Little Dog, Lost by Marion Bauer

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A “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel in verse starring a boy, a lost dog, and a lonely old man, from Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer

Mark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can’t get his mom on board with his plan.

Buddy is a dog who needs a boy. Buddy has an owner already, but not one who understands what a dog really needs.

Mr. LaRue is a neighbor who needs a community. He’s alone all the time in his huge old house—and everyone needs more than that.

Over the course of a summer thunderstorm and one chaotic town council meeting, these three characters cross paths and come together in a timeless tale ripe with emotions. They’ll realize they all need the same things: love, understanding, and a sense of belonging—plus a place to play a game of fetch!
 

About Marion Bauer

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Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother's Song, and Thank You for Me! She has recently retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.Jennifer A. Bell graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design and worked for several years as a product designer before establishing herself as an illustrator. She lives with her husband and son in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 212 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When her loving family—especially the boy who kisses her on the lips—moves to the city, Buddy is re-homed with a clueless though kind woman while a dog-loving boy yearns for a mutt of his own.

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Told in free verse, this charming novel examines themes of longing and loneliness through three memorable characters: a boy, Mark, who desperately wants a dog; a taciturn old man, Charles Larue, who c

Apr 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Little Dog, Lost

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Rather than describing how nature's inhabitants sleep, here sleep itself is personified via an array of animals: as a bird, when ""Sleep gathers you beneath its feathery wings,"" and as a lamb that ""grazes softly around your bed."" The images ease readers and listeners from a visual world into a...

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In this companion volume to If You Were Born a Kitten, lambs graze in a moonlit meadow, a blue whale can be glimpsed through a haze of bubbles.

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Told in free verse, this charming novel examines themes of longing and loneliness through three memorable characters: a boy, Mark, who desperately wants a dog;

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It has been 25 years since Dane Bauer won a Newbery Honor for her young adult book, "On My Honor" and in that time, she has honed and developed her style by writing board books, picture books, and easy readers, as well as fiction and non-fiction for middle grade and young adult readers.

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