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Dog Gone

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Feiwel & Friends
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Allison Lundgren
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well this book upset me.....The main character has trouble with acceptance with the truth in regards to her mom, her grandfather & her dog. This results of this are far reaching. Ths character just made me angry & I nearly quit reading it. This is a young adult book but I think the age group should be 14 & up due to some of the content which is brutal
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is really good if you don't get sad easily and like happy endings. ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part was that the end was happier ending than it could have been. My least favorite part was when Dead End kept disappearing.
Kate  K. F.
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 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
Feb 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tori Albitos
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bring on the tissues. This is one dog story where the dog doesn't die, but there is plenty to tug at your heart. Dill is stubborn, but she loves deeply. In the end she must learn to face life's problems head on instead of running from them. ...more
Shannon Hitchcock
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet story. I love this book. It’s a great read. Dog Gone is full of suspense, especially for a young reader. One of the things I loved about this book is it's timelessness. It reads like a classic from a long time ago. ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Cute story--lots of discussion topics for curious little minds.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a good story with lots of reasons to have a kleenex nearby. Dealing with the death of her mother and blaming her dad, Dill bonds with a dog.
Nice dialogue, fits the southern setting.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Didn't think I would enjoy this that much... But I did. ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
This story is about a girl struggling with the death of her mother. It's a sad book, but ends well. ...more
Alison John
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Was an ok book!!!!!
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An excellent children's book that explores loss, grief and healing through the eyes of a young girl and her dog. ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book for kids 9 and up to adulthood. A fantastic story line supported by memorable characters and spectacular writing. I'm just glad Cindy assured me of a happy ending! ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book, but it was really sad.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel. Cynthia has a way with words that makes the story wrap itself around you like a warm blanket.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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.

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