• Illustrated By: David Parkins
  • Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:family dynamics, parents separating, new pet, responsibility, Early chapter books about divorce and separation
  • Pub Date:09/03/2019
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 6-8
  • Lexile:500L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:P
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Reece's new dog, Ruckus, tears through life like a Tyrannosaurus rex.

He bites everything that moves and drives Reece's mom nuts. The puppy was Dad's idea, to make things easier for Reece after his parents' separation, but Ruckus is not easy at all and Mom is getting fed up. When her diamond earrings go missing, it sends the family into a tailspin. What happens when a dog swallows something precious? Reece is about to find out. But they can't give up on this little Jack Russell terror, can they? He's family, after all.

We first met Reece and his family in the Orca Echoes title Where's Burgess? by Laurie Elmquist.

"An inviting read for those newly transitioned to chapter books."

– Kirkus Reviews
“Lending itself to being read aloud quite well, this title could provide a good basis for a discussion on complex issues.”
– School Library Connection
“Elmquist expertly weaves many issues of social responsibility into the main story and introduces young readers to social activism, environmentalism, and climate change...Children will enjoy this story about a busy puppy and the young boy who cares for him.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“The writing is energetic like Ruckus. Full of acJon but also tells how Reese is feeling about things. Short chapters and straightforward sentences make this story accessible for readers…There is action, emotion and real-life situations. A good way to extend the experiences of young readers.”
– Must Read Literature: K thru YA
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2020  |  Commended
Chocolate Lily Book Awards   | 2020  |  Short-listed

Download the Ruckus Teacher Guide.