A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin


Author: Ann M. Martin

Publisher: Scholastic

Pages: 182

Published date: 2005

Genre: Autobiography

Rating: 4

Synopsis: From Amazon

 Squirrel and her brother Bone are pups living in a country estates garden shed. When their mother fails to return one day, Squirrel follows her brother to look for a new home. Mother had taught them basic survival skills–to hunt for food and beware of humans. On the road, they learn another life lesson–to be wary of highways with cars. Squirrel and Bone become separated, so Squirrel moves on alone. She befriends Moon, another stray. The two dogs watch out for each other, changing homes with the changing seasons. A fatal car accident separates the two. Squirrel again sets out again on her own, employing survival skills until she meets a woman named Susan and finds a stable home.

Review: This is my first read of one of Ann Martin’s books. I love the way it starts off with a problem and makes you read on about how it’s solved. There are a lot of things I like and dislike in this book, but it’s still an enjoyable read.

Squirrel moves on her own because she’s separated from her family. She struggles on her own, staying away from humans and other dangers. Until one day, she meets this other stray dog named Moon. Squirrel gets along with Moon, but then gets separated from her and is found by a woman named Susan.

The things i didn’t like about this book are how these harmless dogs struggle living in a world filled with dangers. They try their hardest to stay alive until some tragedies and separations start to happen. It’s a back-and-forth book; first they’re together than separated, then are struggling with other strays.

My favorite things about this book are how bravery steps in and helps these stray dogs. It helps by getting them through struggles and dangers. s

 In a sentence…

Stray dogs struggle through the dangers and tragedies in a human’s world.


Posted by: Gabby

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