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Length: 192 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 7

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Gr 4-6–Because he is afraid of dogs, Peter is shocked when he hears himself asking for one for his 12th birthday. Later, after bringing one home from a shelter, he is stunned to learn that his new pet actually talks. The Dog tells Peter that he needs help in releasing his previous owner, a magician, from a terrible spell. The Dog will, in return, teach Peter magic, which could help bring his father home from deployment in the Middle East. As Peter's practice of magic improves and deepens, he realizes that he is a better wizard when he is angry, and he has to confront his feelings about his father's absence. Peter's siblings also become involved with the attempts to free the magician. Peter's relationships are realistic. The resolution to the psychological pain of missing his father rings true and the magical plot presents adventure and an exciting climax. Fantasy fans will enjoy this story, and the fast-moving plot will engage reluctant readers.–Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When his twelfth birthday rolls around, even Peter is surprised to hear himself asking for a dog. He doesn’t even like dogs. After selecting the scruffiest mutt at the shelter, he learns that The Dog actually chose him—to become a magician in order to free his former owner (another magician) from a malevolent life. Peter, still dealing with his father’s recent deployment overseas, learns his anger can powerfully boost his magic, but at a terrible cost. His only hope is to find another source of strength within himself. The family relationships, particularly among Peter and his two younger sisters, are well drawn, and The Dog is an appealing, original character. Though some sections of the writing seem more studied than organic, Sackett creates sympathetic characters and rousing action scenes. The fantasy, which includes magical elements from flying at night to dinosaur attacks, is grounded by the realistic setting. The eye-catching jacket features the three kids, The Dog, and a T. rex. Grades 4-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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  • File Size: 1042 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (July 31, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HL3K5HW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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