A Dog for Life by L.S. Matthews

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My brother Tom was ill. So ill, they couldn't even say if he was going to get better. But for me and Tom, the worst thing of all was that they wanted to take our dog away. To avoid infection, they said. Well, if anything was going to stop Tom getting better, that was it. I had to save our dog. But once we'd set off, nothing turned out the way we'd planned ...
 

About L.S. Matthews

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L. S. Matthews has written poetry and short stories since she was a child. Today she writes full-time in England, where she lives with her husband and her two children. Her first book for young readers, Fish, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and was a Borders Original Voices Book.
 
Published February 12, 2008 by Yearling. 178 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Because of his brother’s critical illness, John Hawkins’s mother says the family dog must go.

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So the brothers secretly hatch a plan: John and Mouse will travel by train from their northern England town to the southern coast, home to the boys' paternal uncle (whom they've never met) and ask him to keep Mouse until Tom is well.

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John, who runs away with his dog, Mouse, in order to save both Mouse and his very ill brother, is a likeable character, and in many ways, Butler is right for the job.

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Tom and John devise a plan so that Mouse won't end up in the dog pound.

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