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The Long Road
The Last Dogs
Christopher Holt
Illustrated by Allen Douglas

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Novmber 2013/ ISBN 0316200131
Children Fiction--teens grade 3-7

Reviewed by Willie Elliott


Author Christopher Holt and illustrator Allen Young have teamed up to produce a book that reverses the usual idea of a family looking for a pet. Here we have pets looking for a family. The subject matter and the style of writing should appeal to the targeted age (students in grade 3-7). Because of an experiment that has gone badly, Max, Rocky and Gizmo have the ability to understand human words. Using this new-found ability, they look for clues that will lead them to their people.

Middle school students will love the episodic nature of this work. Students who are intrigued by the story may want to go back and read the first two books of the series, but this book can stand alone just fine. I listened to the book via mp3. I don't know if there is a paper version of this book; there is none listed on Amazon. The narrator does a good job of keeping the tension high and keeps the story moving along at a good pace that will hold the attention of the readers (listeners) of this age group.

Students who have pets of their own will fall in love with the cast of this book: Gizmo, Dolph, Max, Belle, Rocky, Grendel, Twelve and George. Those who have no pets will be bugging their parents for one.

Reviewed 2014