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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

ZA Dog Called HomelessCallie is a thoughtful girl and she feels everything that happens around her.  This includes some not-so-cool school experiences, the death of her mother and losing her home in which she had grown up. She, her father, and brother move into a small apartment. She feels as if she has no say in anything.  At school, she participates in a silence fund-raiser.  Callie hasn't talked since.Wait a minute. If she doesn't talk, how does she communicate with her blind friend? It is one thing to be blind, but to also have multiple medical conditions makes Callie really empathize. 

This story demonstrates that learning how to listen might be more important than what is being said. If you need to compare books sometime, you might consider comparing this to Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo and Almost Home by Joan Bauer. They might share many of the same elements of blindness, rescue dogs, losing a home, losing a parent, and wonderful children.  No, they didn't copy!!!!!! They wrote almost at the same time and the authors don't even live near each other. One doesn't even live in the same country. This book has already won the Schneider Family Book Award. It is also nominated for the 2015 Bluestem Award. 


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