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A Dog Called Homeless (edition 2012)

by Sarah Lean

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Title:A Dog Called Homeless
Authors:Sarah Lean
Info:Katherine Tegen Books (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 208 pages
Collections:2013 Archive
Rating:****
Tags:Tweens, Melinda McClure, 2013

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A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

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What a dear sweet story! A quick read with short chapters that gather you in. Lovely characters. A young girl who has lost her mother to a car accident stops talking. This is her story and that of her family and friends and an Irish Wolfhound named Homeless. I was really touched. It had me in tears. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Beautifully written but pretty heavy for most kids. ( )
  klarsenmd | Nov 27, 2013 |
On the anniversary of her mother’s death, Cally Fisher sees a ghost. It’s her mother, clear as day, in her bright red raincoat. From that day on, her mother appears whenever Cally needs her, often accompanied by a very large, and very real, scruffy gray hound.

Unable to deal with his own grief, Cally’s father is silent when it comes to remembering Cally’s mother, which makes Cally’s pain even worse. When she tries to talk to him about her mother appearing to her, he doesn’t want to hear about it. So after a charity event at Cally’s school, when she—the girl most likely to get caught talking in class—is able to go the whole day in silence, Cally decides not to speak at all anymore.

A Dog Called Homeless is a quiet, gentle read that is beautifully written and deeply touching. Cally’s relationships with her family, her friend Sam, a homeless man named Jed, and the mysterious gray dog, will tug at your heartstrings. The end is tender and satisfying.
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  KristinaMiranda | Oct 26, 2013 |
Oh this book is so wonderful - I want everyone to read it! The twists and turns in the story make it more than a "love the stray dog and save it" story. The book let's kids contemplate complex social/family situations. ( )
  LinzeyJoy | Jun 8, 2013 |
This book, aimed at the 8-12 market, is a deceptive read. Its title suggests it’s going to be a sweet animal story (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but it’s so much more. It focuses on how Cally and her family are adjusting to life without her mother but with the introduction of other characters shows how important it is to look beneath the surface of people. There are some lovely characters, I particularly liked the sensitive way Cally’s grieving father was portrayed and the friendship developed between Cally and Sam. This is definitely a book I’ll be recommending. ( )
  juniperjungle | Apr 16, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062122207, Hardcover)

When Cally Fisher says she sees her dead mother, no one believes her. The only other living soul who sees Cally's mom is a mysterious wolfhound who always seems to be there when her mom appears. And when Cally stops talking—what's the point if no one is listening?—how will she convince anyone that her mom is still with them or persuade her dad that the huge silver-gray dog is their last link with her?

A Dog Called Homeless is the gentle and touching story of how one girl's friendship with a homeless dog can mend a family's heart.

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Fifth-grader Cally Louise Fisher stops talking, partly because her father and brother never speak of her mother who died a year earlier, but visions of her mother, friendships with a homeless man and a disabled boy, and a huge dog ensure that she still communicates.… (more)

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