Faith And The Electric Dogs by Patrick Jennings

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Edison is a Mexican street dog, but he's far from ordinary. He can speak Bowwow and can understand English, Spanish, and French. When a girl named Faith rescues him, he begins a fantastic and unforgettable journey.
 

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Patrick Jennings grew up in a small town in Indiana, where there were no wild, lethally venomous snakes. He then lived in rural Arizona, where they were many, including seventeen varieties of rattlesnake. As an adult, he decided to confront his fears and learn more about the creatures. The more he learned, the more he came to hold snakes in high regard, and he even held some of them in his own hands. He introduced live snakes to groups of children, allowing them to touch them, hoping to prevent new generations from misunderstanding--and therefore, fearing--snakes as he did. Even after all this, however, Patrick is still seriously creeped out by the reptiles. He now lives in Washington State, where there are no wild, lethally venomous snakes. "We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes" is his fourteenth book for young readers.
 
Published June 1, 1998 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 144 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Strewing his memoir with phrases in Spanish, Chinese, Bowwow, Mew, Turkish, and other languages--all translated in the margins and in a glossary at the back--Edison places himself, Daphne, Faith, and her irritable but loving mother, Alex, aboard a homemade rocket, which, as it is fueled by pig fa...

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His point of view is of a worldly, street-wise character who understands many dog languages, several human languages, and a great deal about the transplanted girl from San Francisco who dislikes Mexico and wants to return ``home home'' so much that she designs a rocket to transport the two of the...

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First-time novelist Jennings takes a soaring flight into magic realism in this captivating tale narrated with brio by a Mexican street dog.

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Narrated by a Mexican street dog who befriends an unhappy girl and flies with her in a home-made rocket to an uncharted island, this first novel is ""a soaring flight into magic realism,"" said PW in a starred review.

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