Smart Dog by Vivian Vande Velde

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Fifth grader Amy Prochenko is wildly unpopular. Then one day Amy meets Sherlock, a dog on the run from a university lab. Sherlock is not like other dogs: He can talk, he's smarter than most of Amy's classmates--and he needs Amy's help. Suddenly Amy's life is full of danger and excitement, and she finds she is becoming, of all things, popular. Best of all, she discovers in Sherlock the sort of friend she's always longed for--and one she must protect no matter what the cost.

 

About Vivian Vande Velde

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Vivian Vande Velde has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent, User Unfriendly, All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award-winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.
 
Published October 1, 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 170 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A slapstick series of events ensues, from Amy’s convincing her parents to keep the dog she redubs Sherlock, to keeping Sherlock’s identity—and ability’secret, especially from stuck-up Kaitlyn, who bullies her every day.

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""The enduring fantasy of a talking pet is rendered with an abundance of charm and wit,"" said PW of this romp involving an English-speaking canine escapee from a research laboratory.

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F-32 (or Sherlock, as he comes to be named) is a ""smart dog"" indeed--he has escaped from a university research lab where a scientific experiment has endowed him with speech and all sorts of other signs of intelligence.

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