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Animals Galore (Kids)

Love creatures big and small? Try one of these fiction stories featuring animals as main characters.

Truman the dog by Debbi Michiko Florence

"T" is for Truman, tricks, and TROUBLE! Truman the black lab might be an older rescue dog, but he's still got enough mischief beneath his collar to keep eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her animal-fostering family on their toes from morning till night. Chewed through and through, the playfully illustrated, Kaita-narrated chapter book promises plenty of canine fun.

Harvey comes home by Colleen Nelson

Austin, a volunteer at a retirement home, finds a lost dog, Harvey, and, after hearing the residents of the home talk about their early days of hardship and loneliness, Austin feels empathy for Harvey and begins a search for his owner.

Raising Lumie by Joan Bauer

Newly orphaned and living with the half sister she hardly knows, twelve-year-old Olive rediscovers her hope when she starts training a guide dog puppy.

Bella's story : a dog's way home tale by W Cameron

"Even though Bella has to hide from the neighbors and learn boring games like No Barks and Go Home, she loves her boy Lucas. Then one day Bella is picked up by Animal Control and Lucas is forced to send her to a foster home far away. Bella waits and waits for Lucas to come and get her, but days go by and he does not come. Finally Bella realizes what she needs to do--she needs to Go Home to Lucas--and even four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness won't get in her way."--Publisher's website

Ellie and the good-luck pig by Callie Barkley

When the Critter Club takes in a pig named Plum, Ellie starts having good luck, but worries what will happen when the club finds Plum a home

Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo

Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived

The great pet heist by Emily Ecton

When their elderly owner goes to the hospital, Butterbean the dachshund, Walt the cat, Oscar the mynah bird, and rats Marco and Polo plan a robbery to support themselves

Life according to Og the frog by Betty G Birney

"Og the Frog tells the story of how he first came to Room 26, where he meets Humphrey the hamster, befriends the students, and writes poems and songs"--

Frankie Sparks and the class pet by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Frankie Sparks, the self-proclaimed "best inventor in the third grade," does research and creates a tool to try to persuade her classmates that a rat would make the best class pet.

Bat and the waiting game by Elana K Arnold

When austistic boy Bat's sister Janie gets a part in the school play, Bat's life regrettably changes as Janie cannot watch him after school, someone else has to care for his pet skunk, and Janie starts having sleepovers with new friends.

Absolutely Alfie and the furry purry secret by Sally Warner

After seven-year-old Alfie willfully breaks the family no-pet rule by adopting one of her neighbor's kittens, she confides in her older brother EllRay, who convinces her to confess to their parents.

The one and only Bob by Katherine Applegate

In a sequel to "The One and Only Ivan," former stray Bob, helped by friends Ivan and Ruby, searches for his lost sister on a journey that is dangerously complicated by an approaching hurricane.

Floaty by John Himmelman

Blah! Mr. Raisin is a bit of a grump. He lives all alone in a little house, and he likes it that way just fine. One day, a mysterious basket appears on Mr. Raisins doorstep. When he opens it up, it seems theres nothing inside . . . until he notices a floating dog bobbing along his ceiling. What follows is a heartwarming, hilarious tale about embracing the unexpected and finding friendship that takes you to new heights

Two problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck

"Sophia is happy to have Noodle, her One True Desire, yet her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems"--

Alfie : (the turtle that disappeared) by Thyra Heder

Told from the perspective of both the girl, Nia, and her pet turtle, Alfie, and describes what happens when he disappears on the eve of her seventh birthday to find her a special present.

Paolo, Emperor of Rome by Mac Barnett

When Paolo the dachshund finally escapes the hair salon where he lives, he has adventures beyond his wildest dreams amid the beauty and culture of Rome.

Lion needs a haircut by Hyewon Yum

When Lion's father insists he needs a haircut, Lion resists, not because he is afriad, but because he likes looking like his father.

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio

Gilbert has everything a goldfish could want except a pet of his own, but none of the animals who come near his fishbowl seem quite right until Fluffy, with his long tail and whiskers, appears

Plenty of love to go around by Emma Chichester Clark

"Plum revels in being her family's special dog, so she is not thrilled when she suddenly has to compete with Binky the cat"--

Children make terrible pets by Peter Brown

When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train.

A little bit brave by Nicola Kinnear

Logan has always been a stay-at-home bunny, too scared to join his best friend Luna in her adventures; but one day after she has stormed out he works up the courage to follow her--and when he finds that she is in trouble he even has the courage to save her.

This is Gus by Chris Chatterton

"Meet Gus. He is one grumpy dog who doesn't like much of anything, especially making new friends. So what will Gus do when a little puppy comes barking into his life?"
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