suffering,and so many other qualities make up this book. This book tells the tale of Logan a boy who hates everything except for his dog Jack. While a disease sweeps across the country turning dogs of all ages into blood-thirsty dogs turning against any living creature nearby. Even in he darkest of times Logan never gives up on Jack. This book is about the journey of a boy and his dog and the power of love, trust, and hope.
Steven Donahue
An interesting premise about a deadly canine disease that sweeps the country and one boy's efforts to protect his dog from would-be dog-killers.

Fourteen-year-old Logan Moore has a troubled life. His mother is distant, his stepfather, Robert, is hyper-critical, he has no friends, and despite his best efforts, he can't seem to avoid trouble. Then an unwanted dog he names Jack (even though it's a female) comes into his life and things finally seem to turn around. Then a disease called POS begins af...more
Erin Forson
Logan Moore has an evil stepfather who clearly wishes Logan's mom was single. The feeling is mutual. Logan is filled with hate for pretty much everyone he comes in contact with until he gets a kennel dog who he names Jack. Jack is the only one who accepts Logan the way he is, and the two are fast friends. However, a virus breaks out in the canine community, one that can jump to humans and kill quickly. Dogs are being executed out of paranoia. How will Logan protect Jack?
When I started reading t...more
Edwin
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the begin is boring but as i goes it get more exciting. the book can make you laugh some make you cry. I think the turing point of the book is when logan gets shot. in all its a good book
Dean Deters
Review by Finn. Logan Moore hates everyone except Jack. Logan is always trying to make cool things out of stuff he gets for his birthday. Usually it doesn't work. When Logan creates a radio control thingy he gets in big trouble and is forced to get a dog. I liked the bond between Logan and Jack. There is a terrible disease but Jack is immune to P.O.S (Physical outburst syndrome). Logan's parents are trying to hand Jack over to the authorities. Now they're on the run for it. I would definitely re...more
Rhiannon20
'The Last Dog on Earth' is all about this awful disease spreading to dogs and slowly killing them.
This book I love/hate. I love it because it's about dogs, and is really emotional. I hate it because when I opened it up and started to read, I was horrified that all the dogs were dying!!! (But I kind of loved that, too, because it's emotional.)I guess it kind of made me scared this was going to happen in real life! I also thought it was selfish that they kept Jack(the dying dog) alive in her pain...more
Katie
Okay the author that wrote "No More Dead Dogs" is right: any novel with a dog on the cover, the dog is doomed.
Chi-Chi
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Laura
A student recommended this book but it took a while for the librarian to find a copy. The students have been checking the book out too fast! (She's ordering a few more copies.)

When I first began reading the book, I thought it was just another hateful, angry, and bitter book. The only noble, good character was the dog. I'm glad I stuck it out.

The story had two morals which I liked: adopt a shelter animal and anger is pain in disguise.

I would recommend this book to the disenfranchised tweens and t...more
Hope Rein
A book I read in elementary. Now this book is amazing and gives me shivers.
Chase Musick
I loved this book so much it was like reading my best friends. If I could I would read this book a million times! the story interested me the most then any other detail of the book. The classic story of a boy and his best friend that is a dog. Although it was a very interesting book I gave it a 4 star rating because I didn't like how in the story the character it was directed on would switch out to a different character at any given time. This bothered me because I only really liked one of the c...more
Jesse Zellmer
A lot of novels about dogs tend to be pretty depressing. This ones no exception, but I read it in grade school, and I'm pretty sure it helped me get my feet in the water of zombie horror, as this book has a lot of the aspects that such books and movies do. It's basically 28 Days Later for kids but Jim is a dog. The book's plot is really good (and pretty dark considering it was in my grade school's library) and while the angsty protagonist that hates everything is pretty cliche, the book does a g...more
James Vlasto
It was a super sad book.Emotional readers stay away.
Angie
begin: i keep running into books where the male character is SO MAD at the world! is this what angry young men really feel? why isnt this being addressed by more people? that level of anger only leads to angry adults, and they pass it on to others, including the next generation. anyway, it's got a dog and a loner boy, so you know the dog's going to be dead at the end of the book. what was i thinking?!

end: it ended as i expected and yet not. touching, poignant but could have gone deeper. still,...more
Keri Ngo
I remember this book being one of the few books I actually enjoyed reading when I was younger. The first time I read it, I was a bit upset that one of the main characters;Jack, the sole dog immune to a deadly virus had been killed. But during the second time,I realized, that it was her death and all the pain she had do endure up to it that really made this book so endearing. For her death not only changed the protagonist, Logan, and his cynical views of the world; but also, implanted a serene ca...more
Catherine
This is a book that I think my students will like. The voice of Logan is believable - he talks like a teen and thinks like a teen. The premise of the story is disturbing - dogs get a disease with no cure that makes them attack, which spreads the disease to humans.

The themes of the book will interest the young adult reader. The book made me laugh several times and cry just a little.

I am not a dog lover and this book makes me want to go get a dog - but I know that will pass. :)
Nathan
Logan Moore, a young boy who thinks he has the worst life. He hates his father for leaving him. He hates his stepfather for controlling what he has to do. Also, he hates other kids for thinking they are better than him. When Logan gets a dog he learns how to act in a responsible way.


This is a book you can count on to be the book that you would want to read.


Everyone should read this book it really teaches you a lesson on how to act, and be a better person.
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