A Dog's Life by Ann M Martin
The Autobiography Of A Stray

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Newbery Honor author Ann Martin's "heartwrenching and heartwarming" (Kirkus) dog story, now in paperback, with After Words bonus material.

Squirrel and her brother Bone begin their lives in a toolshed behind someone's summer house. Their mother nurtures them and teaches them the many skills they will need to survive as stray dogs. But when their mother is taken from them suddenly and too soon, the puppies are forced to make their own way in the world, facing humans both gentle and brutal, busy highways, other animals, and the changing seasons. When Bone and Squirrel become separated, Squirrel must fend for herself, and in the process makes two friends who in very different ways define her fate.
 

About Ann M Martin

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Ann M. Martin, 1955 - Ann Mathews Martin was born on August 12, 1955 in Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated from Smith College and worked as a teacher, was an editor of children's books for both Bantam and Scholastic, and then became a full time writer. Martin is the author of the well-known Baby-sitters Club books. She has also written other children's books, which include the title "Ten Kids, No Pets." She bases her characters, in part, on individuals in her own life; and the shy babysitter Mary Anne, is partially based on herself. She created a new series for middle grade readers called California Diaries, which follows Dawn of The Baby-sitters Club, after she moves to California.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 185 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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A stray blue heeler dog shows she’s got game when she finds happy owners for herself and her new puppy.

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In this poignant companion to A Dog’s Life (2005), Martin pursues her story of two homeless puppies from male puppy Bone’s perspective, adding canine-related stories from two boys, Charlie and Henry.

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Following the tradition of other realistic animal stories, this moving account of a stray dog’s life experiences is told from the canine perspective.

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Martin's latest, told from the viewpoint of the title character—a pooch named Squirrel—could well be a primer for potential dog owners: it's a cautionary tale chronicling just about everything not to do as a canine caretaker.

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Each page features a color photo of a pooch dressed in an outlandish get-up (a bright pink wig, a witch's hat, a tiara, a football helmet and a striped prison uniform are among the accessories).

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But will Squirrel ever find a human to love, one who needs Squirrel just as much as Squirrel needs her and is willing to give Squirrel a good home?

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