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DOG DAYS by David Lubar


by David Lubar

Age Range: 9 - 11

Pub Date: May 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-58196-013-1
Publisher: Darby Creek

Larry Haskins spent a nearly wonderful summer playing baseball and caring for his three stray dogs. He’s always looking for good homes to place them with, since his family isn’t well-off, and he can keep only as many as he can afford to feed. Paul, his excitable six-year-old brother, sees a possibly black-lab puppy growling beneath a suspicious stain on the wall of an alley. Paul’s sure someone was murdered; Larry just wants to help the puppy. He is, however, running out of funds to buy dog food. Every plan he makes to earn money fails until the mystery of the stain and the puppy provides the answers he needs. Lubar has given parents and teachers of reluctant male readers something to cheer about—especially if they are concerned about the siren call of action-packed, violent series fiction. This gentle story with a laudable hero will draw young boys in as they recognize themselves in Larry, and it will keep them turning pages as his problems mount. The story threads knit together for a happy ending that will leave them wishing it had lasted longer. (Fiction. 9-11)