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Teen Reviewed: A Dog’s Journey​

dogsjourneyTitle: A Dog’s Journey
Author: ​W. Bruce Cameron

Summary: This book, A Dog’s Journey, is the sequel to the book A Dog’s Purpose. In this book, Buddy figures out that he is a good dog. He took care of his owners, no matter how long or short he was with them. He thinks he figured out his purpose in life (or lives,) to take care of Ethan, right? But as he watches Ethan’s granddaughter Clarity, he knows that baby Clarity needs a dog of her own. When he is reborn, Buddy is over-joyed to see Clarity, now a teenager. As Clarity, or CJ as she prefers to be called, navigates life, Buddy is there to support her. As the inside flap of the book cover says, “Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? A Dog’s Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.”

If the characters were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To… Buddy: Be Most Loyal.

–Liz, Lake City Teen Blogger

Dogs, Seattle… what’s not to love?

Art of Racing in the RainTitle: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Author: Garth Stein

Summary: Enzo is a golden retriever belonging to Denny Swift, a race car driver and employee at a high-end car dealership in Seattle. Enzo is a very observant dog and he understands more than people think he does. After learning about reincarnation, Enzo aspires to become a human in his next life. The novel follows Enzo as he accompanies Denny in the various situations life brings. Enzo learns what he can from these experiences and shares his wisdom with us, the reader.

Six Word Review: Dogs, Seattle… what’s not to love?

I started reading because: I love dogs and I think it’s kind of cool when stories are told from a dog’s point of view. Very different perspective to explore.

I would give this book 7/10 stars because while it was an interesting story because it questioned what it really means to be human, I had to power through some slow parts to get to the good stuff.

I loved that one of the characters attends Holy Names Academy (my high school) and that the story was set in Seattle. I hated that the character that went to Holy Names was one of my least favorite characters because of her poor choices and immoral actions.

If Enzo was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Be The First Dog To Attend High School

Anything else we should know? The book was inspired by a Mongolian documentary titled State of Dogs as well as the poem The Revenant by Billy Collins which is told from the perspective of a dog.

–Regina, 17, West Seattle


What’s going on @ your library?!?!

need to knowTomorrow, Sunday, June 29, from 4 – 5 pm, Douglass-Truth is offering their (practically) daily Need to Know.

“What do you need to know about working, going to college, or other responsibilities? Learn something new every week when you stop by the teen area for answers, advice and activities. For ages 11 and up.”  These sessions are every Sunday through Tuesday til the end of August.  You don’t have to register, just stop by, say hi to Shannon and Lesley and get the answers you need to know!

Then on Monday, June 30, you once again have three DucttapewalletbyCocteauBoyprogramming options:

  • From 1 – 3 pm, Northgate is hosting Duct Tape Mania.  Find out what you can make with a roll of duct tape! Create roses, picture frames, wallets and more — discover new uses for this sticky product. Materials provided.  Drop-in, no registration needed!flappy bird
  • From 3 – 5 pmHigh Point invites you to Game On! + Hour of Code!  Get some gaming in on the Wii or Kinect, play board games, eat snacks and try your hand at Hour of Code’s drag and drop programming. For ages 10+.  Drop-in, no registration needed!
  • Then it’s back to Northgate from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for Bow Wows and Books.BWB  Practice reading with a new friend who is warm, friendly and a perfect listener! Certified therapy dogs and their handlers will join young readers to read one-on-one in a relaxing environment.

Check back often as we’ll be sharing as many of our programs as we can.  You can also find all of our Summer Programming by going to the Calendar of Events and limiting the audience to “Teens.”

We’d love to hear back from you if you attend a program.  You can take pictures, make visual art, write us a reaction post, or just share general thoughts.  Touch-base with your local librarian, or e-mail them to us and we’ll share them here or at our new Tumblr!

Here’s to a great summer, Seattle!  😀

Teen Reviewed: The Dogs of Christmas

Dogs of ChristmasToday marks exactly six months until Christmas.  Have you started shopping yet, lol?

The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

Josh Michaels is surprised (and very angry) when his neighbor dumps his pregnant dog Lucy on him.  But Josh can’t leave the dog outside in the cold, and though he never had a dog before, he’s determined to do the best he can for Lucy and her puppies.  Not knowing what to do, Josh calls the local animal shelter and meets Kerri, a beautiful woman with a strong love for animals.  As Josh learns how to care for the puppies from Kerri, he is surprised to find himself falling for her.  But he is falling even harder for his new family, Lucy and the puppies.  Originally, he was planning on having them be adopted through the shelters “Dogs of Christmas” program, but now he’s having second thoughts.  As the adoption dates loom closer, Josh wonders if he can separate his furry family from each other.

The Dogs of Christmas is a really great holiday tale that explores the power of family, love, and a box full of puppies.

I started reading the book because the title had a picture of a dog with a Santa hat.  I like dogs, and it was Christmas time, so I decided to read it.

This book reminded me of Katie Up and Down the Hall because this book is also about a dog that worms her way into somebody’s heart.

Six Word Recap: Josh learns about dogs and love.

Bruce Cameron’s Website.

–Liz , Grade 8, Lake City


Four on a Theme: Man's Best Friend

icon-books It is easy to recall and look back fondly at all those childhood classics containing dogs: Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller, and Sounder just to name a few. There is something that makes readers gravitate towards tales that include that connection between child and dog. However, this connection is not lost in teen literature. The following four books contain characters that rely on their dogs for companionship when all else seems lost.
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Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

I recently finished reading the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I was looking forward to reading it. However, it was nothing like what I expected. The story is about a family of four, Denny, Eve, Zoë, and Enzo (the dog), and the book talks about their life. The story is told from Enzo’s perspective. I was expecting his thoughts to be funny and light, but they were actually quite interesting and thoughtful, yet still humorous at times.

I would recommend this book to anyone, not just dog lovers. It has some great messages, told in a non-traditional way. Garth Stein’s writing is very descriptive and wonderful in my opinion. I hope you will read and enjoy this great story. However, be prepared: it’s a tearjerker.

By Maddie, Teen Advisor
Northeast Branch