Animal Realistic Fiction

 

 

 

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Pennypacker, Sara.  Pax

After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

2016

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Banks, Kate.   Boy’s Best Friend

Lester has just moved to Cape Cod and is starting in a new school, and George is missing his best friend who has moved away, but the two develop a friendship and learn about scientific experimentation when they start working on a school science project, testing psychic ability in dogs, based on an experiment developed by Dr. Rupert Sheldrake.

2015

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Roth, Judith L.   Serendipity and Me

"Sara and her father start to heal from her mother's death when a white kitten lands on their doorstep"--Provided by publisher.

2013

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Carlson-Voiles, Polly.   Summer of the Wolves

In the wilderness lake country of northern Minnesota, an orphaned twelve-year-old girl and a wolf pup share a rare bond.

 

2012

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London, C. Alexander.   Semper Fido

When Gus Dempsey joins the US Marine Corps, he knows without a doubt that he will make a great dog handler. He's always been good with dogs. In fact, he's often better with dogs than he is with people. But Loki is not the dog that Gus was expecting. Fun-loving and playful, Loki acts more like a pet than the well-trained, bomb-sniffing Marine that he's supposed to be. When Gus and Loki deploy to Afghanistan, though, they have no choice but to learn to work together. Because in war, getting along is a matter of life and death. (Dog Tags: Book 1)

2012

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Schrefer, Eliot.   Endangered

Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.

2012

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Cameron, Bruce.   Emory’s Gift
In 1974, when thirteen-year-old Charlie Hall's mother dies and his father retreats into silent grief, Charlie finds himself drifting, nearly friendless, through a northern Idaho junior high school but when a grizzly bear saves his life, Charlie forms an unusual friendship that changes his life.

2011

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Christopher, Lucy.   Flyaway

While her father is in the hospital, thirteen-year-old Isla befriends Harry, the first boy to understand her love of the outdoors, and as Harry's health fails, Isla tries to help both him and the lone swan they see, struggling to fly, on the lake outside Harry's window.

2011

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DeFelice, Cynthia.   Wild Life

When twelve-year-old Eric's parents are deployed to Iraq, he goes to live with grandparents he hardly knows in a small town in North Dakota, but his grandfather's hostility and the threat of losing the dog he has rescued are too much and Eric runs away.

2011

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Tak, Bibi Dumon.   Soldier Bear

An orphaned Syrian brown bear cub is adopted by Polish soldiers during World War II and serves for five years as their mischievous mascot in Iran and Italy. Based on a true story.

2011

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Bauer, Michael Gerard.   Just A Dog

Corey recounts the adventures and misadventures of his Dalmatian, Mister Mosely.

2010

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Cameron, Bruce.   A Dog’s Purpose
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives.

2010

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Corriveau, Art.   How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get 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.

2010

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Kadohata, Cynthia.   A Million Shades of Gray

In 1975 after American troops pull out of Vietnam, a thirteen-year-old boy and his beloved elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village.

2010

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Morpurgo, Michael.   An Elephant in the Garden

Lizzie and Karl's mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don't run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have an elephant in tow, and keep themselves safe? Along the way, they meet Peter, a Canadian navigator who risks his own capture to save the family.

2010

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Resau, Laura.   Star in the Forest

After eleven-year-old Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, she takes refuge in her trailer park's forest of rusted car parts, where she befriends a spunky neighbor and finds a stray dog that she nurses back to health and believes she must keep safe so that her father will return.

2010

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Selfors, Suzanne.   Smells Like Dog

When farm boy Homer Pudding's explorer-uncle dies and leaves him a droopy dog with a mysterious coin hidden on its collar, it leads him to The City, where they meet Madame La Directeur, the conniving head of the Natural History Museum, who is trying to steal the coin and take Homer's place in a secret society of adventurers.

2010

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Smiley, Jane.   A Good Horse

On her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, eighth-grader Abby Lovitt faces the possibility of giving up her beloved colt, Jack, when it comes to light that his dam might have been stolen.

2010

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Kennedy, Marlane.   The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes

Eleven-year-old Charlotte is not a dog person but does not like that the rest of her family neglects their Saint Bernard puppy, and so with a lot of determination and a little sneakiness, she works on finding a good home for the gentle giant.

2009

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Martin, Ann M.   Everything for a Dog

In parallel stories, Bone, an orphaned dog, finds and loses a series of homes, Molly, a family pet, helps Charlie through the grief and other after-effects of his brother's death, and lonely Henry pleads for a dog of his own.

2009

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Wedekind, Annie.   Wild Blue: the story of a mustang Appaloosa

After being captured by men, Blue the Appaloosa grabs a chance at freedom and tries to find her way home.

2009

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Hammond, Diane.   Hannah’s Dream

“Irresistibly touching, delectably uplifting, Hammond’s understated yet gargantuan tale of devotion and commitment poignantly proves that love does indeed come in all shapes and sizes.”…Booklist

2008

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Nuzum, K.A.   The Leanin’ Dog

In wintry Colorado during the 1930s, eleven-year-old Dessa Dean mourns the death of her beloved mother, but the arrival of an injured dog and the friendship they form is just what they need to change their lives forever.

2008

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Kadohata, Cynthia.   Cracker!: the best dog in Vietnam

A young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.

