Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories (Hardcover)

By Margarita Engle (Contributions by), Ann M. Martin (Editor), Valerie Hobbs (Contributions by), Jon J Muth (Contributions by), Wendy Orr (Contributions by), Mathew de la Pena (Contributions by), Aleksey & Olga Ivanov (Illustrator), Pam Munoz Ryan (Contributions by), Mark Teague (Contributions by), Thacher Hurd (Contributions by)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805093148, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

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Hilarious and heartwarming dog stories from nine renowned authors:

• Ann M. Martin
• Jon Muth
• Mark Teague
• Margarita Engle
• Thacher Hurd
• Valerie Hobbs
• Matt de la Peña
• Pam Muñoz Ryan
• Wendy Orr

For young readers who have ever wanted, known or loved a dog, the short stories in this anthology evoke the full spectrum of endearing doggy traits! With stories ordered from easiest to most difficult to read, this is a book for young readers of varying levels to enjoy.

About the Author

Margarita Engle is a Cuban American poet, novelist, and journalist whose work has been published in many countries. She is the author of young adult nonfiction books and novels in verse including The Surrender Tree, a Newbery Honor Book, The Poet Slave of Cuba, Hurricane Dancers, The Firefly Letters, and Tropical Secrets. She lives in northern California.

Ann M. Martin is the New York Times-bestselling author of Rain Reign and many other award-winning novels and series, including the much-loved Baby-Sitters Club. She lives in upstate New York.

Valerie Hobbs is the recipient of the 1999 PEN/Norma Klein Award, a biennial prize that recognizes "an emerging voice of literary merit among American writers of children's fiction." She is the author of young adult and middle-grade novels including Sheep, Defiance, Anything but Ordinary, and The Last Best Days of Summer. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she has taught academic writing. Valerie lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband.

JON J MUTH has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books including his Caldecott Honor title, Zen Shorts, which Kirkus proclaimed, “As perfect a picture as can be”; and The Three Questions, which the New York Times Book Review called “quietly life-changing.” His book Zen Ties was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York State with his wife and four children.

Wendy Orr has written more than twenty children’s books, including Nim’s Island. She lives on a dairy farm in Australia with her family.

OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV illustrated the Charlotte’s Web beginning readers. They live in Colorado.

Thacher Hurd grew up in a family of children's book artists, and after attending the California College of Arts and Crafts, he began to turn his talent to picture books. He is the award-winning author of Mama Don't Allow, Art Dog, and most recently Moo Cow Kaboom! He has also written two board books, Cat's Pajamas and Zoom City. Thacher and his wife, Olivia, live in Berkeley, California.

Praise For Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories

“...the depth of emotion felt by canines and their owners will be universally understood.” —Publishers Weekly

“These amusing tales, all of them strong and distinct, total up to a nice, easily accessible package that will be a hit with dog lovers.” —Kirkus

“This ode to the canine condition consists of nine original short stories by Martin and eight other authors.” —BCCB