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Friday, August 26, 2011

Book suggestions for the dog days of summer

Posted by Staff

The dog days of summer have been long believed to be the hottest of the season, caused by the close proximity of the star Sirius (the dog star) to the sun.  In addition, today is National Dog Day - and what better way to celebrate than with some dogs in literature!  So, prepare a chilled beverage, gather your own canine buddies close by and read something you'll all enjoy. 

Classics to read again:
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson   A classic tearjerker of a story about a boy and his dog.

Sounder by William Armstrong  The story of a loyal hound, his poor sharecropper family, prejudice and courage. 

101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith  Not the Disney version, but the original novel - an enjoyable, funny adventure.

White Fang  and Call of the Wild by Jack London  These books have just about everything, brave dogs, adventure, the Yukon and a variety of trials and tribulations.

Contemporary Fiction
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski   A modern retelling of Hamlet, told from the point of view of a boy (Edgar) and his beloved dog (Almondine). 

Cujo by Stephen King   A thriller of a novel about everyday people whose lives spiral into discord.  Poor Cujo, he really is a good dog.  If you've only seen the movie, you need to read the book.

The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams Two dogs escape an animal research center and have to fend for themselves.

Timbuktu by Paul Auster A unique story of homelessness told through the words of dog.

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