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The Good Dog
Nov 11, 10
Read in November, 2010
McKinley is our main character. He’s the dog whose human is the ‘pup’ Jack. McKinley and Jack live with Jack’s parents in a town referred to as Steamboat, near the mountains and where it snows. At the opening, McKinley is the town’s lead dog. The complications in his life stem from the arrival of a wolf, Lupine, who wishes to bring domesticated dogs from McKinley’s town back to her pack to help strengthen and enlarge it. Upon discovery of the wolf in town, some humans and their dogs seek to find and kill it, others to defend it, including McKinley. One of the pursuing dogs also challenges McKinley’s pack leadership. The story is cleverly told from McKinley’s perspective, with his talking about human things like “glow boxes” that they watch and identifying streets by things dogs would notice, their odors, appearances, and so forth. Dog communication is lovingly related through meaningful physical contact and a variety of sounds. The canine perspective, given in third-person writing, makes the story interesting for that. The values of being domesticated vs. being wild drive McKinley and the story and raise compelling issues. Enjoyable for an intermediate grade or middle school reader, it will particularly appeal to a dog lover.
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