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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 160
Themes: dogs, rite of passage, pets
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2002
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Dickon wasn't happy in his old home or his old school. He hopes that in his new neighborhood he will meet children who never knew his old, hyper self, who will like him for who he is now. And he hopes for a dog of his own. Dickon's mother calls him Birdie. She feeds him milk from a teddy bear mug. She worries if he's out of her sight for a moment and she knows how filthy and vicious dogs can be. Dickon is delighted to discover that the Humane Society is right on the other side of the fence behind the new house, but only by disobeying his mother will he ever get close to a real dog.

School Library Journal - December 1, 2003
"A satisfying and heartwarming story."
Booklist - November 1, 2002
"Little certainly knows what interests kids and how to tell a satisfying story."
Resource Links - September 1, 2002
"This is an enjoyable book."
Quill & Quire - June 1, 2002
"Fast-paced action and lively dialogue transport readers through conflict, challenge, suspense, and satisfactory resolution."
CM Magazine - May 24, 2002
"The emphasis that this book puts on relationships and their development makes it an outstanding read."
St. Catharine's Standard - April 20, 2002
"In no time the reader is launched into a wonderful story of the hero-s yearning for a dog."

Awards

ASPCA Henry Bergh Award nominee  | 2002 | Short-listed
Canadian Toy Testing Council Great Books  | 2002 | Commended
CCBC Our Choice  | 2003 | Commended
CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee  | 2003 | Short-listed
Red Cedar nominee  | 2005 | Short-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2002 | Commended

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