A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

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Praised by Newbery Medal–winning author Katherine Applegate as "graceful" and "miraculous," this Schneider Family Book Award–winning novel tells how one girl's friendship with a homeless dog mends a family's heart.

Cally Fisher knows she can see her dead mother, but the only other living soul who does is a mysterious wolfhound who always seems to be there when her mom appears. How can Cally convince anyone that her mom is still with the family, or persuade her dad that the huge silver-gray dog belongs with them?

With beautiful, spare writing and adorable animals, A Dog Called Homeless is perfect for readers of favorite middle-grade novels starring dogs, such as Because of Winn-Dixie and Shiloh.


About Sarah Lean

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Sarah Lean lives in England with her husband, son, and dog. She has worked as a page planner for a newspaper, a stencil maker, and a gardener, among various other things. This is her first novel.
Published September 4, 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books. 208 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Mrs. Cooper, Sam and a psychiatrist all reach out to Cally, each offering wise support, but it's Cally herself, perhaps with the quiet help of her mom, who finds a believable—if a bit miraculous—and highly satisfying resolution.

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In "A Dog Called Homeless" by Sarah Lean, Cally Fisher has lost her mother and seems to be in the process of losing her father.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Cally took part in a sponsored silence, then carried on not talking.

Jun 10 2012 | Read Full Review of A Dog Called Homeless

City Book Review

A Dog Called Homeless is about a family of three with a dad, a ten-year old girl named Cally and an older brother named Luke.

Oct 11 2012 | Read Full Review of A Dog Called Homeless

Alice Marvels

Synopsis: When Cally Fisher says she sees her dead mother, no one believes her.

Oct 17 2012 | Read Full Review of A Dog Called Homeless

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