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Legend of the Ghost Dog

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  650 ratings  ·  108 reviews
A thrilling mystery set against a stark landscape and the inspiration of Nome's real-life dog hero, Balto.

Twelve-year-old Tee has just moved to Nome, Alaska, with her writer father and sullen little brother, Jack. Jack isn't happy about the idea of living in the middle of nowhere, but Tee and her dog Henry are thrilled -- so much open space to run around and sniff!

But on a
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press (first published September 2012)
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Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Finished this forever ago in the middle of a crazy time ... wish I remembered it more. A student was desperate for me to read it, and my overwhelming impression was that I would've loved it when I was 11, which is the last time I read a book about a ghost dog. It was called Shadow, and it wrecked me.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Re-Read) this book amazed me when I read it about 4/5 years ago. The suspense, the humor and action was just edge-of-dear worthy way back when. And that hasn’t changed for me, years later.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has everything for preteens on up. Mystery, humor, characters, you will like very much; and, of course, Shadow, the ghost dog. Quick, fun read.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Anita moves to a cabin near Nome, Alaska with her brother Jack and her dog Henry because her mother is off in Japan on business and her father is conducting research on human/dog relationships and how they are being destroyed by the snowmobile. Since there aren't many children around, Anita meets the daughter of another researcher, Quin, and the two, though quiet and bookish, take to each other. Anita and Quin also like hiking, but there is something in the woods that is spooking Henry. On one h ...more
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so awesome and suspensful!!!!!

Tee, her brother Jack, her dad, and her dog Henry go on vacation to Alaska, because of her dad's research. One day she goes on a walk with Henry and he got loose. Tee finally finds him whining at a bush she goes and catches him but has this weird feeling that someone is watching her. Tee makes friends with another researcher's daughter, Quin. Quin knows a lot more around there than Tee, so maybe she can help find what that"someone" is in the bush.
Koen Schmidt
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Out in the Alaskan wilderness, there is something waiting for you...for your soul. As Tee is walking his dog, Henry, it was waiting for them. You have to read this book to find out what is waiting for them. It is up to Tee and her new friend Quinn to unravel the mystery. This book has a lot of mystery, adventure and creepy moments. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery. I give this book two thumbs up.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great. it was the type of book that I love to read!!!!!!
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I was more interested in Dodie's story than the whole dog ghost thing. Also, I'm tired of the girls-who-read-don't-have-friends stereotype.
Beth Leppin
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by a student, so I felt compelled to read it. overall, it was pretty good.
Shawn Campbell
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
-The pacing feels jaunty, I never felt like the story was dragging. This is especially good given we are told that there is a hard time limit on events.
-I liked Tee, thought she was fairly relatable. Or as relatable as I can be to a teenage girl.
-It focuses more on friendship and familial love and that's fun. There is no convoluted love triangle, or romantic sub-plot at all really.
-The annoying kid brother is written well enough to get an idea of his character but not to the point of act
Kayla O
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
January Book Review
Legend of the Ghost Dog
By: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

As Tee visits the crisp, cool state of Alaska, she meets new friends, goes on wonderful adventures, and sees lots of dogs, but mystery follows her around, waiting to be discovered. Tee is a young intelligent, caring girl. She loves books, hiking, and most of all dogs! Her dads work brings Tee, and her younger brother Jack to Alaska. Tee can't wait to begin exploring the woods of Alaska, along with her dog Henry, but when somethi
I read this with my 5th and 6th graders and they loved it! It's nice to read a book about kids in Alaska, but it's obvious the author is not from Alaska. She did her best at recreating the Alaskan wilderness, but she did miss a lot of key factors.
This book combines mystery, adventure, and sled dogs. The two main characters have a great friendship, which is so important for girls to see in middle grade (I'm tired of frienemies in middle grade). There's a goofy father that's not absentee but also
While I did have a bit of a bone to pick about the obvious child negelct here this is still a good story. There is a mini history lesson in there too so that's cool. A few continuity errors but you can get over them.

