ROD'S DOG by Jean Bailey
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Rod's dog comes to him hard-won in this heartfelt and entirely unforced story of a boy who must get the chip off his shoulder during his first months with an aunt and uncle on a Kansas farm. His parents in South American on an engineering job, 12 year old Rod feels hurt, unwanted and as if nastiness and strong demands will be the best policy to make Aunt Suse and Uncle Glenn want to send him away. But the decency deep in him can't let his conscience go scot free and the ways in which he rediscovers happiness and responsibility- at home, with animals and with the neighborhood gang- make excellent boy psychology and swell story telling. Honest and steady.

Pub Date: Aug. 9th, 1954
Publisher: Abingdon Press