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I'm looking for recommendations of middle grade novels that feature a main character raising a baby animal and forming a strong bond. Any ideas?
#1 - July 17, 2011, 02:19 PM
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FIRST LIGHT by Rebecca Stead. It's a subplot. There are puppies born near the beginning, and one of them becomes significant. I just read it recently, or I might not have remembered. (But I recommend the book anyway!) I'll come back and post again if I think of any others.
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Rascal by Sterling North
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I'm sure you've already thought of Fern and Wilbur in Charlotte's Web but I had to say it anyway.
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I've been following this with interest, because when I first read your post, I thought, "YES!  So many great books!"  Then I drew a blank.  Gah.  But maybe, Sam & Louis in Trumpet of the Swan?  Grrr...I'm frustrated because while my mind tells me that there are many titles, I can't remember them.   :taz: (Grr)
#5 - July 17, 2011, 04:33 PM

There's a series of books . . . daughter has one called "Lamb in the Laundry." I just looked it up--it's called Animal Ark.  Maybe those fit the bill?
#6 - July 17, 2011, 06:06 PM

Dog Sled Dreams by bb'er Terry Lynn Johnson is about raising sled dogs.

#7 - July 17, 2011, 07:20 PM
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Thanks for all these great responses! I'd forgotten about Rascal. I loved that as a kid. Keep 'em coming, please!
#8 - July 17, 2011, 07:58 PM
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One of my favorite MG books was My Side of the Mountain. Sam has a hawk that he catches and tames named Frightful.
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#9 - July 17, 2011, 08:12 PM

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A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines (1968).
#10 - July 17, 2011, 11:36 PM
I've Got Eyes! - Amicus Ink

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Wow, I love that title, Julie. I've never heard of that one.
#11 - July 18, 2011, 06:04 AM
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Does THE WATER HORSE count? It's a Loch Ness monster, but it's still a baby.



(Edited to complete the post after premature posting.)
#12 - July 18, 2011, 06:35 AM
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Absolutely! Fictitious animals count.
#13 - July 18, 2011, 09:23 AM
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I'll add Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville and A Dog's Life by Ann Martin.
This is a favorite subject in our home.
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I’ve never read it, but I think THE YEARLING by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings has that kind of a storyline.
#15 - July 18, 2011, 09:58 AM
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They're classics, but SOCKS by Beverly Cleary and THE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS by Dodie Smith. The caveat being... the (human) MCs in both books are adults. HOWEVER! I first read them in second grade, and was instantly hooked.
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Wordwrestler - the book was later made into a film, simply called Kes. It's a real tear jerker.
#17 - July 18, 2011, 03:34 PM
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I read Socks in second grade and loved it. I'd completely forgotten about it, and so many of these! Thanks, guys.

I just remembered a title, Nobody's Dog. It was the saddest animal story I've ever read. I remember crying and crying as I stayed up all night reading. I think only the first part was about the puppy being cared for by a child. I have no idea if I'd still find it good today. I've never heard of it since.
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HALF BROTHER by Kenneth Oppel--about a chimp. It's won many awards up here in Canada.
#19 - July 18, 2011, 04:42 PM
WITCHLANDERS
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Absolutely! Fictitious animals count.

Fictitious? Is that what you think? Lochie weeps today. . . .
#20 - July 19, 2011, 05:26 AM

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Good point, Susan!
#21 - July 19, 2011, 08:39 AM
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How about Possum Summer by our very own jaekaebee?  It's her debut novel, and it just came out earlier this summer.  I haven't had a chance to read it yet but I think it fits your definition.
#22 - July 19, 2011, 10:19 AM

Fictitious? Is that what you think? Lochie weeps today. . . .

Sorry! I thought it was "Nessie," though?
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I'm thinking Bill Wallace has some books that would fit, and Anna Myers's RED DIRT JESSE might work, but the dog isn't a baby.
#24 - July 19, 2011, 08:10 PM

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