When Mack Came Back by Brad Strickland

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A howl in the woods on a cold winter day changes Maury Painter's life. Tangled within the thorny vines a dog lies whimpering.

It's 1943, and times are tough and lean on his family's Georgia farm. As Maury struggles to fill the place of his absent brother, who's off fighting in the war, he is determined to keep the dog he calls Mack. Mack is there for him, steadfast and true. But his father insists that the dog is just another mouth to feed....

Brad Strickland has been hailed by critics for his spine-tingling books in the John Bellairs series. Now this talented author reaches into his Georgia roots to craft a moving story about a spirited boy whose devotion to a beloved pet gives him the courage he needs to make his own way.

About Brad Strickland

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Brad Strickland has written or cowritten nearly sixty novels and about a hundred shorter works. Strickland also cowritten ten books in several series about Wishbone, Star Trek, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Sabrina, the Teen-Age Witch. Strickland has been a professional writer since his first sale to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1966. His first SF novel, To Stand Beneath the Sun, was published in 1985. Twice Strickland has been named the Georgia Author of the Year for young readers. He is also a Professor of English at Gainesville College.
Published January 1, 2000 by Scholastic. 112 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Maury, determined to save the sick pup, trades his Christmas gift—a used blue bicycle—to a friend in exchange for money to take Mack to the vet, a kind man who understands the boy’s need for a companion.

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