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The Dog Who Lost His Bark

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Abused puppy learns to trust in perfect boy-and-dog tale.

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Eoin Colfer spins a perfect boy-dog tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and grabbing the occasional Kleenex) as an abused puppy learns to trust his new, loving family. The boy Patrick, his mom, and granddad are all dealing with their own worries, but determined to help The Dog Who Lost His Bark find his courage again.

Th story is often emotionally harrowing, particularly describing the all-too-relatable abuse and abandonment of a young puppy who's trying to do the right thing, or a kid wondering why his father seems to be avoiding coming home. Ever. The power of love turns out to be strong, even when bad things happen and people do stupid things.

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