Stubby the War Dog, by Ann Bausum

Stubby the War DogSummary:  Documents the heroic wartime achievements of a World War I mascot who was adopted by a soldier as an orphaned pup and who gained military honors and a display in the Smithsonian Institution for his brave service behind enemy lines.

National Geographic

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Dash, by Kirby Larson

DashSummary:  When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world–the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.


Immortal Max, by Lutricia Clifton

Immortal MaxSummary:  Twelve-year-old Sam dreams of owning a purebred puppy, convinced they are superior to a mongrel like Max, the family’s ancient pet. Sam decides to take a job walking dogs in  the fancy gated community in his rural town. There he clashes with Justin, a rich, pampered “burbie” who owns just the kind of dog Sam wants: a sable German Shepherd. Justin is determined to get Sam fired and destroy his dream. Their feud, echoing the conflict between rich city transplants and the townies, escalates into violence. But maybe old Max can help to save the day.

Holiday House


Welcome to Dog Beach, by Lisa Greenwald

Welcome to Dog BeachSummary:  Eleven-year-old Remy loves the traditions of Sea Gate, the island where her family spends every summer vacation, but after her grandmother and a special dog die, and her relationship with best friends changes, Remy takes comfort in the company of the Dog Beach–where she hatches a plan to bring her friends closer and recapture the Sea Gate magic.


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Wolf, by Valerie Hobbs

WolfSummary:  Jack has found a home and a purpose on a farm, keeping a flock of sheep safe from coyotes and training pups to do the same, but now he and his boy, Luke, must face a rabid wolf that threatens them all.

Farrar Straus and Giroux

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Truth of Me, by Patricia MacLachlan

Truth of MeSummary: Robbie and his dog, Ellie, spend the summer at his grandmother Maddy’s house, where Robbie learns many things about his emotionally distant parents and himself.

Katherine Tegen Books

Aces Wild, by Erica Perl

Aces WildSummary:  Eleven-year-old Zelly Fried’s parents will not allow her to have a slumber party until she teaches her mischievous puppy, Ace, to behave, but with Grandpa Ace around nothing is ever simple.


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The Mesmer Menace, by Kersten Hamilton

Mesmer MenaceGadgets and Gears #1

Summary: Daring dachshund Noodles narrates as evil Mesmers bent on world domination arrive at the Amazing Automated Inn, where eleven-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, aided by Noodles and the inn’s automatons, tries to foil their plans.


Duke, by Kirby Larson

DukeSummary: In 1944 Hobie Hanson’s father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner–but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened and determined to get his dog back.


Lara’s Gift, by Annemarie O’Brien

Laras GiftSummary: In 1914 Russia, Lara is being groomed by her father to be the next kennel steward for the Count’s borzoi dogs unless her mother bears a son, but her visions, although suppressed by her father, seem to suggest she has special bond with the dogs.


Misadventures of the Magician’s Dog, by Frances Sackett

Misadventures of the Magicians DogSummary:  On his twelfth birthday, Peter chooses, or is chosen by, a strange, talking dog that teaches him magic in order that they might rescue a self-destructive wizard, aided by Peter’s younger sisters, Celia and Izzy.

Holiday House

Finding Zasha, by Randi Barrow

Finding ZashaSummary: Twelve-year-old Ivan has escaped from the siege of Leningrad, but when the town he has taken refuge in is occupied by Hitler’s troops, he sees his chance to help the partisans he has met–and to rescue two German shepherd puppies, Zasha and Thor, from the cruel Commander Recht.


Hideout, by Gordon Korman

HideoutSummary:  The Man With The Plan and his friends return in this fifth romp in the Swindle series! “Hideout” is a place to escape detection, especially when being chased by someone determined to have revenge.


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Road Trip, by Gary Paulsen

Road TripSummary: A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy.

Wendy Lamb Books

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Rotten, by Michael Northrop

RottenSummary:  When troubled sixteen-year-old Jimmer “JD” Dobbs returns from a mysterious summer “upstate” he finds that his mother has adopted an abused Rottweiler that JD names Johnny Rotten, but soon his tenuous relationship with the dog is threatened.


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