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The Good Dog

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The Good Dog

by Avi

What does it mean to be a good dog? What sorts of things does trying to be good make a dog do?

These questions become very important to McKinley, a sled-dog, who lives in the Colorado Mountains with his human family. He is especially fond of the human pup, Jack. Funny thing about humans: they think they own their dogs. The way McKinley sees it, dogs and people need each other equally.

McKinley always has to protect Jack, who is prone to misadventures and scrapes. Gil and Sarah, Jack's human grown-ups, never seem to know half the trouble Jack dreams up for himself. Sometimes, McKinley doesn't know how he's going to save Jack at all. Like the time when Jack saw a wolf in the mountains and decided to go live with it! How can McKinley stop that?

And what happens when the wolf, Lupin, tries to recruit McKinley to join her pack?
What can McKinley do? Where do his loyalties lie, with dogs or humans or Lupin?  Is it love and honor that motivates a good dog?

This fascinating book, told from McKinley's point of view, examines the dilemmas of a conscientious dog. 

Reviewed by Tamara Penny on October 1, 2001

The Good Dog
by Avi

  • Publication Date: October 1, 2001
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • ISBN-10: 0689838247
  • ISBN-13: 9780439416856