Synopses & Reviews
Bone is a stray dog, all alone in the world, looking for a safe place to call home. Charlie is devastated by the death of his older brother, but at least he has his brothers dog to comfort him. All Henry wants is a dog of his own, and even when his best friend moves away, his parents still wont let him have one. Bone, Charlie, and Henry dont know each other, but their lives are about to connect in a very surprising way. Because dogs, and dog lovers, have a way of finding each other . . .
Praise for Everything for a Dog: “Animal lovers of all ages will cherish this moving tale of mans—or in this case, boys—best friend.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “Martin's book honors the unique companionship and healing powers that have earned dogs the title of man's best friend, and it will resonate with both the reader who is already a dog owner or who, like Henry, pines to be one.”—Shelf Awareness “[Martin] artfully alternates and gradually weaves together threads from the canine and human tales until the three stories converge in time anad space into a completely heartwarming and satisfying finale. Essential fare for fans of the perfectly crafted canine tale.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review “This is a sensitive, gentle read that surrounds its occasional heartbreak with plenty of hope and warm feelings.”—Booklist “This is a touching and ultimately happy story that will appeal to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylors Shiloh (S & S, 1991) and Fred Gipsons Old Yeller (HarperCollins, 1942), as well as to a wider audience.”—School Library Journal “It is clear that Martin is not writing a conventional dog story but a serious and very fine book about life, death, and the need to keep going in order to find joy again, whether one is a human or a dog.”—Horn Book Review
In this companion to her acclaimed 2005 novel, A Dogs Life, Ann M. Martin tells the parallel stories of a stray dog (the brother of the dog featured in A Dogs Life), a boy dealing with unspeakable loss, and a boy whose most ardent wish is to own a dog—and everything for a dog.
About the Author
ANN M. MARTIN is the author of the Baby-Sitters Club and Main Street series; the novels Belle Teal, A Corner of the Universe (winner of the Newbery Honor), Here Today, and On Christmas Eve, as well as the Doll People novels (written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick); and the novels P. S. Longer Letter Later and Snail Mail No More, written with Paula Danziger. Ann lives in Upstate New York with her beloved dog, Sadie, whose mother was a stray, and several rescued cats.