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What the Dog Said [Kindle Edition]

Randi Reisfeld
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ever since her police officer father was killed a few months ago, Grace Abernathy hasn't wanted to do much of anything. She's pulled away from her friends, her grades are plummeting . . . it's a problem. The last thing Grace wants is to be dragged into her older sister Regan's plan to train a shelter dog as a service dog. But Grace has no idea how involved she'll get-especially when a mangy mutt named Rex starts talking to her. Has Grace gone off the deep end? Or might this dog be something really special-an angel? A spirit? Either way, he is exactly the therapy that Grace needs.

Editorial Reviews


Animal lovers will relish the details about training service dogs, readers will follow Grace's determination to have her father's killer brought to justice, and all will find her hard-won healing inspiring."- School Library Journal

. Grace's search for the truth about the shooting gives the novel an edge; her discovery assuages her guilt and brings her a bittersweet peace. Even with a talking dog, Reisfeld's novel is moored by believable characters, dialogue, and emotions." - Publishers Weekly

"I loved this book! I learned all about how to train a dog that helps kids with disabilities. Grace was the coolest person."  -- Sharyn Kail, 13

"Rex is a talking dog, but only Grace can hear him. He shows her how to find her father's killer. She shows him how to help sick kids. I cried at the end." -- Karen Berchman, 11

"My mother-daugther reading group chose this one. I am glad they did! Grace, who is 13 was sad when her dad died, but Rex the dog made her happy."  -- Stefanie Greenberg, 12

From the Author

I love dogs and have had many of them. I just got a Barbet puppy named Desmond Jones. He is black and curly. I would like to train him to be a therapy dog, but so far, he is too rambunctious and excitable. The best part of writing this book was getting to see how service dogs are trained and how they help disabled people.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1467 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00745YT74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected gift June 1, 2012
I will be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for any story featuring talking animals. I will usually pick up any new release that features a talking pet, so when I encountered What the Dog Said, I was expecting something pretty par for the course. With the adorable mutt on the cover and the fresh faced smiling girl on the back, I was looking forward to some good old animal/human relationship humor. What I received was totally unexpected and even better. What the Dog Said turned out to be an incredibly perceptive look at grief and one young girl's struggles to cope with the sudden death of her father. Sure, there were some funny moments. Rex is a great character who I enjoyed from his first appearance when he tries to talk Grace into adopting him. Yes, the dog does talk through most of the book, but is it Rex, or her own magical thinking?

At just 238 pages, there is quite a bit packed into this well plotted, fast paced story. The reader learns quite a bit about canine assistance programs, but the instructive nature never overpowers the narrative. The reader gets true insight into the program and the wonderful work these dogs and trainers do in order to provide companion animals to people with disabilities. Grace is a complex character, and her relationship with her sister Reagan is particularly well done. Their dialogue rings with authenticity, and the growth of their relationship was perhaps one of my favorite parts of the story. Grace goes on quite a journey with Rex, as she confronts one of the young men involved in her father's shooting, learns more about her father, and her own power of forgiveness. This is just a rich, moving story that is a recommend for any young reader grades 5 and up. I enjoyed it thoroughly, staying up late just to finish it so I could pass it along. This novel addresses grief in a way that is very accessible to teens and tweens, and was an unexpected gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't want to spoil this for others, but... April 6, 2013
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This is a well written book that will have special meaning for anybody who has faced loss at a young age and the reality of having to cope with a disability that can't always be hidden.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book May 4, 2013
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I thought this was a terrific book. The story is about a girl who loses her father in a gang related killing. The girl has a difficult time dealing with her father's death and her mom and sister want her to get back to being herself. The story sounds true to life and addresses real life situations. It covers grief, loss, and how to get on with your life after suffering a terrible loss and knowing that the murderers are loose and you can't do a thing about it. I loved how the author kept your interest and the dog's character was wonderful. The dog helps the girl to grow and come to terms with her grief. I liked how the girl's friends put up with her unkind behavior for months and still didn't give up on her. Real friends are hard to come by. I didn't find anything about this book that I didn't like. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever suffered a loss of a family member by wrongful means and even if you didn't it is still a great book and covers all the angles that really come up in situations like that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For girls of all ages March 28, 2013
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Very well written and easy to read. A light hearted read and very enjoyable. Girls of all ages will enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most touching stories August 17, 2014
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I choose five stars for this book because I love how they make the book show how much a dog is loyal to the very end. This book was awesome, and the only reason why I going to read the book because the dog could talk. I love how Rex helps Grace through this time to get over her dad and realizes that he is in her heart. This was one of the best book ever, and you guys should read it to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love July 8, 2014
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I loved this book. The ending made me cry but yeah. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes animals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books July 5, 2014
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I finished this book in a day, and let's just day that it's so amazing.
Grace and Rex have a beautiful bond, and the story itself has a great plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read for those going through loss. June 20, 2014
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I have to admit, I thought it was corny at first, and some of it read like a giant ad (names of big companies sprinkled throughout), but Rex brought me back to it. I have my own dog and have went through loss so maybe that's why I was a mess at the end! Sometimes I forget Grace is 13 and Reagan is off to college, because Grace seems to be the more mature one. Overall I say nice balance of comic relief and discussions of loss. Young readers will love this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What the Dog Said
What a fun book! It seemed so real at times. Many people actually do adopt dogs and train them to be service dogs. Sometimes dogs do seem to talk to you. Read more
Published 20 days ago by paticia a jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for preteen, teen or any age
I thought this book was going to be just a little light comedy read. Instead it was a beautiful story about a young teenage girl copping with a family situation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy Hornbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars So heartbreaking
Oh my goodness it is so sad at the end when Grace has to give up Rex it made me cry
Published 3 months ago by mckalie alverson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Light Easy Read
Although this book may be geared towards a younger reader, it will touch the hearts of anyone who has ever experienced the comfort and purpose a pet can give during difficult... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you hear him?
I chose this title because this book spoke to me. Seven years ago my husband died and I'll never forget it. My dog, Mr. Bailey, has been such a comfort to me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shirley Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I loved this book
I truly felt that it could happen not the dog actually talking. I believe that was her way of coping with a great loss. Dogs can help with a lot of things. I know from experience. Read more
Published 4 months ago by liz Hixson
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
A great book for everyone regardless of one's age. I loved Gracie, her wonderful dog Rex, Gracie's mom and yes Regan also.
Published 4 months ago by Jeannie
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This story was cute but I felt it was written for teens. Perhaps I missed that note in the reviews.
I AM now looking in to training therapy dogs now because it seems like a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara J. Gerstner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dog With Attitude:)
I loved this book! The concept of a dog's ability to speak to someone is not so farfetched as any dog owner can attest to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cyndy28
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More About the Author

I'm an author of tween and YA books, reader, writer, advice-giver, TV addict, dog person, friend and family lover--basically, someone who'd rather sit and write, email, text, play Words With Friends incessantly--pretty much anything but exercise.

My newest for-Kindle books include the popular T*Witches series -- about teen twin witches separated a birth, and what happens when they finally meet. Check 'em out!

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