Little Dog, Lost

Little Dog, Lost

Illustrated by: Jennifer A. Bell
For Ages: 8 - 12
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A “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel in verse starring a boy, a lost dog, and a lonely old man, from Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer

Mark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can’t get his mom on board with his plan.

Buddy is a dog who needs a boy. Buddy has an owner already, but not one who understands what a dog really needs.

Mr. LaRue is a neighbor who needs a community. He’s alone all the time in his huge old house—and everyone needs more than that.

Over the course of a summer thunderstorm and one chaotic town council meeting, these three characters cross paths and come together in a timeless tale ripe with emotions. They’ll realize they all need the same things: love, understanding, and a sense of belonging—plus a place to play a game of fetch!
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442434240 | 
  • May 2013 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes the tale of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy–a match made in heaven, if only the two can meet.

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Little dog,

lost.

Little black dog with brown paws

and a brown mask

and a sweet ruffle of brown fur on her bum

just beneath her black whip of a tail.

Satiny coat.

Ears like airplane wings

that drop

just at the tips.

She used to be called Buddy

until no one called her anything at all.

“Hey, you!” maybe.

Or “Shoo!”

Names to run from.

Buddy wasn’t always lost.

Once she owned a boy.

It was the boy who named her.

(“I know she’s a girl,” he’d... see more

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