by Ria Voros
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
Suggested Ages: 9-12
Release Date: September 1, 2012
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Description: A powerful debut novel about a boy who must face his past before finding a way to move forward.For thirteen-year-old Jakob, the summer is looking pretty bleak. His only friend has moved away and no one else seems to have any time for him - except the girl who lives downstairs. But she''s a little weird. Then again, so is Jakob. A few months ago, he was in a car accident that killed both his parents, and though he can''t remember exactly what happened, he can''t stop turning it over in his mind. No wonder people leave him alone.
Then out of nowhere, a stray dog befriends Jakob. Together they begin to roam the city streets by night, discovering an exhilarating secret world where they can both taste a new kind of freedom. But as their nocturnal adventures take Jakob farther and farther away from the safety of home, the truth of that awful night begins to emerge.
Will he be strong enough to face it - and who will be there for him when he does?
Exploring the heartbreaking loneliness of grief with sensitive assurance, Nobody''s Dog is a powerful and uplifting tale about family, love and survival, and finding friendship in the most unexpected places.
The Good Stuff
- Sensitive and not in your face tale of a boy dealing with grief
- Characters are realistic and interesting - nobody is perfect
- Chilko is adorable and I have a sudden urge to adopt a dog
- A great book for bringing up conversations about death & grief
- Darkly funny at times
- Very moving -- I won't lie I cried
- Extremely hopeful
- Jakob is a likeable character whom the reader will really cheer for
- Deals with surviving guilt and grief and becoming stronger for it all - done is a way that kids will appreiate because it isn't preachy or sugar sweet
- A fabulous book for classroom discussions - will be recommending this to my sons teacher
- This will be an author to look out for - and hey she's Canadian & from the west coast (Nudge nudge @indigogreenroom BC or Alberta event - I can help)
- The relationship between Patrick and Jacob is lovely & their conversations so deftly written.
- Love some of the conversations between Jakob and Libby - trust me they will make you smile
- Could have been fleshed out a bit more - but than again hey maybe wouldn't appeal to reluctant readers as much
"Wait - draw this leaf." She holds out a salmonberry branch. "Sit right there and draw what your hands see."
"My mom always knew when I was lying. It was some kind of superpower, like she could see inside me and find the lie circling around in my bloodstream. When I was five I lied about taking cookies from the package we were saving for a party. She stared me down until I started blubbing and confessed, in tears. From that day on, I couldn't lie to her. Her power was too strong."
"The way he greeted you. His wagging tail. It was pure happiness. I'd love to draw that."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Perfect for the reluctant reader, especially one who is dealing with grief
- Must have for middle school and public libraries
- Also perfect for those kids that are just a little bit different & feel apart from everything
I received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review