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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White Fur Flying, by Patricia MacLachlan

White Fur FlyingSummary:  A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends.

Margaret K. McElderry Books

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On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s, by Barbara O’Connor

Summary:  Summer days drift by slowly in Meadville, South Carolina–that is, until Sherman the one-legged pigeon flies into town and causes a ruckus. First Stella, who’s been begging for a dog, spots him on top of a garage roof and decides she wants him for a pet. Then there’s Ethel and Amos, an old couple who sees the pigeon in their barn keeping company with a little brown dog that barks all night. The pigeon lands smack in the middle of Mutt Raynard’s head, but he’s the town liar, so no one believes him. And when Stella’s brother Levi and his scabby-kneed, germ-infested friends notice the pigeon, they join the chase, too. Meanwhile, across town, Mr. Mineo has one less homing pigeon than he used to…

Frances Foster Books

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Fourmile, by Watt Key

Summary:  A mysterious stranger arrives at a boy’s rundown Alabama farm home, just as a dangerous situation is unfolding for the twelve-year-old and his widowed mother.


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The Vanishing, by Christopher Holt

The Last Dogs series

Summary:  When all humans in his world disappear, Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever, searches for Madame Curie who, he knows, will help find his people but as he and friends Rocky and Gizmo search, they face angry wolves, a gang of subway rats, and the Corporation, a supposed “perfect” society for dogs.

Little, Brown


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