Finished: Apr. 2, 2008
First Published: 2000
Genre: children, animal fiction
I love days off from school
Reason for Reading: read aloud to my 7yo
Comments: Thirteen year old Brad has always wanted a pet, especially a dog but living in a Chicago apartment made it out of the question. When his family moves to rural Oklahoma he is hoping more than anything that this birthday he will finally get the present he has always wanted. However, before that day arrives Brad walks into the carnage that coyote hunters have left behind at a nearby dam. He brings the remaining coyote pup home and the summer that is both the best and worst of his life begins. This was a beautiful, touching story with many laugh-out-loud moments. Both the 7yo and I loved it. The writing is very simple, yet full of real emotion. This is a wonderful, wholesome 'boy' book with a bittersweet ending. We've read a few book by Wallace now and will continue to look out for them. Recommended.