2007

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Tolan, Stephanie.   Listen

During her solitary convalescence from a crippling accident, twelve-year-old Charley finds a wild dog, and the arduous process of training him leads her to explore her feelings about her mother's death two years earlier.

2006

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Collard, Sneed.   Dog Sense

After he and his mother move from California to Montana to live with his grandfather, thirteen-year-old Guy gradually adjusts to the unfamiliar surroundings, makes a friend, and learns to deal with a bully, with the help of his Frisbee-catching dog, Streak.

2005

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Martin, Ann M.   A Dog’s Life: the autobiography of a stray

Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.

2005

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Bauer Mueller, Pamela.   Hello, Goodbye, I Love You

This is the story of seventh-grader Diego, who raises a puppy to become a guide dog for the blind, and of Miss Kimberly Louise, a woman who loses her sight as the result of an automobile accident.

2003

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Koja, Kathe.   Straydog

Rachel, a teenager with a healthy dose of both aptitude and attitude, begins to feel at home volunteering at an animal shelter.

2002

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Byars, Betsy.   My Dog, My Hero

A panel of three judges has to decide which dog out of eight finalists deserves to win the title of My Hero.

2000

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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. Newbery Honor Book 2001.

2000

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Talbert, Marc.   The Trap

Ellie's attempt to avenge her cat Bob, who has been killed and eaten by a marauding coyote, backfires when the trap she sets injures a neighborhood dog, thus heightening her awareness of life, death, and nature's way.

1999

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Wilbur, Frances.   The Dog with Golden Eyes

Lonely thirteen-year-old Cassie commences her journey into adulthood when she unwittingly befriends an arctic wolf lost in her town and decides to care for him until she can find his real owners.

1998

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George, Jean Craighead.   Vulpes: the red fox

Follows the life of a red fox from his birth in a Maryland den through his growth to maturity to his eventual encounter with a determined hunter.

1996

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Hall, Elizabeth.   Child of the Wolves

Rather than be sold, Granite, a husky puppy, runs away into the Alaskan wilderness and is taken in by a wolf that has lost her pups.

1996

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George, Jean Craighead.   There’s an Owl in the Shower

Because protecting spotted owls has cost Borden's father his job as a logger in the old growth forest of northern California, Borden intends to kill any spotted owl he sees, until he and his father find themselves taking care of a young owlet.

1995

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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

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Henry, Marguerite.   King of the Wind

Follows the adventures of the Arabian stallion brought to England to become one of the founding sires of the Thoroughbred breed and the mute Arab stable boy who tended him with loyalty and devotion all his life. Newbery Medal Winner 1949

1991

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Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.   Shiloh

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

1991

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Rylant, Cynthia.   Every Living Thing

Twelve stories in which animals change people's lives for the better. (Short Stories collection)

1985

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Morpurgo, Michael.   War Horse

Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.

1982

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Rawls, Wilson.   Summer of the Monkeys

In the late 1800's, a 14-year-old Ozark mountain boy spends the summer trying to recapture monkeys escaped from a traveling circus.

1976

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George, Jean Craighead.   Julie of the Wolves

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack. Newbery Medal Winner 1973

1972

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Eckert, Alan.   Incident at Hawk’s Hill

A shy, lonely six-year-old wanders into the Canadian prairie and spends a summer under the protection of a badger. Newbery Medal Honor Book 1972

1971

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Farley, Walter.   Black Stallion

“Pulled to a desert island by a wild black stallion he has freed during a shipwreck at sea, seventeen-year-old Alec Ramsay befriends the horse, trains him by night, and rides him to victory in a match race.”…Baker & Taylor

1968

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Morey, Walt.   Gentle Ben

Traces the friendship between a boy and a bear in the rugged Alaskan Territory.

1965

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London, Jack.   The Call of the Wild

The adventures of an unusual dog, part St.Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

1963

Never Cry Wolf

Mowat, Farley.   Never Cry Wolf

Never Cry Wolf is one of the brilliant narratives on the myth and magic of wild wolves and man's true place among the creatures of nature.

1963

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Burnford, Sheila.   The Incredible Journey

Two dogs and a cat must work together through hardships, hunger, and danger as they travel two hundred fifty miles to reach home.

1961

Owls In The Family

Mowat, Farley.   Owls in the Family

In Farley Mowat’s exciting children’s story, a young boy’s pet menagerie – which includes crows, magpies, gophers and a dog – grows out of control with the addition of two cantankerous pet owls. The story of how Wol and Weeps turn the whole town upside down is warm, funny, and bursting with adventure and suspense.

1961

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Rawls, Wilson.   Where the Red Fern Grows

A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.

1961

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Gipson, Fred.   Old Yeller

“In the rugged landscape of early frontier Texas, fourteen-year-old Travis is faced with taking over his family's farm and making a painful, important decision.”…Baker & Taylor

1956

Misty de Chincoteague (Misty of Chincoteague)

Henry, Marguerite.   Misty of Chincoteague

Two youngsters' determination to own a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction. Newbery Medal Honor Book 1948

1947

Big Red

Kjelgaard, Jim.   Big Red: the story of a champion Irish setter

A story about an orphaned French Canadian boy and his red setter, Big Red.

1945

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Sewell, Anna.   Black Beauty

A horse in 19th-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.

 

1877