When Tee's dad moves her and her little brother Jack to Alaska to do some research for a book she thinks it's heaven to be away from people where she can hike and read all day. From day one she gets paired with Quin who is basically her twin. The two of them soon become obsessed with
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Leonardo Guardado
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is actually a very good book. This book has two things to it, adventure and mystery. THis book explains a mystery of a dog who was abandoned and was thought to haunt the woods of Alaska. Three kids were standing to find out what is going on. This book has a meaning to it but don't ask me. Read it!
Christy Hancock
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My 10 year old daughter who doesn't like to read couldn't wait to get back to this book each night. We read this together and I have to say I was the same way. Loved the characters and the humor. This is a definite read for those who love a good mystery and for those that'll love it too. I have to say I shed a few tears there at the end.!!! Exceptional book!!
Lia Keller
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A Battle of the Books title that my son said I should read after he was scared and then crying. I did both too! I loved the phrase "heart dog". Only criticism is that they mentioned Alaska having snakes more than once...
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like one big mystery. The ghost dog wants to help, and Tee and Quin have to find out what the ghost dog is, why its guarding the cabin, and will find a very old lady who is linked to the mystery.
Abigayle Seigneurie
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very good book that never gets boring.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It Is A Interesting Book About A 12 Year Old Girl that did not believe in ghosts but she kept hearing strange noises
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this since about the third grade but I remember loving this book.
Janet Robel
This is such a cute middle reader book. A little bit spooky which is perfect for young readers.
Renee Royal
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Kimmel is a heart-warming, easy-to-read tale of men and dogs.
The Characters
The characters make sense! I love this book because it's one of the few I've read where the main characters are children and act like children. I appreciated the realistic sibling relationship between the main character, Tee, and her brother, and also the hesitance from Tee and Quin to reach out to each other. They're kids and bookworms and they acted accordingly.
The Plot
The plot is si
A Book Vacation
Oct 07, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This is a really cute MG, younger YA read that has just enough creepy elements to enthrall, while also warming the heart with its sound themes and motifs. The story flips back and forth between the past and present, remaining mostly in the present to expand on the story, but the added past information helps spur the reader on as they realize this isn’t just a ghost story, but a search for the grave of a missing child, as well. Now, that probably sounds morbid, and it is, but it’s presen
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
12 year old Tee is like another adult in her family, Her mother is almost always in another country for work, so she become's the person that has to take care of her little brother, Jack, and her father. Tee's absolute 2 favorite thing's are books and her dog, Henry, it's hard for Tee to make new friends because no one really like's the same thing's she does. But when her father has to go to Alaska to wright a book, his partner, Joe, has a daughter named, Quin. Quin and Tee are into the same thi ...more
Karen Arendt
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tee and her brother, Jack, are in Nome, Alaska with their dad while he researches for a book on sled dogs. Tee friends Quin, the daughter of Joe who is helping Tee’s dad with research. At first Quin and Tee are aloof but quickly realize they have many interests in common, including dogs. On a hike, Tee and Jack think they see a ghost dog and name it Shadow. When talking with Quin, they realize this may be the ghost dog that has been talked about for years, though no one had actually seen it. Dec ...more
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hopefully I can coax my group members to make this an all-read! This ghostly mystery is laden with intrigue and reader appeal for grades 4-7.

When Anita moves to Alaska temporarily, she meets a new friend who is just as interested as she is in reading and....ghosts! Anita's parents are "taking a break" while writer-Dad researches sled dogs for his new book. Meanhiwle, Anita and her new bff think they have seen a ghost dog. Is it the legendary Balto? Or is this ghost dog related to another local t
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For an adult book, this only rates about 3 stars, but since it is a children's book, it rates a full 5 stars. Part of that rating is, it does not ask the reader to analyze the story at the end, a fault which appears in many books sold to schoolchildren.

I enjoyed the mystery, and was swept along with the children as they tried to determine first if there really was a ghost, and what it was, and then as their story merged with the consciousness of the first narrator, the story became smoother and
Logan Cummings
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author is Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, the genre is mystery........what is this book? This book is The Legend of the Ghost Dog. I read this book because it's a wonderful and amazing book. The story takes place in Alaska in a winter cold. Most of books don't have that type of climate as the background so it just gives it more amazing qualities. The characters as well are interesting and phenomenal too. The characters give the book more flavor to this book. The main characters are Tee, Jack, Quinn, ...more
Sarah Sammis
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Set in Nome, Alaska both in the present and in the 1920s, Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is inspired by the serum run to stop a diphtheria outbreak. The two real life heros were Balto and Gunner Kaasen. Here, though, the ghost dog isn't Balto (who is stuffed and on display in Chicago), but a littermate.

Most of the story is set in the present day, with Anita (Tee), her younger brother, Jack, their father and dog, Henry. While Tee is making friends with the only nearby kid, Quin,
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