Wednesday 14 December 2022

Book ~ "Rascal" (2006) Ellen Miles

From Goodreads ~ Lizzie and Charles Peterson love dogs, especially puppies. So it is perfect that the Petersons are a foster family for young dogs. They will adopt a pet of their own one day but now they are happy to help puppies find just the right home. 

The Petersons' newest foster puppy is Rascal. He is a Jack Russell terrier and his name fits him well. He may be small but he can cause big trouble. Lizzie and Charles are in for a challenge. Will they be able to find someone who will care for this pesky little puppy?

Charles and his older sister, Lizzie, are in elementary school. They have been bugging their parents to get a dog but their mom is a cat person and has said no. She agrees to let them foster dogs so they can see what it's like having the responsibility of having a dog. 

Their mother's co-worker arrives one day with Rascal, a Jack Russell terrier puppy. She has three young children and Rascal is way too hyper for their family. She knows the Petersons foster dogs and is hoping they will be able to find a home for him. Realizing Rascal needs more training than they can provide, Lizzie and Charles take Rascal to puppy training classes. Adding to Lizzie's stress is her friend trying to entice her to go horseback riding but she's afraid of horses.

Though this book is a quick read and directed at elementary-aged children, I found it entertaining. There is a learning experience and a puppy tip at the end. It is written in third person perspective and first person from Rascal's point of view. It is the fourth in the Puppy Place series, which currently has 64 books in the series, and works as a stand alone.

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