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Animals Who Shine

September is Animal Remembrance Month, and when I started this post it was going to be about lost literary pets. I started compiling my list and became sadder and sadder with each title. These were the animals I fell in love with while reading, who mattered more than some (or all) human characters in their books. Instead, I thought, I will write a post about our favorite animal characters, focusing on their lives, not their deaths.

Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (2009 Best Books for Young Adults, 2011 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults)

“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.” With this opening line, Ness introduces the reader to Manchee, the talking dog who will work his way into their hearts. Machee mostly spends his time thinking about squirrels and poop, as I am sure most dogs do. I tried to read this book several times and Manchee always annoyed me until I listened the audiobook. Manchee is brought to life by Nick Podehl and you can’t help but love his blind loyalty and earnest love for Todd. If you had told me that Manchee would quickly become one of my favorite characters, I would have laughed in your face … now I can’t imagine the book without him.

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Dog Days of Summer … Reading

Quick, answers these questions as fast as you can….

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Hamburgers or Pizza?

Cats or Dogs?

If you said dogs you may own one of the 78.2 million dogs living in the United States, and if you are anything like I am, then your dog is a member of the family. In these Dog Days of summer where it’s 90 degrees every day, Hubbell and I like to end our walks with ice cream while we lounge in front of the air conditioning. Here are some cool reads featuring awesome canines that will help take your mind off the sweltering temperatures.

What the Dog Said by Randi Reisfeld with HB Gilmour
Shortly after their police officer father is killed in the line of duty, thirteen-year-old Grace’s older sister decides to adopt a dog to train as a service dog for a handicapped child so that she can write about it for her college applications. But, true to form, it is the grief-stricken Grace who ends up taking responsibility for the dog.

Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce (2007 Best Books for Young Adults)
When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy,” she is given to two of the toughest “Dogs” in the Capital, who will teach Beka the ropes — if she survives. Beka Cooper uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City.