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What the Dog Said by [Reisfeld, Randi]
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Length: 256 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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: 644 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 28, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00745YT74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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I love dogs - we have 4 Schnauzers. This is a story about a young lady whose father was a police officer who is killed. The dog helps her
to deal with his death. It is a well written, well researched storyline and style and has a satisfactory ending. We all know our pets help us deal with the losses in our lives but this is a charming and sometimes light hearted look at how this dog helped the daughter come to terms with what happened to her father. The dialog is realistic. Heart warming story. I highly recommend it. I bought several other copies as gifts to dog loving friends for Christmas last year.
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A powerful story about finding what you need even if it's not what you want. After her father dies Grace struggles to find a reason to go on while the rest of her family seems to move on, a wise cracking dog is just what she needs.
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Such a cute story that I bought 2 more copies for presents. A young girl carries guilt for her father's death until she meets a pound dog who talks and helps her work through things as well as encourages her to find her father's murderer. Well written, well told.
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If you're thinking this is your regular "doggie" story, then you're wrong. I found this story to be thought provoking, a refreshing book different from the normal doggie books. As you read it, you start questioning your own belief in what could be happening. It's an easy read book, not a lot of characters to keep track of and leaving you with a lot of info on service dogs AND the people who ned them. At the same time, you will be touched by the young girl missing her Dad. A LOT in one book....GREAT!
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I didn't know what to expect from a book with a "talking" dog, but "What the dog Said" actually turned out to be heartwarming, funny, and surprisingly realistic at the same time. I loved meeting Rex, a goofy shelter dog who has the ability to "talk" to Grace( the main character) and comfort her after the loss of her dad. The two of them form a special bond that guides them through service dog training-and through life. Further in the book, Grace and also begins to search for the truth behind her dad's death , and finds out more about her family than shed ever known( this even adds a more serious/mystery tone to the book) As Grace becomes closer to both her mom and her (popular) older sister, Regan, she starts to wonder who Rex really is. An angel? Or even, somehow, her dad? That question stays mostly unsolved, but the ending was still very good., but sad at the same time. This is a must read for any tween or teen girl, dog lover, or just someone looking for a good story. I loved it and I hope you will too! Five stars * * * * *!

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