Jungle Dogs by Graham Salisbury

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Sixth grader "Boy" Regis loves his family, their Hawaiian village, and the sea. But he's terrified of the wild dogs that lurk in the jungle along his paper route. His older brother Damon calls him "Sissyboy," and jumps into the middle of Boy's own battles at school. "Fight or die," Damon says, and "How can you be my brother?" Boy is no sissy, and he's determined to face the jungle dogs. If he can do that, he can find a way to show Damon: You don't always have to fight to win a battle.
 

About Graham Salisbury

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Graham Salisbury writes from the heart and draws on his own experiences of growing up in Hawaii. His drive to write about the emotional journey that kids must take to become adults in a challenging and complicated world is evident through his work. Says the author: "I've thought a lot about what my job is, or should be, as an author of books for young readers. I don't write to teach, preach, lecture, or criticize, but to explore. . . . And if my stories show [characters] choosing certain life options, and the possible consequences of having chosen those options, then maybe I will have finally done something worthwhile. Wonder of wonders." Salisbury has already done something worthwhile. His first novel, Blue Skin of the Sea, won the PEN/Norma Klein Award, the Bank Street Child Study Awa
 
Published September 8, 1998 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A tough Hawaiian neighborhood is the unlikely setting for a 12-year-old boy’s conquering of his fears in this exciting and heartwarming novel from Salisbury (Shark Bait, 1997, etc.).

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A 12-year-old boy learns to brave both human and canine jungle dogs in this tale set in Hawaii.

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Twelve-year-old Boy has inherited his older brother Damon's morning paper route.

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