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  Cover Art: Sounder Armstrong, William Howard
Sounder
When his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young Black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read. Sounder is the family's loyal coon hunting dog, and the boy's best friend.
1969
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Little Dog Lost Bauer, Marion Dane.
Little Dog Lost
A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man's aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.
2012
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Possum Summer Blom, Jen K.
Possum Summer
While her father is away at war, eleven-year-old Princess ignores his warning that pet ownership leads to pain when she raises an orphaned possum on their Oklahoma ranch, then tries to send it back to the wild.
2011
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Incredible Journey Burnford, Sheila Every
The Incredible Journey
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.
1961
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Strider Cleary, Beverly
Strider
In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.
1991
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: How I Got a Life and a Dog : a Novel Corriveau, Art
How I Got a Life and a Dog : a Novel
Moving to inner-city Boston after his parents' divorce, eleven-year-old Nicky struggles to cope with the changes in his life, including acquiring a former guide dog that leads to a mystery for Nicky to solve.
2012
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Best Horse Ever DeLaCroix, Alice
The Best Horse Ever
Nine-year-old Abby finally gets her own horse but will this new responsibility mean she must give up everything else?
2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Because of Winn-Dixie DiCamillo, Kate
Because of Winn-Dixie
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog, Winn-Dixie.
2000
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: The Black Stallion Farley, Walter
The Black Stallion
Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue, their adventure continues in America.
2002
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Frightful's Mountain George, Jean Craighead
Frightful's Mountain
A peregrine falcon called Frightful is growing through the first years of her life in the Catskill Mountains of New York. There she interacts with various humans, including the boy who raised her, a falconer who rescues her, and several unscrupulous poachers, as well as with many animals that are part of the area's ecological balance.
1999
Children's Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Belly Up Gibbs, Stuart
Belly Up
Twelve-year-old Teddy investigates when a popular Texas zoo's star attraction--Henry the hippopotamus--is murdered.
2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Horse Road Harrison, Troon.
The Horse Road
In ancient central Asia, thirteen-year-old Kallisto, a superb equestrian, and her friend must warn their families and protect the Ferghana horses from invading Chinese armies.
2012
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: King of the Wind Henry, Marguerite
King of the Wind
This is the story of Sham, a Moroccan horse, from his days as a carter's horse in France, to thoroughbred champion as the Godolphin Arabian at Newmarket, England, and the mute boy who cared for him.
1948
Children's Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Dream of Night Henson, Heather
Dream of Night
Told from their different points of view, twelve-year-old Shiloh, a troubled foster child, Dream of Night, an abused former racehorse, and Jess, a woman who cares for both, find healing by helping one another through their pain.
2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Sable Hesse, Karen
Sable
Tate Marshall is delighted when a stray dog turns up in the yard one day, but Sable, named for her dark, silky fur, causes trouble with the neighbors and has to go.
2010
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Hoot Hiaasen, Carl
Hoot
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
2002
Teen Fiction Book
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  Cover Art: Samphire Song Hucklesby, Jill
Samphire Song
Fourteen-year-old Jodie, a geeky loner dealing with family problems, forges a bond with her new horse, Samphire, but must find and rescue him when he goes missing.
2013
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: One Dog and his Boy Ibbotson, Eva.
One Dog and his Boy
When lonely, ten-year-old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and new friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal's grandparents live.
2012
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Champ Jones, Marcia Thornton
Champ
Together Riley and Champ make a great team. But they stand to lose more at the Founders Day dog show than a blue ribbon. Could they be separated forever?
2007
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam Kadohata, Cynthia
Cracker! : The Best Dog in Vietnam
A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.
2007
Children's Fiction Book
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