ME & JACK
New York : Walker & Co., 2011
IL 3-6, RL 4.5
Joshua Reed was used to being the new kid in town, and he knew he needed
to keep under the radar until kids got to know him. His dad was a US Air
Force recruiter, and they moved around a lot. His widowed father didn’t
have it easy, especially since the Viet Nam War broke out; not only was
the war unpopular, but he also worried constantly about Joshua’s safety
and wellbeing while he was at work. Much to Joshua’s delight, his dad let
him pick out a guard dog to protect him and keep him company. The big dog,
which he promptly named Jack, looked a little strange; especially his ears,
which glowed red when he got excited. People seemed to be spooked, even
a little afraid of him. Joshua soon learned that Jack was a Pharaoh hound,
a very rare breed of hunting dog.
Just as Joshua was beginning to make friends with a guy down the street named Ray, Ray’s rich, spoiled cousin Prater began bullying tactics to prevent the new kid from breaking into their closed society. So when neighbors reported overturned trash cans, a ransacked chicken coop and other complaints, Prater was all too ready to point the finger at Joshua’s dog, Jack. When a cat was killed and Prater’s beloved horse was attacked, it became an all-out witch hunt. Joshua’s dad didn’t seem to know what to believe, so it was up to Joshua to clear Jack’s name. (Booktalk written by Luci Albertson- GSF Committee/Bedford Public Library)
Dogs -- Fiction.
Bullies -- Fiction.
Country life -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Pennsylvania -- History -- Fiction.