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Everything for a Dog (A Dog’s Life #2)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  1,497 ratings  ·  252 reviews
In this companion to her acclaimed 2005 novel, A Dog's Life, Ann M. Martin tells the parallel stories of a stray dog (the brother of the dog featured in A Dog's Life), a boy dealing with unspeakable loss, and a boy whose most ardent wish is to own a dog--and everything for a dog.

Bone and his sister, Squirrel, are stray dogs born in a shed. Left motherless as puppies, the t
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Hardcover, 211 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Feiwel & Friends (first published 2009)
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Kerry
Sep 13, 2010 Kerry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: dogs
I knew I had to read it when I saw the cover picturing a gorgeous golden retriever who resembles my beloved yellow Labrador, Max. I’m a softie when it comes to dog books, and I knew Martin wouldn’t let me down. The book consists of three parallel stories told in alternating chapters, one involving a dog named Bone, the others about two boys named Charlie and Henry.
Bone is a stray puppy who tells his story as he moves from one family to the next (much like Edward from my all-time favorite story T
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Kathy
I really wanted to give a 4 1/2 star rating to this beautiful, sweet story. A book that touches the reader's heart like this one is the reason adults should read children's literature. Everything for a Dog is the second book featuring the pups who were born in the wild and found themselves alone and fending for themselves. The first book, A Dog's Life, was the story of the female dog, Squirrel, and what happened to her after becoming separated from her brother. It was a heartwarming story, too. ...more
Madison B
I recommend this book because it is a book that will make you cry and make you on the edge of your seat. I rate this book with a 4 star reputation because this book really was just great with the way the author made it so that you could create a scene in your heard when you read the book.
Bone, a dog, narrates the first story, telling of his earliest memories of being a stray, along with his mother and sister, Squirrel. One day his mother doesn't return, and Bone and his sister wander away from t
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Kerry Cerra
This book warms the reader with the purest sense of love—a love between a kid and a dog. In this sequel to A Dog’s Life, we are submerged in a story told in three, alternating points of view.
The first is of Bone, an abandon dog, who after living with three different families—if only briefly—wanders the countryside season after season, picking food from garbage piles and searching for a permanent home. The second point of view is of a boy named Charlie who is struggling to find normalcy after hi
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Makenzi
Everything for a Dog by Ann. M Martin
Makenzi Cochran
A boy and his dog. Best friends forever, right? A bullet takes the canine’s life, then what?
Everything for a Dog by Ann M. Martin is about Charlie, a little boy, who has lost his brother and his dog. Now he’s grown up, and has a son of his own, Henry, who just really, really wants a dog! Charlie can’t help but think about how torn apart he was when Sunny, his mutt died, and can’t bear for it to happen again. But meanwhile, there’s a stray dog
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Karen
This book is all about trying to protect people from the sorrow you felt. You don't know the connection between Charlie and Henry until the very end. You can't help but feel the emotions Charlie, Henry, and even Bone are feeling. I was wiping away tears, even though I wanted to stay strong for Sunny, Bone, and Charlie and Henry. I felt relief, when Henry finally found Buddy (Bone). I can't imagine the sadness Charlie felt, the frustration Henry felt. Most of all, I can't believe that a dog (or a ...more
Theresa
In Ann M. Martin’s Everything For A Dog, there are three main characters: Charlie, Henry, and Bone. Charlie has just lost his brother in a terrible accident and is learning, with his family and dog Sunny, how to start living again. With the help of Sunny, neighbor Mr. Hanna, and Aunt Susan, Charlie and his parents start the process of moving on. Soon though, Charlie is truly tested when the unthinkable happens. Henry is a young boy whose only friend has moved away. Desperately lonely and always ...more
Elaine Gregory
For my December/ January book review I read Everything For A Dog by Ann M. Martin. I actually really like this book because it makes you feel something. It’s a really good book and its interesting because it switches narrators, and one of them is a dog which is a really cool point of view. Bone, Charlie, and Henry all have compelling lives, but they are all very different. Bone, is a homeless dog looking for a place to call home, while Henry is who is in need of a dog, but whose parents say no. ...more
Jennifer
Jan 29, 2013 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2nd graders and up who love dogs and chapter books
Recommended to Jennifer by: Emma
My daughter bought this for herself at the school book fair. I loved the Babysitter's Club books when I was her age, so I thought I'd try something different by Ms Martin. I am very glad I read it and I can see why she's read it over and over again. If you like dogs and a good story, this is a great book for you. It carries three points of view throughout, one per chapter. They all tie together beautifully at the end. Try it out, even if you think you might be too old for it.
Linnea Hendrickson
I read this in one fell swoop and was surprised about 3/4 of the way through -- maybe I wasn't reading carefully enough and missed some clues? This was one of those books that made me want to turn back to the beginning and reread as soon as I'd finished it. A sign of a good book. I also kept trying to figure out if there were connections among any of the characters in this book and in her previous "A Dog's Life." I think this one was more cohesive than that.
Elizabeth
In this companion book to A Dog's Life, Martin explores the story of Bone (the brother of the main character in the first book.) Bone's life is ultimately much different than Squirrel's. He spends much more time in people's homes as a pet, perhaps because he is thought to be a "cute" puppy. Life is still not easy--people are fickle and pass him on pretty easily, and he ends up a stray as well, although he ultimately does find a forever home. Martin skillfully weaves together three strands of the ...more
Victoria
BONE
Bone and his sister, Squirrel are stray dogs born in a wheelbarrow in a shed. Their mother leaves them as puppies. They obediently wait for her, but she doesn't come back. They decide to set out, as the shed is no longer safe for them, the two young dogs survive for a while together but are soon wrenched apart. Bone must now go on alone, to face the world.

