Dog Diaries

Surviving Brick Johnson

Escape by Night

Tommy’s small Georgia town is flooded with wounded soldiers and prisoners as the Civil War escalates.  But one strange soldier with a mysterious book changes everything and Tommy must make a difficult decision.

 

"By yielding a child's-eye view of the war's moral dilemma, the story offers an interesting conversational starting point for young readers new to the subject." — Wall Street Journal

“This adventure combines intrigue with soul-searching moments as Tommy weighs his options against the values of his Christian teachings by his father, the Reverend McKnight. The succinct and simply written narrative will appeal to reluctant and younger-grade readers ...”   — School Library Journal

 “… This quick and exciting chapter book isn’t shy about advancing a moral message but does so with a light touch, allowing Tommy to arrive naturally at his convictions.” — Booklist

“Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood inspired this taut novel... Sharp historical fiction, adeptly streamlined for reluctant readers.” 
—  Publishers Weekly 

“A genuine young hero learns the meaning of friendship, loyalty and freedom in this suspenseful Civil War vignette.”   
—  Kirkus


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Cat Diaries

At the annual gathering of the MEOW Society, cats of all kinds convene to share their stories and those of their ancestors.  Listen to Chico, the smallest cat in the world, Coral, a pirate cat, Rama the gypsy cat, and many more.

 

“My cat Venus likes to sit close to the computer when I write.  Sometimes she stares at me real hard.  I think she’s trying to figure me out.  I just smile and stare back.  Sometimes I stick out my tongue.”  ~Laurie


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Dog Diaries

Welcome to the first meeting of the WOOF Society, chaired by an Irish wolfhound named Beauregard.  Come in and listen to the diaries of dogs from around the world and throughout history.

 

“I’ve always wondered what dog’s think, and this book gave me a chance to imagine just that.” ~Laurie

  • Bank Street list of Best Children’s Books 2008
  • Young Hoosier (Indiana) Book Award Nominee 2011

 

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The S.O.S. File

Have you ever needed to call 911, but you didn’t have a phone? Have you never needed to run, but your legs were like spaghetti? Have you ever needed to yell ‘help!’ but your throat was dry with fear? Laugh, cry, and panic with Mr. Magro's class as they listen to 12 exciting SOS tales - But who wrote the last SOS?


  • “…engaging, plausible and highly readable collection of anecdotes.” ~ School Library Journal
  • “…accessible format, lively tellings and diverse characters may also appeal to reluctant readers.” ~ Booklist
  • Junior Library Guild selection 2004
  • Children’s Choice State Award nominations in: Oregon (Winner), Maryland, New Hampshire, Texas, Michigan, West Virginia, Nebraska, Illinois

 


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Lewis and Clark and Me

Meriwether Lewis’ faithful and courageous dog, Seaman, tells this tale of danger and adventure during one of the most extraordinary expeditions of all time! (Based on incidents recorded in the explorer’s original journals.)

While researching this book, I visited Montana to see some of the Lewis and Clark trail. There’s nothing like standing in the very places where the explorers stood and reading their own words. Lewis and Clark were wonderful writers!” ~ Laurie

  • Nominated for Young Reader Awards in: Pennsylvania (winner), Michigan (honor book), Texas, West Virginia, Oregon, Louisiana, Maryland , Arizona, West Virginia, Florida, Nevada
  • International Reading Association Teachers Choice List 2003
  • International Reading Association Parent’s Choice List 2003
  • The Mountain & Plains Booksellers Association 2002 Book Award Nominee
  • Texas Christian Schools Assn-Children’s Crown Award Nominee 2005

 


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My Dog, My Hero

Eight memorable stories bring to life the heroic actions of eight dogs nominated for the My Hero Award. Compelling and at times humorous, each story is told be a person whose life was changed by a dog’s bravery.

"I had lots of fun writing this book because my mother and my sister are so much fun. When we got together we laugh and laugh.” ~Laurie

  • Winner - South Carolina Children’s Book Award 2004
  • Winner - Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award 2003
  • Winner - Cochecho Readers Award (New Hampshire) 2003
  • Winner - Kansas City 3 Reading Award 2003
  • “Drama, humor, excitement and love fuel these short, well-written stories that are certain to be relished by dog lovers.” ~ Booklist
  • “…a sound choice for older reluctant readers as well as for younger children.” ~School Library Journal
  • “…stories with honesty and without excess sentiment…the stories are moving and offer readers much to think about…Newberry Award-winning author Betsy Byars and her two daughters have productively linked their talents.” ~ Riverbank Review


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Surviving Brick Johnson

Alex is sure that Brick Johnson, the notorious bully, is after him, especially after what happened in the cafeteria. Now, Alex's only hope is karate.

"Several years ago my son took karate classes. I spent hours in the observation area watching the students. Finally, I said to myself, 'I need to write a karate book!' So I did." ~Laurie

  • ALA Notable book 2002
  • Children's Choice State Award nominations in: Utah, South Dakota, Maryland, Florida, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, Virginia, Louisiana, Iowa
  • Parent's Guide to Children’s Media Award 2003
  • Indiana Library Federation's 2002 "Read-Aloud Books Not to Miss"


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Earthquake in the Third Grade

The earthquake in John’s ant farm is a sign of things to come.


“When I was in the third grade my teacher didn’t move, I did. That was my ‘earthquake’. I guess earthquakes can turn out all right after all.” ~ Laurie

  • IRA Children’s Choice List 1994
  • Florida Young Reader Award Nominee 1996-1997
  • “Myers' novel is realistic, sensitive to the feeling of your children, and very funny.” ~Horn Book Guide
  • “studded with moments of suspense and humor, this convincing school story will entertain children who are ready to read chapter books.” ~ Booklist


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Guinea Pigs Don’t Talk

Classroom guinea pigs, Squeaky and Bruiser, get in on all the action in this tale about revenge.

“This is my guinea pig, Petunia. She gave me the idea for the book. Do you think she is talking to the dog? The answer is the title of the book.” ~Laurie

  • “Myers handles typical childhood issues with a humorous touch, and her characters are believably drawn. This chapter book … will appeal to readers looking for funny books or stories involving animals.” ~ Booklist
  • “A short, enjoyable book about friendship and school problems.” ~ School Library Journal


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Garage Sale Fever

Will’s bedroom is a disaster. His plan - a garage sale. But in solving one problem, he creates an even bigger one.

“Leo C. Dog is based on our dog, Willy. Willy chewed everything: shoes, jackets, toys, rubber rafts, and all the cords off my husband’s power tools (one was even plugged in!).” ~ Laurie

 

  • "This is a breezy chapter book with instant appeal.  From beginning to end, the story is stuffed with tension, humor, and a striking cleverness." ~ Booklist
  • "Readers are sure to be entertained by the believable characters and the fast-moving, action-packed plot." ~ School Library Journal

 


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