Brave (American Dog)
April 07, 2020
Brave is a dog without a home. After surviving a hurricane in San Antonio, Texas, stray dog Brave is hungry and afraid. When twelve-year-old Dylan finds Brave, he’s feeling lost himself. Dylan can’t help but think they were brought together for a reason. But Dylan knows it’ll take hard work and training in order to convince his parents that he can keep this skittish pup. As Dylan and Brave’s friendship grows, they learn to rescue each other in more ways than one. Can Dylan give Brave a forever home?
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This was just about perfect for a middle grade novel. Kids doing things, realistic problems, lots of action. I also enjoyed the friend drama, which we don't see nearly often enough with boys. The covers alone will sell these books, but the stories are brilliantly constructed and a joy to read. The information about particular breeds of dogs is fascinating as well.
If you read dog books twenty or thirty years ago and remember that all the dogs in books usually die, never fear! There's definitely been a reversal of trend on this one, and rest assured that Brave survives!
Shotz does the best books about dogs that have adventures, like Hero, Max, and Scout: Firefighter, so I can't wait for the next two books in the American Dog Series, Star and Chestnut, which come out October 6th 2020.
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