New Dog Story by Eva Ibbotson
There is nothing more special than the bond between a boy and his dog. I got my dog when he was only a puppy. I took him on walks every day, fed him twice a day, and even taught him some cool tricks. My dog wasn't only my pet, but my best friend. It's this special bond between a boy and his four-legged friend that is wonderfully captured in Eva Ibbotson's novel One Dog and His Boy.
All Hal ever wanted was a dog. Hal, the central character of Ibbotson's book, lives in London with his mother and father when his dad isn't away on business trips. After switching schools and struggling to make friends, Hal wishes for a canine companion for his birthday. But when his birthday comes and goes with no new pet, Hal's father comes to him with surprising news: Hal can have a dog.
The next day, Hal is at a pet shop where he meets Fleck, a mixed breed who has an instant connection with his new owner. But what Hal doesn’t know is that his father only plans to rent Fleck for a weekend, not adopt him. After Hal and Fleck forge a friendship over a weekend of walks and playtime, the boy learns that Fleck must be returned to the pet shop.
But this time, Hal won’t take no for an answer, and schemes to rescue Fleck and run away to his grandparents' house. Follow Hal and Fleck on this captivating journey as they fight to stay together. If you love books about friendship, adventure, or you just really love dogs, One Dog and His Boy is the book for you.