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Finding Danny

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Twelve-year-old Bree Davies is devastated when her beloved Border Collie, Danny, goes missing after her mom leaves the gate open to their Santa Monica home. In her search to find Danny, Bree is thrust into the world of animals in need. With the help and guidance of animal rescuer Rayleen, Bree's heart is opened to the plight of the dogs in the downtown Vox Street shelter. ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Walden Pond Press (first published 2010)
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Abigail I read it at 11 and really enjoyed it! I think it would make a great read-aloud for any ages. As for reading it on your own I would say basically as s…moreI read it at 11 and really enjoyed it! I think it would make a great read-aloud for any ages. As for reading it on your own I would say basically as soon as their able to read chapter books like Magic Tree House.(less)

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Katie A
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I write my reviews in the 5 different categories: Cover/Title, Characters, Plot, Suspense, and Overall. I rate each of these categories 1 to 5, (5 being i loved it, 1 being i hated it). SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Cover/Title: 5 out 5
I love the illustration of Danny. It is very well done and ties to the story perfectly.

Characters: 4 out of 5
Bree was a nice and caring person. I loved the she cared for animals deeply. I also liked Rayleen. I thought she was bubbly and a good mentor for Bree. Now this may
Kenzie Carlson
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My review on this book is it was a great read for young readers and people who like the heart filling stories. This book is very well written and has a very good plot. The only thing I do not like about this book is that how the mother was an airhead about the whole thing. The part I like the most about it is when she's on her way to see if it's Danny. She was very polite about this tragedy.

This is the best story I have read about a dog going missing. I also had this connection with this book b
Karen & Gerard
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a young girl named Bree. Her parents are super busy so they decide to get her a dog to keep her company. She names the dog Danny and they get along famously! One day her mom makes a mistake and leaves the gate open and Danny gets away. Bree sets out to find Danny and winds up helping many other dogs How you ask? You will have to read this book to find out. It's a wonderful story. I read it in two days and loved it! Give it a chance and you will too!
(Gerard's review)

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I really liked this book even though there wasn't any action and a lot of drama when she lost her dog. I think this book got stretched out too much. It took too long for them to find Danny and some parts didn't even make any sense. I really wished that they would have made it into a group search for the dog, and they had to steal Danny back from the pound. It would also have been cooler if they could have told the story from Danny's point of view, so we at least kn
Alexa Lou
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very heartwarming book, I loved the 3rd chapter, I the characters were good. I wish there was a little more detail, but it was a fun read and I am seeking to volunteer at my local shelter now that I am older seeing’s as I was too young when I read this
Sydney Bope
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just recently remembered this book and realized I had a copy of it lying around. And was like OMG

This is a fantastic book for elementary age kids, and it was a story that influenced me to become highly involved in animal rescues and activism. Really cute story.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ay
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Alta Mahan
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotionally grabbing book, perfect for middle school age (and up). Talks about some very real life lessons that kids face every day. Well written. And very much enjoyed!
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet, heartwarming, and inspiring story for those who love animals and animal rescue stories. I felt turn between 4 and 5 stars. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to others.
Samantha Smith
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: rated, contemporary
Maybe could have been a higher rating but this girl should have been kidnapped with how she was going into stranger's houses and cars. ...more
Good story about dog adoptions. Great choice for kids who love dog books
was super good!! totally recommend it
Brandon Stump
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grades
I loved this book! It's a feel-good, well-connected story about a girl who lives in a wealthy neighborhood near the beach in California. Her parents are both in the news business, and that often takes them away from home. They bought her a little border collie that she named Danny to fill her hours when she was along. Not only is it a dog story deluxe, but it also delves into family dynamics among the upper socioeconomic echelons, and it has a strong subplot about the plight of abandoned animals ...more
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was wonderful. For a middle grade novel, I am more than impressed. The meaning behind the book is so much more than losing her dog. It's about a girl growing up and realizing that change is constant. I definitely look at animal shelters in a whole new way and when I am older, I will certainly adopt. The author portrayed this story beautifully. I had a smile on my face throughout the book. "The only thing in life that's constant is change." "You must be the change you wish to see in the ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cute, sad, uplifting
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Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an awesome choice for people who really love animals and want to help them. I'm not going to give a lot away because I really want you to read it, but basically it's about a girl who loses her dog Danny and then realizes with some help of two very good freinds that she could help other dogs with no homes. It's a really great book, I hope you can read it. I've read it like, a million times without getting tired of it myself:) ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All Bree wanted was to find Danny. Instead she found the world of animal shelters. Maybe she could find homes for all the red-listed dogs.

Reasons why I like this book-

Reason 1- There are dogs in the story.

Reason 2- It educates people about what happens in animal shelters.

Reason 3- I couldn't stop reading.
Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, middle-grade
Great story about a young girl who loses her dog and finds the world of shelter/rescue dogs in the search for her beloved Danny. Heartwarming, positive story as the girl struggles with her parents, friendships, boys and making new friends while changing the world one dog at a time.
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bree's parents are busy with their careers, so they buy her a dog to keep her company. When he runs away, 12-year-old Bree's search brings her to a new group of animal-rescue friends. Girls who love animals will love this book and its unlikely happy ending. ...more
Anna Carmel
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my dog and we both absolutely loved it!!!!!!!!! I felt a lot of feeling when she ran after the dog that she thought was Danny, but it was really someone else's. My dog snuggled up extra close to me when the girl and her dog were reunited. ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful story. I finished it in 6 days. I almost cried at a couple parts but overall this was an amazing book of stray and shelter dogs and a 12 year old girl working to hard to save them all and find hers. <3 <3 <3
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book really put you into your feeling it has you on the edge of your seat the whole time! If you love dog stories I fully recommend it! Once you pick it up you will not be able to put it down! That's how good it is! I recommend reading it! ...more
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, realistic
A cute dog, a girl with lots of creativity and a quirky new friend who connects her with a dog shelter--whats not to love?
Karen Arendt
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, middle-grade
What a wonderful, sad, uplifting story. Bree's journey to find her missing dog, Danny, leads her to her first love, a new friend, and adoption of lots of dogs! ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this book is one of the books you'll never put down!!! ...more
Maddi Couture
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This a good book for people whoa re in the mood for a heart touching story about a girl who loses her dog and meets new friends along the way
Kayla M
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a really good book and that I can happen to anyone so it really tells you what to do when something like this happens.
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don't own; library copy

Kind of predictable.
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Linzi moved to the US as a young adult- and has lived in Santa Monica with her teenage daughter, Jordan, for many years.
She has been in the trenches of animal rescue for seven years and has personally rescued hundreds of dogs. She is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Forgotten Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing dogs in

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