THE DOG DAYS OF CHARLOTTE HAYES by Marlane Kennedy

THE DOG DAYS OF CHARLOTTE HAYES

Age Range: 8 - 12
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Following the excellent Me and the Pumpkin Queen (2007), Kennedy returns with another original novel for young readers. Charlotte, 12 years old, doesn’t think of herself as a dog lover but steps in to care for a St. Bernard that her father bought cheap and now neglects, since the pet has outgrown its cute puppyhood. Beauregard is chained in a shadeless spot, his shelter a doghouse he can no longer fit into; in the summer heat, no one even fills his water dish. Determined to find a better life for the sweet animal, Charlotte hatches half-baked schemes to find him a new home. As each fails, her planning gets more sophisticated. A maturing Charlotte contrasts sharply with her unconcerned though benignly depicted parents. Her first-person, present-tense voice captures perfectly the emerging moral awareness of young teens as it comes up against the impotence of late childhood. Another fine effort, perhaps this entertaining read will serve to catch the attention of children everywhere living with too-easily neglected pets that have outgrown cute. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-145241-3
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2009




SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE UPSIDE OF ORDINARY by Susan Lubner
by Susan Lubner
ChildrenON THE ROAD TO MR. MINEO'S by Barbara  O'Connor
by Barbara O'Connor
ChildrenLIZZY AND THE GOOD LUCK GIRL by Susan Lubner
by Susan Lubner