Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Protecting Marie” as Want to Read:
Protecting Marie
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Protecting Marie

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  335 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Relates twelve-year-old Fanny's love-hate relationship with her father, a temperamental artist, who has given Fanny a new dog.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Puffin (first published January 1st 1995)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Protecting Marie, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Protecting Marie

The Salty Dog by Debbie   WhiteA Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce CameronMarley and Me by John GroganCracker! by Cynthia KadohataA Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin
Books with Dogs on The Cover
279th out of 297 books — 85 voters
Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos MontalvánA Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce CameronMarley and Me by John GroganThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth SteinThe Call of the Wild by Jack London
Top Dog Reads
209th out of 396 books — 533 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 625)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Feb 15, 2008 Moima rated it it was amazing
This book is one of my all time favorites. I absolutely love it. It's an easy read, but still it brings tears to my eyes.
Lucy Horne
Oct 07, 2009 Lucy Horne rated it liked it
I have never lived in a troubled family with an untrustworthy father, but reading Protecting Marie by Kevin Henkes made me feel like I did.
Fanny had always wanted a dog, and for a short while, she had one. The little black lab mix, Nellie, was everything Fanny wanted. But, Nellie kept wandering into Fanny's father, Henry's studio while he painted, and, because of the disruption, chewing, and barking, Henry decided to give her away to a farm family. Fanny hated her father for that.
When Henry m
Sep 12, 2013 Autumn rated it really liked it
I had read another Kevin Henkes book last year, and decided to pick this one up based on the dog-theme. The book reminded me what it was like to be a child and to feel powerless- the main character is 12 year old Fanny, who basically has a good home life with a mother and a father- but her father is imperfect. He's a moody artist who is often difficult to deal with. When she was younger, her father gifted her with a puppy- she had always wanted a dog and was thrilled. After a while, the puppy pr ...more
Aug 21, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was only well over midway through Protecting Marie that I realized that I had read this book as a young teenager, and I had loved it then as well. This is an excellent book, convincingly written, that will resound with young and old readers alike. Through Fanny, the twelve-year-old main character, I recalled vividly how powerless it felt to be a kid and how powerful parents could seem, especially if you had one that was strict and moody and sometimes a little unpredictable. In fact, the relat ...more
Morgan  (=
Sep 25, 2009 Morgan (= rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly thought this was an exceptional book-in fact, I enjoyed it so much that I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

The book was about a girl, Fanny, who had wanted a dog her entire life. She doesn't get along with her Dad who is 60 years old, an artist, very private, aloof, and struggling with his age at this time. Years before, Fanny had requested a puppy and gotten one but her father had refused to deal with it chewing his furninshings, peeing on the floor, and generally becoming a distraction. Her
Haley Dustman
May 01, 2014 Haley Dustman rated it really liked it
Shelves: kevin-henkes
This book talks about the life of a 12-year-old girl whose name is Fanny. Her farther is an artist and is very hard to live with. His business is not going too well and he gets upset easily, particularly when he is not satisfied with his work. Fanny has always loved dogs, one night when her dad was not able to show up for his 60-year-old birthday party he brought back a Labrador puppy. However, her dad needs concentration for his work, and when the puppy began breaking things and fooling around ...more
Wayne S.
Feb 19, 2014 Wayne S. rated it it was ok
Twelve-year-old Fanny Swann lives in Madison, WI, with her sixty-year-old father, Henry Swann, a university art professor and rather temperamental painter, and her forty-year-old mother, Ellen Cross, a book designer at the University of Wisconsin Press. All her life, Fanny has wanted a dog of her own. For a short while, she had a black puppy named Nellie, but her father couldn’t paint with all the chaos in his neat, ordered home, so he made Fanny give her away. She has never been able to forgive ...more
Jan 26, 2009 Nora rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls, grades 4-6
A quick and touching read. The main character Fanny is growing up, and dealing with the imperfections of her parents. In this case, the dad is as immature as the child.... sound familiar? It was frustrating to read, but certainly nothing unusual. A sweet story that girls will love. PS- I love the new paperback cover with the black and white photo-- finally, a publisher that read the story!
Anavey Cortez
Oct 09, 2014 Anavey Cortez rated it really liked it
Title:Protecting Marie
Author:Kevin Henkes
Genre:Realistic Fiction

