Not My Dog by Colby Rodowsky

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Ellie Martin fiercely resists her new dog's charms

It isn't Ellie's fault, really. She's always wanted a puppy, and now that she's almost nine, finally old enough to get one, Preston is foisted on her. What's more, her parents say that this fully grown mutt that Great-aunt Margaret can no longer keep will have to do. They can't very well have a dog and a puppy. Although heartbroken and resentful, Ellie does see Preston's virtues. Still, she refuses to accept him as her dog. Then Ellie's resistance almost costs her Preston, and at last she embraces him. Colby Rodowsky's story about a child's change of heart has just enough tenderness -- and just enough bite -- to satisfy young dog lovers. Captivating drawings by Thomas F. Yezerski highlight the experience.
 

About Colby Rodowsky

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Colby Rodowsky's most recent books are The Turnabout Shop and Remembering Mog. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Thomas F. Yezerski is the creator of Together in Pinecone Patch. He lives in Rutherford, New Jersey.
 
Published April 9, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 80 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ellie has always wanted a puppy, and her parents have told her she can have one when she’s nine.

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Preston looks like Ellie's worst nightmare, ""a sort of square, boring brown dog with sticking-up ears and a skinny tail."" It does not take Ellie long, however, to realize that the pooch has some redeeming qualities: when Ellie gets sick, he stays by her side, and when she gets lost in her frien...

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