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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Last Dogs
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316200042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316200042
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-Left alone at the vet's, Max has had no food or water for two days. All of the other dogs and the people have disappeared. He begins to sink into despair when Rocky, a small dachshund, flies through the room and gives him brief instructions on how to escape the kennel. As the Labrador retriever wearily pinches the latch open using just his teeth, he takes his fill of water and explores his eerily empty environment. Approaching the front entrance, he sees a wolf trying to break in, searching for the small dog that saved him, and their food. Max and Rocky best the wolves, but are later forced to flee. Thus begins their adventure through villages, cities, forests, and waterways in search of their now-missing pack leaders and the missing people. Part Incredible Journey and part Life as We Knew It, this is an interesting blend of genres that allows accessibility to the traditional YA dystopian-future genre. The pacing of the story can be slow at times as it is told in episodic segments characterized by new settings and cultures of dogs. This approach would be appealing to those who may prefer to read in bursts rather than long periods at a time, but keeping track of so many characters and settings could also prove a challenge to some readers. The book is illustrated with a number of images that greatly enhance some chapters. Patient readers ready for thick books will find a lot to enjoy in this cliff-hanging first installment.-Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, MEα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Each year, golden Labrador Max stays at the vet’s kennel while his family is away. But one day neither the vet nor Max’s family show up to the kennel, and his poodle pal Madame is missing, too. Eventually, Max escapes his cage, only to be attacked by a vicious wolf—but, thankfully, dachshund Rocky, also left behind, saves him. Together the pair set out to find their people, Madame, and answers. Survival means navigating devastated, disconcertingly humanless landscapes to find food and shelter while eluding dangers from wolf packs and subway rats. Their journey leads them to the Corporation, an oppressive dogs-only organization led by the power-mongering Doberman the Chairman, and to escape they must enact a risky plan and recruit other imprisoned dogs. With suspense, action-adventure, and some droll touches—as well as the occasional intense confrontation and some sorrowful, poignant moments—this dystopian, dog-centric series opener offers a fast-paced read, evoking elements of Animal Farm. Vividly detailed modern-day settings and diverse animal characters—if somewhat breed typed—will engage readers, and plenty of mysteries are left unsolved for the sequel. Grades 5-8. --Shelle Rosenfeld --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This is a great book for any dog lovers.
Samantha Green
It was very interesting to read what was happening from the dogs point of view.
Jeanette
Great book to read along with your kids for a family book club!
Christine Dorweiler

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hockey girl on January 8, 2014
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I love this book! But it is kindle sad in some parts. :( but I still really liked the book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N Figgett on June 4, 2013
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This book is an absolute blast! The characters are all very colorful, inspired, and creative, and the plot is riveting and intriguing. Any young person with a great love of animals will get sucked into it, and you'll never see them put it down until it's done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Bellinghausen on May 25, 2013
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if you like dogs you have to read this books. well written from the dog point of view, it is amazing how the writer gets inside the animals head. would absolutely recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jess on May 25, 2013
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My 10 year old daughter bought this book at the school book sale Thursday afternoon. Although she usually reads just the required amount of time for her homework, she wasn't able to put this one down! She's spent every possible minute reading...no tv, no ipod, no computer. She was up early this morning just to keep on reading, and just finished. She has excitedly shared details about her book, and just declared it her new favorite. It has my vote!
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This book will have you sucked into the series! Action-packed and full of adventure, it is also thick with the heart that makes a story, well, a story! I personally was at Barnes & Noble looking for a new series to read and this one was just as good - maybe better than what I was striving to find! Max, a lab, is disturbed by the disappearance of the humans, so he sets out to find them. A touching story, the start of Max's adventure is probably most interesting, you find how it all started, how he met Rocky and Gizmo, and how it all went down before he knew why the humans had disappeared. The subject is also very original, in most books the dogs are trying to avoid humans rather than find them. But in this amazing book, they are trying to find their humans, with trouble st every turn, the dogs teach us all an amazing lesson about friendship, hope, and a bit more than survival.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette on January 3, 2013
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I was looking for a book for my Grandson and noticed this book. I bought it for me. It was very interesting to read what was happening from the dogs point of view. I want to find out what happened next. The dogs are very well describes. The tale is of 3 dogs looking for their family after a disaster happens. You are not sure exactly what has happened Maybe in New York and the suburbs.
The next book will come June 2013. I will be getting this book. Great read
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By Samantha Green on June 8, 2014
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This is a great book for any dog lovers. It is full of adventures and I personally loved it. I highly recommend this book!
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By Darrell Maxwell on June 5, 2014
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They are just like people. We need more books like these. Once you start reading you can not put it down. Love the series.
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