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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Dog, Ray by Linda Coggin

The Dog, RayTwelve year old Daisy dies in a car accident and goes directly to the Job Center where souls are put into bodies that need them.  Daisy takes a wrong turn on her way to the soul placement room and winds up in a dog's body.  However inside the dog's body, she still has all her memories of being a human girl.  Daisy is adopted by a family with a selfish boy who doesn't really take care of her.  She escapes that home and teams up with Jack, an elderly homeless man and Pip, a young homeless teen.  Pip instantly bonds with Daisy, who he now names Ray.  While the life isn't easy, finding food and shelter, Ray knows she is loved.  Pip was a foster care child whose mother died and he is out to find his father who doesn't know he exists.   This journey has them meet many people, some nice and some not, but ultimately it's a journey to find a home.

This is a short and easy to read book.  It is interesting as it is told through the perspective of a dog, who shows it's not always easy to be a dog.  The book is a story of death and reincarnation, but also of love, friendship and second chances.  It's worth the read. 


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