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Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog

by Graham McNamee

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Keath and Lynda are fourth graders. The kids call Lynda Zebra because her mother is black and her father white. Keath is Whitey, as he's one of the only white kids in school. They become friends because Keath loves dogs and Lynda has a three-legged, one-eared beagle called Leftovers, rescued by her mother, a vet. Her dad helps walk the dogs in the doggy daycare, and the kids go along to help.

The importance of doing what you love and finding friends you can trust and will stick up for you are handled well, as is how difficult it can be to fit in, and overcoming a handicap. ( )
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A heartwarming middle-grade novel about friendship, family, and dogs.

Keath and his best friend Lynda are in the fourth grade. Some kids call Lynda "Zebra," because her mother's black and her father's white. And Keath is Whitey. He's vanilla in a chocolate school where Toothpick, a bully, has it in for him.

Lynda and Keath both love dogs. When Keath grows up, he wants to be a golden retriever. Dogs don't care about what color is the right one. Dogs don't hate anybody. Their favorite dog is Leftovers, Lynda's three-legged beagle. When he got hurt, his first owners gave up on him, but Lynda and Keath turn him into a winner, a pooch that shows Keath that sometimes it's good to stand out, to be special, and that even when you look different, there are ways to fit in.  

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With the help of his good friend and her three-legged dog, Leftovers, ten-year-old Keath learns how to handle the class bully and deal with being the only white boy in his class.

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