The Meanest Hound Around

The Meanest Hound Around

By Carol Wallace; Bill Wallace; John Steven Gurney (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780743437851, 160pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2003



My name's Freddie. I'm a fluffy white dog -- well-bred, well-mannered. Not the kind of pet you expect to find on the road. But that's exactly what happened when my boy's daddy dumped me near a junkyard, with no place to hide. The rain was cold. I was miserable, scared, lonely -- and so hungry I could have eaten almost anything. The junkyard is where I met Spike (Junkyard Dog in Training) -- and Tiger, the real junkyard dog....

Who could have guessed that I, fluffy Freddie, would engineer the great escape for my newfound friend, Spike? Or that all we went through, to find our freedom, would be threatened when Tiger's evil master sets out to hunt us down? Or that we'd need the help of the Meanest Hound Around to protect our new friends?

About the Author

Bill Wallace grew up in Oklahoma. Along with riding their horses, he and his friends enjoyed campouts and fishing trips. Toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories to scare one another, and catching fish was always fun.
One of the most memorable trips took place on the far side of Lake Lawtonka, at the base of Mt. Scott. He and his best friend, Gary, spent the day shooting shad with bow and arrows, cutting bank poles, and getting ready to go when their dads got home from work.
Although there was no "monster" in Lake Lawtonka, one night there was a "sneak attack" by a rather large catfish tail. Checking the bank poles was not nearly as fun or "free" after that point, but it was the inspiration for this story.
Bill Wallace has won nineteen children's state awards and been awarded the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for Children's Literature from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.