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A Dog Called Homeless (edition 2012)

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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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Schneider Family Award. This is a story about a young girl who loses her mother, but still sees her. No one believes that she can see her Mom, so she decides to stop talking. Grief and friendship are dominant themes. Lovely book with great character development. ( )
  root.katy | Jun 9, 2014 |
When Cally 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. So when Cally stops talking 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? This story's characters are all very likeable. I really liked the dog and how he seemed to be there exactly when Callie needs him. (Ms. Connie) ( )
  JSIS-Reviews | Jun 1, 2014 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 4-7

Plot Summary: Cally is excited to sign up to sing in the school show with her best friend, but suddenly, they get in an argument and aren't friends anymore. Hurt by her friend, and hurt from losing her mom a year ago in a car accident, she volunteers to raise money for Angela's Hospice by taking an oath of silence. Only her oath lasts more than the one day. She doesn't talk at school to anyone, including to teachers and students, and she isn't talking at home either, until she gets her dad to read her mind and understands what she needs: a conversation about her mother. She doesn't even talk to her new neighbors so it's a good thing the boy in the same apartment building is deaf so she doesn't have to talk to him. Will she ever speak again?

Setting: unknown

Characters:
Cally Fisher - has a beautiful singing voice, loved to sing for her mom but hasn't sung too much since her death
Luke Fisher - 13 y/o, expresses concern when Cally stops talking
Dad - Cally's dad, is grieving in his own way and doesn't understand what Cally needs
Louise Fisher - Cally's mom, died on her husband's birthday getting a birthday cake
Mia Johnson - Cally's best friend who suddenly becomes friends with Daisy Bouvier and tells Cally maybe they should be friends and sing together in the show

Recurring Themes: death, loss, grieving, ghosts, dogs, homeless, friendship, belonging, love, communication, silence, deafness

Controversial Issues:
pg 102 - "Dad was lying on the sofa watching TV, his shirt untucked, a bottle of beer in his hand."

Personal Thoughts: Exactly my type of book. Fantastic but not as memorable as others. Very well written.

Genre: realistic fiction/fantasy (Cally thinks she sees the ghost of her mom, but otherwise realistic fiction)

Pacing: slow: lots of character development, not very much action
Characters: very well developed, especially Cally
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Readalikes: Love, Aubrey, Waiting for Normal ( )
  pigeonlover | May 3, 2014 |
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 |
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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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