Lucky and Squash by Jeanne Birdsall

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Lucky and Squash are next-door neighbors and best friends. But there's a locked gate between them, so they can never play together. If only their owners fell in love and got married, Lucky and Squash would be brothers. . . . Unfortunately, Miss Violet and Mr. Bernard have never even said hello to each other.

The only solution is for Lucky and Squash to run away together, leaving a trail of clues behind them. Then, when their owners come to the rescue, surely they will notice each other and fall in love. Won't they?

National Book Award winner Jeanne Birdsall tells the humorous, heartwarming story of two friends determined to be together, complemented perfectly by Jane Dyer's exquisite watercolors.


About Jeanne Birdsall

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Jeanne Birdsall is the author of The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and A Very Interesting Boy. Jeanne's dog, Cagney, is the inspiration for Squash; when Jeanne Birdsall moved to Massachusetts with her husband, Bluey, her pup quickly made friends with Scuppers, Jane Dyer's pup. You can visit Jeanne online at
Published May 1, 2012 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Two dogs living next door to each other become friends through the fence separating their backyards, successfully serving as matchmakers for their lonely owners, Miss Violet and Mr. Bernard.

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But a fence separates their two yards and their single owners, Mr. Bernard and Miss Violet, are “so shy they’ve never even said hello to each other.” So the pets plan a series of “escapes” hoping that their two humans will be thrown together in the rescue effort—and if means the dogs ...

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Lucky and Squash is a book that is based partly on a true story of a girl whose name is Jeanne Birdsall.

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