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Koja, Kathe.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002
IL 5-8, RL 5.9
ISBN 0374372780
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Rachel hates everything about high school except Mrs. Cruzelle’s AP English class because she  treats “you like you have a brain”.   Mrs. Cruzelle wants you to write about how you feel—or about what upsets you. Rachel writes about the dogs at the Animal Shelter where she volunteers. She loves taking care of  the animals and hanging out at the shelter.  When Mrs. Cruzelle asks Rachael to do peer editing with Griffin, a new and really strange boy in English class, Rachel is surprised and overwhelmed by his amazing writing.  Slowly a friendship starts to develop.
        From the minute Rachael sees a new dog at the shelter—a gold and white collie with the darkest brown eyes brown you ever saw--she really wants this dog. Even though the dog goes crazy when anyone approaches her cage, the collie looks right at Rachael. But everyone knows you can’t tame a feral dog.  Dogs born in the streets, can’t be domesticated.  The other workers start calling the collie “Lassie with an attitude”, and it’s painfully clear that this dog will never be adopted. But Rachael can’t stop thinking and writing about the dog…..  She can’t  take the dog home, because her mother has major allergies.  And then the dog bites a volunteer, but Rachel manages to talk him out of reporting it,
Time is running out and she still doesn’t have a  plan to save the dog.  That is, until Griffin comes up with an idea………. ……read Straydog by Kathe Koja.  (Stephanie Vail, M.L.I.S.)
SUBJECTS:    Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Animal shelters -- Fiction.
                        Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
                        Creative writing -- Fiction.
                        Individuality -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.


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