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For Younger Readers

Little Horse Little Horse
Byars, Betsy Cromer.
Little Horse falls into the stream and is swept away into a dangerous adventure and a new life.

Albertina, the animals, and me Albertina, the animals, and me
Fowler, Susi Gregg.
When Molly and her best friend Albertina devise a scheme to get a pet, everyone ends up surprised.

Sable Sable
Hesse, Karen.
Tate Marshall is delighted when a stray dog turns up in the yard one day, but Sable, named for her dark, silky fur, causes trouble with the neighbors and has to go.

Pioneer cat Pioneer cat
Hooks, William H.
When a young pioneer girl smuggles a cat aboard the wagon train taking her family from Missouri to Oregon, it turns out to be the best thing she could have done.

For Older Readers

Seaglass summer Seaglass summer
Banerjee, Anjali.
While spending a month on an island off the coast of Washington helping in her Uncle Sanjay's veterinary clinic, eleven-year-old Poppy Ray soon questions her decision to follow in her uncle's footsteps.

Saving Zasha Saving Zasha
Barrow, Randi G.
In 1945 Russia, those who own German shepherds are considered traitors, but thirteen-year-old Mikhail and his family are determined to keep the dog a dying man brought them, while his classmate Katia strives to learn his secret.

The fast and the furriest The fast and the furriest
Behrens, Andy.
The overweight and unathletic son of a famous former football star discovers that his equally fat and lazy dog is unexpectedly--and obsessively--interested in competing in dog agility contests.

Henry and Ribsy Henry and Ribsy
Cleary, Beverly.
Henry Huggins makes a deal with his father--if Henry can keep his dog Ribsy out of trouble for a month, he can go fishing with his father. Ribsy does his best to make Henry lose the deal.

Stone Fox Stone Fox
Gardiner, John Reynolds.
Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.

There's an owl in the shower There's an owl in the shower
George, Jean Craighead, 1919-
Because protecting spotted owls has cost Borden's father his job as a logger in the old growth forest of northern California, Borden intends to kill any spotted owl he sees, until he and his father find themselves taking care of a young owlet.

Julie of the wolves Julie of the wolves
George, Jean Craighead, 1919-
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

Wild girl Wild girl
Giff, Patricia Reilly.
When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.

Old Yeller Old Yeller
Gipson, Fred, 1908-1973.
Set in the rough wilderness of early frontier Texas, "Old Yeller" is a timeless coming-of-age tale. Travis is left to care for the farm when his father leaves on a cattle drive. He copes with many hardships with the help of his big, yellow dog, Old Yeller.

Protecting Marie Protecting Marie
Henkes, Kevin.
Relates twelve-year-old Fanny's love-hate relationship with her father, a temperamental artist, who has given Fanny a new dog.

Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Henry, Marguerite, 1902-

Hoot Hoot
Hiaasen, Carl.
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Jackie's Wild Seattle Jackie's Wild Seattle
Hobbs, Will.
Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her little brother, Cody, spend the summer with their uncle, helping at a wildlife rescue center named Jackie's Wild Seattle.

Small as an elephant Small as an elephant
Jacobson, Jennifer, 1958-
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.

Wild wings Wild wings
Lewis, Gill.
Callum becomes friends with Iona, a practically feral classmate who has discovered an osprey, thought to be gone from Scotland, on Callum's family farm, and they eventually share the secret with others, including Jeneba who encounters the same bird at her home in Gambia.

A dog's life : the autobiography of a stray A dog's life : the autobiography of a stray
Martin, Ann M., 1955-
Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.

Julia Gillian (and the dream of the dog) Julia Gillian (and the dream of the dog)
McGhee, Alison, 1960-
While trying to cope with more school work, including an assignment in her least favorite subject, reading, a sixth-grade girl faces her toughest challenge as her beloved dog--and lifelong companion--nears the end of his life.

Gentle Ben Gentle Ben
Morey, Walt.
Traces the friendship between a boy and a bear in the rugged Alaskan Territory.

War horse War horse
Morpurgo, Michael.
Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.

Owls in the family Owls in the family
Mowat, Farley.
Two owls, Wol and Weeps, who are found as babies turn the household upside down, outwit the family dog and terrorize the neighborhood.

Dear hound Dear hound
Murphy, Jill.
When Alfie, a timid deerhound puppy, gets lost in the woods, he will do almost anything--including befriending a pair of foxes--to find his way home to his beloved boy, Charlie, who refuses to believe Alfie is gone for good.

Shiloh Shiloh
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

The leanin' dog The leanin' dog
Nuzum, K. A.
In wintry Colorado during the 1930s, eleven-year-old Dessa Dean mourns the death of her beloved mother, but the arrival of an injured dog and the friendship they form is just what they need to change their lives forever.

Where the red fern grows : the story of two dogs and a boy Where the red fern grows : the story of two dogs and a boy
Rawls, Wilson.
The story of a young boy's love for two hunting dogs and his coming of age in Oklahoma in the 1930's.

Star in the forest Star in the forest
Resau, Laura.
After eleven-year-old Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, she takes refuge in her trailer park's forest of rusted car parts, where she befriends a spunky neighbor and finds a stray dog that she nurses back to health and believes she must keep safe so that her father will return.

Paint the wind Paint the wind
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.
After her overprotective grandmother has a stroke, Maya, an orphan, leaves her extremely restricted life in California to stay with her mother's family on a remote Wyoming ranch, where she discovers a love of horses and encounters a wild mare that her mother once rode.

The green dog : a mostly true story The green dog : a mostly true story
Staples, Suzanne Fisher.
During the summer before fifth grade, Suzanne, a daydreaming loner who likes to fish and walk through the woods, acquires a canine companion. Based on the author's childhood in northeastern Pennsylvania.

A dog called Kitty A dog called Kitty
Wallace, Bill, 1947-
Afraid of dogs since he was attacked by a mad one, Ricky resists taking in a homeless pup that shows up at the farm.

Little Joe Little Joe
Wallace, Sandra Neil.
Nine-year-old Eli raises his first bull calf and looks forward to showing it at the county fair.

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