From Publishers Weekly
"The author breathes refreshing life into two well-worn themes dealing with the class bully and wanting a dog," said PW of thisbook about fourth grade friends Keath and Lynda. Ages 7-11.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-5-Perhaps the best aspect of this story is McNamee's attempt to illustrate the social problems that can arise in a racially mixed environment. The book centers on Keath, a fourth grader who endures some punches and nicknames such as Whitey, Ghost, and Mayonnaise while attending an urban school. He's a virtual outcast until he is befriended by Lynda, who comes from a biracial family. The theme of social isolation is woven in throughout this book. Keath's grandmother has recently suffered a stroke, and the boy is afraid to visit her because she no longer speaks or looks quite the same. When his father tells him about the pets brought into convalescent homes for therapeutic reasons, he finds it easier to visit. He also begins helping Lynda and her father walk dogs after school and becomes attached to Leftovers, a three-legged beagle with one ear. A lot of interesting information about dog breeds, habits, and maladies is provided. Characterization and background are the strong aspects here; with its focus on issues, the story sometimes becomes thin in plot.Sharon McNeil, Los Angeles County Office of Education
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