Legend of the Ghost Dog, by Elizabeth Kimmel

Summary:  A thrilling mystery set against a stark landscape and the inspiration of Nome’s real-life dog hero, Balto.  Twelve-year-old Tee has just moved to Nome, Alaska, with her writer father and sullen little brother, Jack.  On a walk near their new house, Henry spots something that has him seriously spooked. Tee sees a mysterious shadow, and it seems to be following them.

Scholastic

Dogs of Winter, by Bobbie Pyron

Summary:  Brought to Moscow in 1990s Russia by his mother’s abusive boyfriend, five-year-old Mishka is forced by a gang of homeless children to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs.

Arthur Levine

Because of Shoe, by Ann Martin

Summary:  Hilarious and heartwarming dog stories from nine renowned authors: • Ann M. Martin • Jon Muth • Mark Teague • Margarita Engle • Thacher Hurd • Valerie Hobbs • Matt de la Peña • Pam Muñoz Ryan • Wendy Orr For young readers who have ever wanted, known or loved a dog, the short stories in this anthology evoke the full spectrum of endearing doggy traits!

Henry Holt

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Buddy, by M. H. Herlong

Summary: Twelve-year-old Li’l T and his family face great losses caused by Hurricane Katrina, including leaving Buddy, their very special, three-legged dog, behind when they must evacuate.

Viking

Little Dog Lost, by Marion Dane Bauer

Summary: A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man’s aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.
 
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

The Pack, by Dayna Lorentz

Dogs of the Drowned City series

Summary:  Shep the German shepherd doesn’t know why his family has left him alone, nor does he understand the terrible, shrieking storm that tears apart his city. He just knows that the new pack of dogs he’s met are his best chance at survival — especially now that they’ve made enemies of the wild dogs in the city.

Scholastic

Waiting for the Magic, by Patricia MacLachlan

Summary:  When Papa goes away for a little while, his family tries to cope with the separation by adopting four dogs and a cat.

Atheneum

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Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice

Summary: When twelve-year-old Eric’s parents are deployed to Iraq, he goes to live with grandparents he hardly knows in a small town in North Dakota, but his grandfather’s hostility and the threat of losing the dog he has rescued are too much and Eric runs away.

FS&G

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Fetching, by Kiera Stewart

Summary:  Deeply humiliated by the leader of the popular crowd on the second day of eighth grade, Olivia, who has lived with her grandmother since her mother left the family, plots her revenge using dog training techniques.

Disney Hyperion

 

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

Summary:  Saint is a a budding musician earning money playing clarinet for the New Orleans tourists. His best friend is a stray dog named Shadow, and it’s because of Shadow that Saint’s still in town when Hurricane Katrina hits.  His search for Shadow brings him to his elderly neighbor’s home and the three of them flee to her attic when the waters rise. But when Miz Moran’s medication runs out, it’s up to Saint to save her life – and his beloved Shadow’s.

Penguin

Smells Like Treasure, by Suzanne Selfors

Summary:  Farm boy Homer faces another challenger for his uncle’s spot in the society of Legends, Objects, Secrets, and Treasures but Dog’s hidden ability to smell treasure guides the duo as clues lead them to fantastic mansions and hidden islands.

Little,Brown

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The Pack, by Dayna Lorentz

Dogs of the Drowned City #2

Summary:   Shep the German shepherd doesn’t know why his family has left him alone, nor does he understand the terrible, shrieking storm that has torn apart his city. He just knows that the new dogs he’s met are his best chance at survival — especially now that they’ve made enemies of the wild dogs in the city.

Scholastic

The Golden Ghost, by Marion Bauer

Summary:  On a bike outing to the abandoned houses by the old cement mill, Delsie and her friend Todd discover one of the houses is not empty–and a ghost dog haunts the area.

Random House

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A Dog’s Way Home, by Bobbie Pyron

Summary:  After a car accident strands them at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved sheltie, Tam, overcome months filled with physical and emotional challenges to find their way back to each other.

Katherine Tegen Books

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The Storm, by Dayna Lorentz

Series:  Dogs of the Drowned City

Summary: When a hurricane forces his family to evacuate without him, Shep the German shepherd is confused. Where is his boy? Will he ever return? And what will Shep do in the meantime, now that the extra bowls of food — not to mention all those tasty things he found in the big cold box — are gone?

Then another dog shows up at Shep’s window and convinces him to escape. There’s food outside, and a whole empty city to explore. Shep just wants to go home … but the adventure of a lifetime is just beginning.

Scholastic

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