Protecting Marie takes place outside of her fathers cabin and inside her fathers cabin. The cabin is not so big They went there because they went to go and visit him cause he left them. Three days before Christmas she already knows what she wants ,she wanted it all her life she is 11 now. A dog. She wants a dog. Fanny can be a nice girl sometimes, only when she wants. When she said it her dad happy birthday old grampa he got mad at
Shelley Daugherty
Dec 23, 2014 Shelley Daugherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful and insightful look into the mind of a twelve year old girl. Fanny has wanted a dog forever, and she knows that her father will never get her one, but that doesn't mean that she won't keep asking! She had a puppy for a brief time but it was too much chaos for her moody father to handle and she had to give it away. So when her father leaves her an odd gift, she can't help but wonder if this is an indication that she may get a dog again, but she doesn't want to hope because she knows ...more
Nov 09, 2008 Monkey rated it it was ok
This book was pretty good. It is very easy to read. I read it in 2 days. The title seemed strange but you will have to read the book to find out why.
Aug 05, 2016 Tory rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
A very quick read, with another of Henkes' neurotic tweens (see Junonia for the first). This girl, Fanny, at least has a reason for her neuroticism -- her dad is a huge, utterly selfish, insufferable jerk. He gives her her heart's desire, a puppy, on a whim, and then gets fed up with the puppy doing puppy things like chewing furniture or peeing on the rug and forces Fanny to give the puppy away. Then he asks her things like "why don't you trust me?" Um, Dad, 'cause you've never given me a reason ...more
~Joe Jonas lvr~ Karishma
Feb 20, 2009 ~Joe Jonas lvr~ Karishma rated it really liked it
Sep 06, 2008 Caroline rated it really liked it
This was a good book, and enjoyable to read.
Jan 16, 2009 Rishmi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog Lovers
I liked it cuz it was about dogs!
Oct 25, 2008 Domenica rated it really liked it
it's a good book.i've read it before.
Fanny is a 12 year old girl in Madison, Wisconsin. She had always dreamed of having a dog, and pleaded with her dad for a very long time to get her one. Finally, one day, her father shows up with a small puppy named Nellie, and Fanny instantly becomes attached to her. But Nellie kept ruining the furniture, the carpet, and Henry's (her dad's) art studio. On his last nerve, Henry decides to give Nellie away and Fanny is heartbroken for a very long time.

A few years later, with Fanny still touchy ab
Annabel ♥
Protecting Marie by Kevin Henkes is a great book. Although I have never lived in an troubled family before, like Fanny, I could definitely relate to her. I thought her relationship with her dog was amazing, and I thought it was really meaningful that her dad decided to get her another dog, after Nellie, her old dog, who got taken away from her because she was too much work. The title is confusing and you assume that the dog's name is Marie, but you have to read to find out what it means, It ac ...more
Adaline Griffiths
Nov 09, 2015 Adaline Griffiths rated it really liked it
Protecting Marie was about a young girl named Fanny. Fanny has always wanted a dog-and for a short time had Nellie. But then her father couldn't concentrate on his painting, so he made Fanny give her away. Then one day her father brings home another dog. But can Fanny trust her father not to take away Dinner? I recommend this book to animal lovers and books about man-to-dog friendships. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Dec 09, 2011 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
i thought that this book was just okay -- not too bad, but not fabulous either. it was well written, and the characters were well drawn, but i felt detached from the main character's anxieties and emotional ups and downs. frankly, they seemed over-blown to me. i'm sure that there are young readers out there who will share the protagonist's worries and concerns, and i think that this book will speak very well to them. in fact, it will probably be quite comforting, since all works out well in the ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Carold rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book. I love any book about dogs and this book was a joy to read. Fanny was devastated by the decision of her father to get rid of the new because of the time involved in raising a puppy. Fanny chose not to get too close to the older dog that took the puppy's place, but fell in love anyway. Great read, heartwarming story.
Oct 08, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
I love Kevin Henkes' exploration of childhood and the different emotions and situations that children face. This book is about what happens when your parents disappoint you and how you find your place in your family and the world. Henkes has such a delicate touch with explaining childhood emotions.
Feb 09, 2012 Shirley rated it really liked it
What is the powerless feeling of being a young girl who feels like nothing in her life is safe from being taken away?

