The Return of Rex and Ethel by Arnold Adoff

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Pepper and Belle have grown up in two houses, side by side-neighbor girls. Their dogs, Rex and Ethel, have grown up in two doghouses, side by side-neighbor dogs. But Rex and Ethel are old, and when they reach the end of their dog lives, they leave behind their beloved girls. In the hearts of Pepper and Belle, however, the dogs never stray far, inspiring the girls to find a unique way to commemorate their much-loved and forever-missed pets. •From a recipient of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children •Conveys an important message about coping with the death of a pet

About Arnold Adoff

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Arnold Adoff grew up in the Bronx where he discovered his love for writing. After graduating from New York’s City College, he went on to study at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research. He was a teacher and counselor for twelve years and has taught in other educational projects at New York University and Connecticut College. Adoff lives with his wife, celebrated writer Virginia Hamilton and says his own writings reflect our diverse world and “go beyond the so-called ‘American’ literature texts I encountered as a student and teacher.”
Published April 1, 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A touching story about two girls, two dogs, and the way in which the girls deal with the deaths of their beloved pets.

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their dogs Rex and Ethel have also been friends ""all of their short-legged lives."" But when both Rex and Ethel succumb to old age on the same summer day, the grieving girls become more aware of other animals that have been killed, injured or abandoned.

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