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Twelve-year-old Dill (short for Dylan) is desperately trying to keep her family from falling apart. Her father is always at work, her mother is gone, and their dog, Dead End, seems to be here one moment and missing the next.
And big trouble is brewing. A wild pack of dogs is destroying local livestock and property, and the sheriff has ordered them to be shot. Is this wh
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Feiwel & Friends
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Ok, so I got this book at a book fair in 5th grade. I read the back, and I bought it because it sounded okay. I'm not a big reader, but this book was so awesome that I managed to read it in three days. Dog Gone really send messages about not lying and, quoting Dill's Granddad,"Facing life head on," in a way that makes you cry in the end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, not just dog lovers, and country lives. The cliffhangers at the end of the chapters kept me reading until I ha ...more
The book Dog Gone was in my opinion a great book overall. In the beginning you are put in the household of Dylan MacGregor nicknamed Dill for most of the book and in her household lives her dad Lyon, her Grandad who goes by G.D and a dog Dead End Named after the road G.D found him on. For the first five chapters you are not told what happens to Dill's mom but you know there are uneasy feelings about her you eventually find out she was a victim of cancer. The main conflict is that she has to find ...more
This book tries quite hard to tell the story of Dill, Dylan who is recovering from her mother's recent death from cancer with her father and grandfather. Things are complicated as the dog, Dead End that her mother adopted is suspected of being part of a pack of dogs that are attacking livestock. Dill spends most of the book focused on Dead End as a way to try and fix things without really dealing with them. Some parts of this book are well done, the dialogue and relationships between the charact ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Charlyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grade 4 and up
The death of Dill's mother has splintered the family. Her father no longer eats meals at home, her grandfather tries to draw Dill's feelings out, and the family dog, Dead End, disappears frequently, returning covered with manure and blood. When the word goes out that dog packs are chasing and killing area livestock, Dill's life is monopolized by her fear that the dog her mother loved so much is in danger. Her longtime best friend Cub tries to stand beside her and help her, but it's a tough job w ...more
Early on I did not like the book for a myriad of reasons, including: (1) it was not at all the story I expected from reading the cover, and (2) the subject matter of a parent dying from cancer is personally difficult. I skimmed the book because I still wanted to know what happened to girl and dog, but was extremely disappointed that I bothered. In the story, the need to face life's difficulties head on is often mentioned; however, the author did not face her own novel's end head on! Problems are ...more
My cousin had this book in her room, and since I love dogs, I read it. At first I was kinda bored and confused with it, but as you get into the story you'll understand all the tiny things. This is a great book, because only great books and great authors make me cry about words on a page. I do wish they'd explained what happened with Skeeter after all this mess, though.
On the cover, Newbery Honor Winner, Ann M. Martin, writes, "I couldn't put this down. More than a dog story, this is a many-layered tale of loss and grief. I completely agree Ms. Martin's assessment. This book will find a special place in the heart of pet lovers.
Cynthia Chapman Willis lives in Branchburg, New Jersey with her family and as many animals as they will tolerate and she can manage. DOG GONE (Feiwel and Friends, 2008) is her first middle grade novel. BUCK FEVER, her second middle grade novel, is due out October 27th, 2009.