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MARLEY by John Grogan

MARLEY

A Dog Like No Other

By John Grogan

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-124033-1
Publisher: Collins

In this adaptation of his bestselling memoir, Marley & Me, Grogan celebrates the life of his free-spirited, bad-boy Labrador retriever. When Grogan innocently picks the enthusiastic Marley from the puppy litter, little does he know this dog will crash through his life with hilarious abandon for the next 13 years. “Wild as a banshee and as strong as a bull,” Marley grows at a furious rate, chomping and chewing everything in sight. At six months, the incorrigible Marley is kicked out of obedience school. When a film company wants a “big, dumb, loopy dog,” Marley’s a natural. Whenever there’s an electric storm, Marley claws his way out of steel cages like a pro. Over the years, Grogan and his growing family became increasingly attached to their goofy canine, but eventually the elderly Marley wears out, prompting Grogan to acknowledge that despite his flaws, Marley was “a great dog.” Written with real affection and humor, this tender tribute to a dog “with stinky breath and bad manners” will win the hearts of even those who aren’t dog lovers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)