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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689817657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689817656
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6?Since being attacked by a dog, Robin, 10, is afraid of them, but finding an abandoned mutt on the beach helps him overcome his fear. He wants to keep Friday but his mother, who runs a less-than-successful bed-and-breakfast business, insists that they turn him over to the RSPCA for seven days in case his owners call to claim him. In the meantime, Robin gets to know the new next-door neighbors?a cheerful, wildly nutty bunch of kids, one of whom is emotionally disturbed?and must deal with Dan, a bully. When Robin sees a notice about a lost dog that fits Friday's description, he is overcome with guilt and decides to notify the animal's rightful owners. Fortunately, it is a case of mistaken identity, and in the end Robin and his canine pal are able to stay together. This is a poignant novel about honesty and the complexities of friendship. All the characters are well drawn and Robin's sensitive nature will appeal to readers. The British coast setting and language may be difficult for some readers to identify with; nevertheless, the story is entertaining, funny, and thoughtful, and the characters have depth.?Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 4^-6. As she did in The Exiles (1993) and The Exiles at Home (1994), McKay tells a story springing from a cast of original, spontaneous characters, whose internal logic is consistent, though their actions may seem eccentric. Ten-year-old Robin's mother runs a bed and breakfast place by the seashore. Recovering from the emotional scars of a dog bite, Robin's trying to overcome his fear of dogs when a family moves in next door with four children and a mutt as ferocious as his name, Old Blanket. Many adventures quickly follow, with the plot strands becoming inextricably intertwined. The main thread involves Robin's determination to keep the dog that he finds nearly dead on the beach and nurses back to health. The sharply realized characters, fast-paced story, and witty dialogue make this English novel both distinctive and refreshing. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book for readers in the grades 6-8. I read it for a summer packet report and i really hate to read. This book is one of my fav. books because it has some drama and stuff like that! It left you on the edge at some points of the book and the end was like a cliff hanger. But it was a great book and it all came to a great finish like all of her other books. If you want a good book that doesnt take long to read and is easy to read choose dog friday
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Do you have to read for school? Are all the books boring to you? Then this book is for you! Drama and humor makes the book even more exicting.
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Ten-year-old Robin Brogan's mother is called to the hospital where Robin is swaddled in bandages and sporting two black eyes. To the nurse's horror, his mum has no kind words for him. Not that Robin minds. He knows how worried she must have been to be told he was in the hospital. This is not his first time there. And of course she disapproves of fighting which is what landed him there this time.

Set on the coast of Yorkshire, England, Robin's mother runs a bed and breakfast that overlooks the ocean. The house, called Porridge Hall, had sometime in the past been divided so that it is now two residents. The other side of the house has just been sold to the Robinson family. The four Robinson children have the unusual names of Sun Dance, Beany, and the twins, Ant and Perry. Their dog is known as Old Blanket.

Old Blanket is a problem for Robin. When he was four he was attacked by a dog on the beach requiring numerous stitches and a three day hospitalization. Robin had picked up a toy ring on the beach, not realizing it belonged to the dog. When he ran, the dog gave chase. He's older now and doesn't completely blame the dog, the fear is still there.

Hilary McKay writes wonderfully funny and touching stories. There are three books in the Porridge Hall series, all stories involving animals.
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By A Customer on March 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I liked Dog Friday alot. It was very interesting but sad too. It would definetly be in my top ten book list!
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book was very very very very very very very very great and funny
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