Books for Dog Lovers
Love dogs? Love books? How about books about dogs?
A little bit about STRAYS: My 11-year-old and I both read the novel over the summer and highly recommend it. So does The Bark, which had this to say, “There’s been much talk about the age-bending popularity of young adult books, and with Strays, a novel by Jennifer Caloyeras, one can readily understand why…an engaging book about a journey of self-discovery that should inspire readers of all ages.”
Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:
“Sixteen-year-old Iris Moody has a problem controlling her temper—but then, she has a lot to be angry about. Dead mother. Workaholic father. Dumped by her boyfriend. Failing English.
When a note in Iris’s journal is mistaken as a threat against her English teacher, she finds herself in trouble not only with school authorities but with the law.
In addition to summer school, dog-phobic Iris is sentenced to an entire summer of community service, rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris believes she is nothing like Roman, the three-legged pit bull who is struggling to overcome his own dark past, not to mention the other humans in the program. But when Roman’s life is on the line, Iris learns that counting on the help of others may be the only way to save him.
With sparkling prose and delightful humor, Jennifer Caloyeras’s novel beautifully portrays the human-animal bond.”
Jacki Skole is an award-winning journalist, author and adjunct professor of communication. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she spent a decade as a writer and producer at CNN before turning to teaching. Jacki launched WRITE Now to assist students in writing the college application essays that will chart their future. Read More...