What does it feel like to be a 60-year-old father who is powerless to control the passage of time?

Protecting Marie is the story of a love/hate relationship that develops between a father and daughter as a result of their fears.

Thank goodness for the magic of a Shepherd mix named Dinner who bridges the gap between her owners.

Here is a word to remember.
"That night, Fanny coined a n
Veronica Valentino
Sep 22, 2015 Veronica Valentino rated it it was amazing
I read this book quite awhile ago and i loved it! now that it's been a few years, i reread it, and i fell in love with this book all over again. i really recommend this book for those of you who have dogs, or just want a quick and simple read during the winter.
Aug 23, 2007 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This book was well written, but the ending was pretty lame and unrealistic. Fanny, the main character was interesting and dealing with a difficult father, who is moody, self-centered, and unthinking. She deals with this by living in fear of what beloved object, activity, or in one case, pet, he is going to take away from her. I really felt sorry for her! I suppose this would be a good book for a pre-teen to read if they were dealing with a similar situation. I don't think it does much in giving ...more
Mrs. Symes
Jan 05, 2009 Mrs. Symes rated it really liked it
Fanny has always wanted a dog of her own. However, her father is too particular to let a little puppy mess up his neat and tidy life. That all changes when he brings home Dinner, an older dog that is already trained. Despite her reservations about trusting her dad, Fanny falls in love with Dinner. Will she ever learn to trust her dad again?

From the other of Olive's Ocean comes another book about an adolescent girl learning lessons about life. The book is a good read, especially if you are a per
Nov 13, 2009 Mallory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fanny Swan is a typical 12 year old. She is struggling to understand the complexities of her father. Her only desire in life is to own and dog, and the only person standing in her way is her dad. When he comes home one day with a dog, Fanny wonders what has changed her dad’s mind. Even more, she wonders if the gift will last or if her dad will change his mind and take her beloved new dog away.

My only negative comment is that I think that this book could have had a better title. I know why Henke
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Bethany F
A good book that I loved. I thought it was a bit confusing, but I loved it all the same!
Kathrine Holyoak
Dec 07, 2009 Kathrine Holyoak rated it it was ok
I love to buy books at Scholastic Book Fairs and read them out loud to my kids. Emily is still the only one who will allow it. I read this aloud to her. Kevin Henkes is one of our favorite authors- (he wrote Crystanthamum, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Owen etc). This book had it's moments, but I didn't love it. I had to edit it in places (for language) as I read it aloud to my 10 year old. It is a slightly depressing theme and it never resolved itself enough to redeem wading through it all- espe ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 20 21 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's The Name o...: Children's book about dog, girl, and an older dad [s] 6 33 Jul 27, 2013 08:11PM  
  • The Secret Window
  • Smart Dog
  • Finishing Becca: A Story about Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold
  • 77 Things You Absolutely Have to Do Before You Finish College
  • Santa Paws To The Rescue (Santa Paws, #3)
  • We Love You, Snoopy (Peanuts Coronet, #19)
  • Stealing Thunder
  • Jazmin's Notebook
  • Classroom At The End Of The Hall
  • Dancing the Seas (Dolphin Diaries, #8)
  • The President's Daughter
  • Tadpole
  • Coyote Autumn
  • Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy (Sammy Keyes, #3)
  • My Life in Dog Years
  • The Littles And The Lost Children
  • The Ghost of Cutler Creek
  • North
Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
More about Kevin Henkes...

Share This Book