Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Sweet bond forms between boy and beagle in thrilling story.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 27 reviews

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age 9+

Great book.

I have read this book many different years with groups of fourth graders. I wanted to write a review after reading the others submitted so far. Judd is shown to use bad language within the book (and chew and drink beer) because Judd is a bad guy and these are things used by the author to drive home the point that Judd is the bad guy in the story. I always tell my students that there are a few bad words in the book before we read it, but that we are mature people and we know that they aren't words that we would (or should) say. I also tell them I've heard the same and worse walking through Wal-Mart. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater - the story itself and the internal struggle that the main character Marty goes through do show strength of character and trying to stay true to the values with which he has been raised.

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Great role models
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age 16+


The review from Common Sense Media doesn't mention that there is cussing in this children's book. Not okay.

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Too much swearing

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