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Jennings, Patrick.
New York : Egmont USA, 2010
IL 3-6, RL 3.7
ISBN 1606840533
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Rufus desperately wanted a dog. Rufus’ dad was full of reasons why he couldn’t have one. They whine, they drool, they lick other dogs, they eat dead things, they have to be walked in all kinds of weather, they stop every two seconds to sniff…the list went on and on. His mom tried to cheer him up by bringing home, of all things, a guinea pig. How lame was that…about as much fun as a pet fern! And he’d be the laughing stock of all his dog-owning friends, with their macho retrievers and Rottweilers.  When Fido (he’d named her after the dog he’d never have) escaped from her cage and followed him to school, Rufus tried to pretend he didn’t know her. 
But Fido was no ordinary guinea pig. What was it about her that ultimately found Rufus’ friends all pleading with their parents to buy them guinea pigs, as well?  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2011-2012)
SUBJECTS:     Guinea pigs -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.

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