- File Size: 522 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publisher: Indicated Publications and Promotions; 1 edition (November 23, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 23, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Q254CQ0
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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|Age Level: 8 - 13|
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Even though the target audience is young teenagers I found the book very readable. Clarkson mixes humour and drama well to create a suspenseful book that pulls you through to the end. She also adds a few snippets of science, disguised as magic, just to make things interesting. I am however thinking that some of her characters were based on real people who she suffered during high school or some other period of time and their appearance in her book is a little payback. Not that that’s a bad thing. I also liked the shameless promotion of her other series the Silver Strand. I enjoyed the book, but I found the ending a little abrupt. I get that Clarkson was setting up for a sequel, but I think this book didn’t quite finish its story arc which left me feeling: where’s the rest. Well, I’ll just have to read the sequel. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a light read or a book for their children.
Barny is thrust into the position of Alpha, having to care for two very large, very precocious hell hounds. Their owner Mr. Lucius is desperate to have them trained to find his missing father. Sounds simple, but Mr. Lucius's family are anything but simple. They rate in the realms of myths and legends and Mr. Lucius's sister will do anything to prevent a reunion with their pop. Including putting a spell on the hounds to make them the most misbehaving beasts in the world.
This was a fun read, as we journey with Barny on his path to Mr. Lucius's employment, where he has an unexpected family reunion of his own. L.J Clarkson has mastered the slow reveal in this tale, keeping me guessing as to how all the characters fit together. Barny must conquer his fear of dogs, train the hounds and save the day, all in time for his 9th grade graduation. Will he find Mr. Lucius's father. Well, you will have to read it....
Barny, the main character, is a ninth grader whose father left his mom and him with not so much as a goodbye. Since then, he's been picked on and bullied by many of the other kids in the private school he has a scholarship to because his mom can't afford to buy him new school uniforms.
One requirement to graduate from ninth grade is to get a job for 2 weeks. Barny has his job all lined up but it is cancelled at the last minute. Suddenly, he has to face his fear of dogs in order to graduate from ninth grade. The job changes Barney's life forever!
The characters in Heaven and Hound are described well and some of them are quite unique. For example, Pop is a supreme being like no other supreme being I'd ever imagine. And his kids are pretty strange (at least the ones in this book) and each has their own powers. One of them, Mr. Lucius, is Barny's new boss. Mr. Lucius' sister, Gay, is evil and keeps trying to sabotage him from finding Pop. She's even willing to kill his hounds!
Heaven and Hound kept my interest throughout. It's a quick, and sometimes funny, read with a couple surprises. It's the first book in a series and I look forward to reading the next one. I definitely recommend Heaven and Hound for all readers ages 8 and up.
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