Love That Dog: A Novel

By Sharon Creech
Read by Scott Wolf

0.59 Hours 05/17/2005 abridged
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    ISBN: 9780060848446

The Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, brings readers a coming-of-age story with enormous heart. Love That Dog shows how one boy named Jack finds his voice with the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, and with classic poetry included in the back matter, this novel is perfect for kids and teachers, too. Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments—and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns that he does have something to say. "I guess it does look like a poem when you see it typed up like that."

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2003 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award

Winner of the 2002 Christopher Award

A 2002 New York Times Notable Book for Children

A 2001 School Library Journal Best Book

The Newbery Medal-winning author of Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech, brings readers a coming-of-age story with enormous heart.

Love That Dog shows how one boy named Jack finds his voice with the help of a teacher, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, and with classic poetry included in the back matter, this novel is perfect for kids and teachers, too.

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Miss Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments—and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns that he does have something to say.

"I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sharon Creech has achieved more than one impressive feat here.” New York Times Book Review
“This is a book so quirky and original that it defies categorization.”  Guardian (London)
“Delightful, funny and poetic...a book of magic.” Benjamin Zephaniah, acclaimed poet, writer, and musician
“Readers will love this book.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)        
“Funny, original, moving.”   Independent on Sunday (London)
“A poignant, funny picture of a child’s encounter with the power of poetry...This book is a tiny treasure.”  School Library Journal (starred review)
“This really special triumph is bound to be widely discussed by teachers and writers, and widely esteemed by Creech’s devoted readers.”  Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Poetry is the perfect vehicle for a book about a boy’s acceptance and imitations of this genre. The poems mirror and guide his creativity and courage to risk...The author exposes children to some wonderful poems and tracks Jack’s journey into artistry with the very form that speaks to him.”  Children’s Literature
“Scott Wolf does a memorable job, finding the right intonations, pacing, and emotion to make Jack’s journey very real...This book gets high marks all around.”  AudioFile
“The story shows how poetry inspires reading and writing with everyday words that make personal music. This is a book for teachers to read aloud and talk about with kids.” Booklist
“A funny, sweet, original short novel written in free verse...This winning, accessible book is truly remarkable in that Creech lets us witness firsthand how words can open doors to the soul.”  Amazon.com editorial review
“A moving, amusing, and heartwarming tale.”  Barnes & Noble, editorial review

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Author

Author Bio: Sharon Creech

Sharon Creech has written more than twenty books for young people and is published in over twenty languages. Her books have received awards in both the United States and abroad, including the Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the Newbery Honor for The Wanderer, and Great Britain’s Carnegie Medal for Ruby Holler. Before beginning her writing career, she taught English for fifteen years in England and Switzerland. She and her husband now live in Maine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 0.59
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English