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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 0
Themes: Dogs, animal rights, responsibility
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2009
Lexile Level: HL570L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
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Justin is fascinated with the aged guard dog at the corner store. He names it Smokey and sneaks the dog treats. Smokey belongs to a company that supplies working dogs to local businesses. Justin is thrilled to get a job working for Smokey's company, until he learns about the mistreatment of the animals. When Justin can't shake his suspicion that someone in the company is involved in a rash of thefts, he tries to quit. But Justin knows too much, and his boss won't let him go.

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