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The Meanest Hound Around

The Meanest Hound Around

Illustrated by: John Steven Gurney
For Ages: 7 - 10
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Freddie is a well-bred, well-mannered, fluffy white dog -- not the sort you'd expect to get dumped. But that's what happens. Now he's on his own -- alone on the streets -- until he meets up with Spike, a watchdog-in-training, who's just not mean enough to satisfy his cruel junkyard master.
Freddie helps his new friend escape, and together they set out, struggling through danger and adventure to find a new home.
But can either one really trust humans again? And if so, will Spike's past life threaten his newfound happiness -- and Freddie's as well?
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743437868 | 
  • July 2004 | 
  • Grades 2 - 5
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Chapter 1

Wet. I never felt so wet. I was soaked. Trying to make myself smaller, I hunched my shoulders and leaned to the right. A rivulet of water streamed down from the big limb above my head. The drops hit smack-dab between my shoulder blades.

Leaning to the left, I got away from that stream, but more water leaked from a knot on the other side of the limb. It hit right between my ears, trickled down to the tip of my snout, and dripped off my whiskers.

Beneath this huge tree was the driest spot I had found. Even so, I was still drenched -- soaked clear to the skin. Water even dripped from my tummy, adding to the puddle at my... see more

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