CHARLIE
Charlie is a boy who has suffered a shattering loss. As he is healing with the help of his beautiful dog, another tragedy hits the
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Laura Gardner
I read this book in almost one sitting and had to go hug my dogs after finishing. If you're a dog lover, you'll love this book! I was surprised by the ending and not surprised at the same time. Sweet, touching and clever.
The Styling Librarian
Excellent sequel but also stand alone. Such a beautiful connection between three stories which connect fluidly into one finale. I actually didn't get annoyed moving from one point of view to another.
Joscelyn
I liked this book it was fun for me to read something I haven't read before. this book is not hard to read and is about a boy and a dog. done the main character is a dog is a stray that lost his mother he also had a sister named squirrel I really liked the idea of this book. Eventually him and his sister are torn apart this made the part of the book for me sad. then bone meets a boy that suffered a lose as well which I thought that they would make a perfect owner and pet but his parents wont let ...more
Ann
Bring out the kleenex - I'm not even a dog lover but it touched me. I also read "A Dog's Life". Particularly liked the tie-in at the ending
Kristin
I hope this is a Newbery contender this year ... great companion to A Dog's Life and an ending that left me choked up. I devoured this book.
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
In A Dog’s Life: the Autobiograpy of a Stray, Ann Martin wrote about Squirrel, a stray dog. It’s a really emotional look into the life of a dog as it struggles to find the right home. If you liked that one, you will surely like Everything for a Dog. It is the story of Squirrel’s brother, Bone.

Bone’s story is also the story of two boys: Charlie and Henry. The chapters alternate between the three as Bone and the two boys tell their stories. Charlie is having a tough time because his older brother
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Josiah
This book and its companion volume, A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray, begin with two stray puppies named Squirrel and Bone, who live together and go off searching for a home after their mother inexplicably disappears one day. Early on in their story Bone and Squirrel become separated, and the result is these two books: A Dog's Life, which follows Squirrel's journey, and Everything for a Dog, which focuses on the path taken by Bone.

