I wish we had bought it. It's that good.
S1 read it quickly. Not because it's an easy read, because he could not put it down. One night, when my eyes were half opened because I was nearly asleep, he bounded happily into the bedroom and added it to my pile of books to read. "I finished it!" he declared happily, "And you need to read it! It's so good you have to. I'm not going to tell you anymore."
And then he was gone.
I can't recall a book he has read on his own that he has asked me to read.
So, two days when I was stuck at the dentist for over two hours while the three younger boys had cavities filled...I started it.
I had a hard time putting it down.
It's a book about family first and foremost, not just a dog. And it's about a dog, and the love of animals. But mostly, it's about family.
And it's wonderful.
If you need a book for your 5th grade boy, this is the one for you. Ask your library to get it or I found it on Amazon and I hear rumor it's on Scholastic...probably in the stack that was sent home to me and I just tossed because it was the end of the school year and I just didn't need one more paper on my desk. (Did I just admit that out loud?)