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Russell, Christopher.
DOGBOY
New York : Greenwillow, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 6.2
ISBN 0060841176
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Twelve year-old Brind, having been abandoned at birth, has been raised with a pack of mastiffs in Sir Edmundís barn.  Brind can communicate with the fierce mastiff dogs and they are his friends. Sir Edmund, an aging knight, must prove his value to defend England as he embarks in battle against France. The year is 1346.  Into battle he heads with his prize pack of mastiffs, along with Tullo, his cruel huntsman and Brind, the dogboy.  As Sir Edmund falls in battle, Tullo sets in motion his plan to take over the prize pack of Mastiffs and return to England to take his place as the hero and win the affections of the knightís widow.  Will Brindís bond with the pack be stronger than Tullo bargained for?  What measures will Tullo take to sever the ties that Brind has with the pack?  If you like action, adventure, narrow escapes and a little history, then you should read Dogboy.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2007-2008)
SUBJECTS:     Knights and knighthood -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Mastiff -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.
                        Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
                        Crecy, Battle of, Crecy-en-Ponthieu, France, 1346 -- Fiction.
                        Hundred Years' War, 1339-1453 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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