A Dog's Life

A Dog's Life

The Autobiography of A Stray

Book - 2005
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Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780439715591
Characteristics: 182 p. ; 20 cm
Call Number: J MARTIN, A


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Aug 07, 2019

I LOVED this book! It was very insightful, and it was told from a dog's perspective, which really added an interesting dynamic to the story. The ending is very happy and satisfying, along with other parts of the story. However, there were parts where I almost started crying. Although I do not think this should deter you from reading it, sensitive or young children may find certain parts a bit overwhelming. I think it would be fine for a 9+ year old, possibly a mature 8 year old. This is a fantastic book!

Jul 08, 2019

While I am very much a dog lover, I cannot put to pen the same glowing reviews by other readers. I admit it does portray what a stray dog’s life could be like. It does have a happy ending for Squirrel or Addie, two of numerous names the dog was known as in this book. However, I cannot say this book touched me what-so-ever. Easy reading, a little slow, somewhat predictable, and a little disappointing as I was expecting more.

Anne M. Martin ‘A Dogs Life’ cannot compare with Betsy Byars ‘My Dog My Hero’ (2000), or any of Kate Klimo’s ‘Dog Diaries Series’ now over 12 different books or Nick Jans ‘A Wolf Called Romeo.’ Nick Jans book is a true story and is far more entertaining and educational.

Not highly recommended by Senior-Doctor-at-Bass-Fishing! D. A.

Apr 04, 2019

a very entertaining, cute but realisic dog story. loved it *IZ*

Dec 18, 2018

This book is great for dog lovers.❤️

checkered_roses Aug 25, 2017

I absolutely love this book. I read it in the 5th grade, and still like to pick it up every now and again to get that nostalgia back. It's a slice-of-life book about a dog who is just living her life, going from home-to-home, and understanding what being a dog is all about. Beautifully written and bittersweet--can't expect anything less of Ann M. Martin.

JCLBeckyC Aug 20, 2017

Dog lovers will love this book. All others might find it a bit tiring. Although it rewards the reader with a happy ending, there's lots of slogging through sad situations and garbage-y human mistreatment. Highly sensitive people might want to pass this one up. Those with a thicker hide will fall in love with Squirrel and root for her along life's journey.

This book is about a dog who goes on many adventures and meets new friends and people. Review by Haylee Hoffman

Oct 26, 2015

Thanks for the tip, amalace.
I found the sequel -- Bone's story.
Everything for a Dog.

Oct 22, 2015

Beautiful story! Teaches great lessons!

Sep 14, 2013

A very very good book. A great read.

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