Everything for a Dog

Ann M. Martin

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In this companion to her acclaimed 2005 novel, A Dog’s Life, Ann M. Martin tells the parallel stories of a stray dog (the brother of the dog featured in A Dog’s Life), a boy dealing with unspeakable loss, and a boy whose most ardent wish is to own a dog—and everything for a dog.

Bone and his sister, Squirrel, are stray dogs born in a shed. Left motherless as puppies, the two dogs survive together for a while, but are soon wrenched apart. Bone doesn’t know if his sister is still alive, and must now go on, alone.

Charlie is a boy who has suffered a terrible loss. And, as he’s healing with the help of his dog, another tragedy occurs.

Henry’s best friend has moved away. All Henry has wanted is a dog of his own. But his parents won’t let him.

Bone, Charlie, and Henry live very different lives, but they are fated to intersect in surprising ways. Award-winning author Ann M. Martin has written a powerful, heartfelt novel that’s perfect for anyone who has ever longed for a dog, or loved one.

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1. BONE

My tale begins with a tail. It is my earliest memory, this tail. I was twelve days old and my eyes had opened for the first time. I tried to focus them and I became aware of something moving, something black and white, something so intriguing that I bit it. It was a tail and it belonged to my sister, who yelped. I didn’t have any teeth yet so I hadn’t hurt her, but I had surprised her, my timid sister, Squirrel. Next I bit my mother, and she swatted me with her great brown paw. Then she drew me to her belly, and I curled into it, Squirrel pressed against my side.

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Praise for Everything for a Dog:
 
“Animal lovers of all ages will cherish this moving tale of man’s—or in this case, boy’s—best friend.”—­Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
 
“Martin's book honors the unique companionship and healing powers that have earned dogs the title of man's best friend, and it will resonate with both the reader who is already a dog owner or who, like Henry, pines to be one.”—Shelf Awareness
 
“[Martin] artfully alternates and gradually weaves together threads from the canine and human tales until the three stories converge in time and space into a completely heartwarming and satisfying finale. Essential fare for fans of the perfectly crafted canine tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
 
“This is a sensitive, gentle read that surrounds its occasional heartbreak with plenty of hope and warm feelings.”—Booklist
 
“This is a touching and ultimately happy story that will appeal to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Shiloh (S & S, 1991) and Fred Gipson’s Old Yeller (HarperCollins, 1942), as well as to a wider audience.”School Library Journal
 
“It is clear that Martin is not writing a conventional dog story but a serious and very fine book about life, death, and the need to keep going in order to find joy again, whether one is a human or a dog.”—Horn Book Review
 
“Dog owner Martin is also author of the critically acclaimed A Dog’s Life, and she has truly found her niche with animal stories that are both touching and compelling. Fellow dog lovers—and even those without a penchant for pets—are sure to share her compassion for Bone, Henry, Charlie and the entire cast.”—BookPage

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Ann M. Martin

ANN M. MARTIN is the author of the Baby-sitters club and Main Street series; the novels Belle Teal, A Corner of the Universe (winner of the Newbery Honor), Here Today, and On Christmas Eve, as well as the Doll People novels (written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick); and the novels P. S. Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More, written with Paula Danziger. Ann lives in upstate New York with her beloved dog, Sadie, whose mother was a stray, and several rescued cats.

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Everything for a Dog
Ann M. Martin

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Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award Master List

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September 2009
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ISBN: 9781429927048
ISBN10: 1429927046
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
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