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by Stephanie S. Tolan
by Stephanie S. Tolan
Nov 07, 10
Read from November 02 to 07, 2010
This book is about a 12 year old girl named Charley who injures her leg from an accident and her best friend Amy starts to hang around with another girl and leaves Charley by herself, so that she can go to an all summer camp with Becky Sue. Charley starts to take walks through the woods with her neighbor the Davis’ dos Sadie. This is hard for Charley because her mother has passed away and walking through the woods reminds Charley of her mother and how much her mother loved the woods. Charley doesn’t have as good as a relationship with her father as she used to. Everything changed after Charley’s mother passed and Charley’s father works all the time. Now all of a sudden a mysterious dog shows up in the Davis’ yard playing with Sadie. Charley names him Coyote because he has no home and has survived in the woods for quite a long time. Coyote and Sadie play all the time and by the time Charley discovers Coyote, Sadie and Coyote are best friends. Charley uses that as an advantage to try to tame and keep Coyote as her own dog. Charley finds it harder that she thinks that it will take to tame this wild dog. As much as Charley’s father likes her spending time outside and being productive, he would rather Charley getting a dog from the shelter, but Charley doesn’t want any other dog. With patience and perseverance Coyote has transformed from a dog that would run away when being looked at, to a dog that is taking liver from Charley’s hands and cuddling with her. There is still a long way to go, but it seems like that baby steps that she is taking to get there are working. I thought that this book was had a good variety of diction placed into the sentences. I could actually picture myself in this book as I read. I was able to understand every word in it as I read. I also thought that there was some superfluous information that didn’t really need to be in the added. The book went from interesting where you didn’t want to put down the book to being very insipid and it was making me bored out of my mind. I liked the story line about how Charley wanted to help this dog rather than get a dog that would be adopted no matter what. I really loved the parts of the book where Charley and Coyote really connected. The reader could tell that Charley felt great melancholy when her mother died and now Coyote filled the emptiness in her heart.
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