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Runaway Retriever (Pet Trouble #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  249 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
An exciting new series about those adorable pets that just won't behave--it's Marley & Me for middle-grade readers!

Parker hadn't considered getting a dog, but when playful Merlin, the golden retriever, comes into his life, Parker is thrilled. The two are inseparable from day one--because whenever Parker tries to leave, Merlin escapes his fence or cage and follows him!
Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published April 2009)
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Sep 05, 2009 Jan rated it it was amazing
Parker and his older sister lived with their dad. Since she was leaving for college, his sister thought a dog would be just the thing to keep the guys from getting lonely. It didn't take long for Parker to discover that Merlin was more than a cheerful, energetic golden retriever -- he was an escape artist! The baby gate in the kitchen was easy to conquer -- he just jumped over it. But then he learned how to release the latch on the back yard gate, and even figured out how to escape from doggie d ...more
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Oct 30, 2012 Olivia Amann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love mystery's and you love to figure out stuff you would love this book!!! Find out about Parkers' new dog Merlyn and see if you have any idea's on how to help parker solve how his dog is an escape artist!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!
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Sep 14, 2012 1 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. It is about a boy named Parker who gets a dog as a present from his sister since she is going to collage, and she doesn't want Parker to get lonely while she is away. The problem is that the dog, whose name is Merlin, always follows Parker where ever he goes. Merlin makes Parker late for the first day of school, and gets him in trouble. Parker has to figure out a way to keep Merlin contained. This book is extremely funny, and I would recommend this book to people who l ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Natalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a really good book because it has a lot of details and action. It is about a dog named Merlin which is an escape artist. He is a normal dog for the most part because he has a lot of energy for walks, and playing catch. But no fence is too high, no cage too strong to keep him from following Parker everywhere he goes.

Dec 20, 2014 Madison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book! I liked how this is a realistic story. I also think this is a good series, I enjoyed the book Mud-puddle poodle from the series. I also enjoy this book because the dog is the one who brings the family together. This is a good book for anyone who likes stories about dogs, realistic fiction, or a funny story about a dog.
Feb 16, 2010 Julia rated it it was amazing
This book was very exciting. It is about a kid named Parker and his dog, and how his dog keeps running away. It is amazing, all the different ways the dog escapes. This is a series. And I read one other one, Bulldog Won't Budge. And I am going to read the other two.
Landy Anderson
Jan 31, 2013 Landy Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very, very, cute. Now, I want to read the rest of the series. This author is VERY creative. Reviewed by, Jo
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Jan 12, 2015 Taryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are the best books for 4-5th graders
Jun 01, 2015 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute read for the young. But in my opinion, cute read for all ages.
Such a cute story.
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