The Green Dog
The Green Dog
A Mostly True Story
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374327798, 128pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2003
By the author of Shabanu, a Newbery Honor Book
The summer after fourth grade, a lonely girl wants just one thing: a dog. It's all she can think of. She tries everything to convince her parents to let her have one, but nothing works. She is sure that she will spend another whole summer alone – dogless and friendless – with no one to share her adventures in the woods and waterways of northeastern Pennsylvania. Just when things look bleakest, a dog appears on the side of the road and needs rescuing. He looks exactly like the dog she's been dreaming of. Together they spend long, golden days fishing, swimming, and exploring the woods. Jeff works his magic on everyone in the house, but it's soon evident that he has a nose for trouble, like digging up the neighbor's rhubarb patch and overturning a pail of green paint. Suzanne’s father rapidly loses patience. "One more incident," he warns, "and that dog is going to the farm."
This heartwarming story, taken from the author's childhood, will remind readers of all ages what it’s like to wish for something so hard – and to love something so completely – it makes your heart ache.
"[Staples'] writing is rich and descriptive...Suzanne and Jeff are sure to become favorites with readers of all ages." --Starred, School Library Journal
"Filled with rich, poetic vocabulary and nostalgic details...Staples' beautiful words and images capture summer's delicious freedom." --Booklist