Everything for a Dog is very, very much more than only
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Elizabeth
bone is the dog in this story. he and his sister squirrel are born in a shed one the property of a family that doesn't like animals. his mother protects the pups until they are old enough to be on their own. once that day arrives, she vanishes.

bone and squirrel decide to leave the property and venture into the real world. they are picked up by a couple that doesn't particularly like dogs and after making a mess in the kitchen, the dogs are dumped in an empty parking lot. it is here that the two
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Laura
This book made me a sniffling mess. I love a good cry as much as the next person and this book certainly knows how to pull on the heartstrings. Super sensitive kids might be upset by some of the violence (toward dogs) or tragic accidents along the way.

The story is told from three perspectives. Bone, a dog that makes his own way in the world, describes learning how to be a pet. Henry, a young boy, wants nothing more than his own dog. And Charlie, another young boy whose brother has recently died
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Kelly
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Michael
In this review I am going to write about Everything For a Dog by: Ann M. Martin. This book is about three different stories about a dog, a boy who had a loss, and another boy who his only wish is to own a dog. The dog lived with his sister and mother. At the beginning the mother dies, so the brother and sister dogs have to go and find a new home and live by themselves. The boy who had a loss, his loss was his brother died over the recent summer, and he is still remembering his feelings for his b ...more
Brandon
Everything For A Dog
Written by Ann M. Martin
Date Published: 2009
Genre of the Book:
Fiction, loneliness and ways to deal with grief and death.
It is also a bit of a mystery.


This story starts to take place in the Lindefield area in a small town on the Merrion’s summer vacation property. The story starts out with the Merrions visiting their summer vacation home. As they unpack they are unaware of the stray litter of puppies that were born in their back shed. In the first chapter a puppy who is
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Rachel Bormann
Audience: Intermediate

Genre: Often times, stories have characteristics that satisfy the conditions of multiple genres of literature. "Everything for a Dog" can be considered as part of both the traditional and realistic genres of literature. Martin's story is considered part of the realistic fiction genre of literature since the plot revolves around a numerous situations that could be true to life. In one situation, the story follows Henry, a young boy who begs his parents to get a puppy and att
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Julieta Paradiso
If you’ve read A Dog’s Life, you remember Squirrel wistfully thinking of and longing to see her brother, Bone. Well, Everything For A Dog is Bone’s life. And Charlie’s. And Henry’s. For this tale revolves around three characters —a canine and two humans. Each will have their story to tell. Each will go through their share of disappointments, heartaches and hopelessness. Each will weather the rough patches, bounce off the hardships and come to reconnect with themselves and the world around them. ...more
Rebecca
I was not expecting a book by the author of The Babysitters Club to be so sad, but so good! Every dog owner knows that you can be having the worst day ever, but as soon as you see your dog none of it matters anymore. Everything for a Dog is just that kind of book.

The story is told through the eyes of three characters, Bone, a stray dog, Charlie, a young boy who has just lost his brother, and Henry, a young boy whose best friend has just moved and all he wants is a dog. Bone is abandoned by his
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Thomas
Martin, Ann M.. Everything for a dog. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2009. Print.

Bone is a stray golden retriever. One day his mother goes out as usual from the abandoned barn in which they were living, only this time she never returns. Bone, still only a puppy, sets out on a journey, leaving the barn and all he has ever known behind.

Henry is a young boy who has two passions in life: books and dogs. His dad is a librarian, so Henry has all the books he could want. But his dad won't let him have a
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Alex Sandiland
This book is a story about two dogs that change peoples lives. At the beginning of the story we meet two dogs named Bone and Squirrel, they are brother and sister. They do no have a permanent home and they are motherless. Bone and Squirrel one day decide to leave the shed that they grew up on and venture out into the real world. Bone gets picked up and brought home by a human and Squirrel gets left behind. This book is also about two boys named Henry and Charlie. They are both very different cha ...more
Kimberly Iraheta
Everything For A Dog- Ann M. Martin

Everything For A Dog by Ann M. Martin is a very touching book. What interested me the most into reading this book was the author, from whom I had read previous books by. Based on the cover, my first impression about the book was that it would be about a dog and a sad story to go along with it, like Martin's previous book, "A Dog's Life". Me, being a dog lover, these types of books should have interested me.
There are some pros and cons about the book about one
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Ann Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.

Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood me
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