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

Running the Dogs

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  21 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Talmidge Cotton's daddy is the kind of person who believes Christmas presents are for Christmas, not two days before. So on the day before Christmas Eve, Tal still isn't sure he'll get what he wants most: the chance to run his three beagles in the woods at night all by himself. That afternoon it begins to snow, an almost unheard-of occurrence in Louisiana. Tal is excited b ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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 Running the Dogs, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Running the Dogs

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-35)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kate
Running the Dogs tells the story of Talmadge Cotton, a young boy in Louisiana whose family is snowed in just a day before Christmas in a freak snowstorm. Talmadge's father is stuck out of town, where he works on oil rigs (or something), and the family isn't sure Daddy will make it home. Talmadge's fondest desire is to "run the dogs" alone out in the woods without adult supervision, and this is what he's asked his father for as a Christmas gift. However, with only a couple of days to go, Talmadge ...more
Sonya
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Thomas Cochran creates a suspenseful, teachable moment. The rich culture of Louisiana backwoods shows in this family's celebration of Christmas, but that is not what draws the reader into the story. Ten-year old Tal finds that what he wanted more than anything, to run his dogs alone at night, may not be what it seems. He finds fear.

In sharing with his grandfather, he learns that even with age fear doesn't leave, but he is given wisdom that may conquer it.

A story of facing fear, finding what is i
...more
Martha McNair
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book, juvenile fiction, was published by my colleague last fall. It is a great little story set in northern Louisiana, where he grew up. I highly recommend it. His ear for dialogue is practically perfect, I think.
Heather
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Children's book I read with my son. wouldn't necessarily recommend as it had a few swear words and talked about Santa not being real.
J
rated it liked it
Feb 01, 2013
wunderkind
rated it liked it
Jun 21, 2009
Courtney
rated it really liked it
Mar 03, 2017
Darci
rated it liked it
Feb 23, 2014
Melanie
rated it really liked it
Feb 17, 2009
Thomas Cochran
rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2014
John Delap
rated it it was amazing
Mar 12, 2017
Edward Sullivan
rated it liked it
Aug 06, 2011
Jeremy Bunda
rated it liked it
Dec 19, 2012
Kenny Beene
rated it it was amazing
Mar 23, 2016
Lori
rated it liked it
Mar 02, 2008
Jordan  (PirateGirl)
rated it really liked it
Sep 15, 2010
Gabrielle Dionne
rated it really liked it
Apr 04, 2014
Lynzee
rated it it was ok
Apr 21, 2012
Lamar Billingsly
rated it it was amazing
Sep 29, 2016
Jodi Mae
rated it it was amazing
Jul 22, 2010
Ashley
added it
Feb 08, 2008
Stacy
marked it as to-read
May 10, 2008
Shelly
marked it as to-read
May 11, 2008
Kim Crawshaw
marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2010
Ryn Shane-Armstrong
marked it as to-read
May 27, 2011
Sarah Turnbull
marked it as to-read
May 30, 2012
Kate
marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2013
Sarah
marked it as to-read
Jun 01, 2015
Eric Karr
is currently reading it
Jun 12, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
THOMAS COCHRAN is the author of "Running the Dogs" & "Roughnecks". He lives in West Fork, Arkansas.
More about Thomas Cochran...

Share This Book