A Dog Called Homeless
Pub 09-2012, Katherine Tegen Books, $16.99
A Dog Called Homeless is about a girl named Cally who starts seeing her dead mother at the graveyard a year after she died (also her dad’s birthday), but nobody believes her. Soon after, she starts seeing her mom wherever she goes, and a large grey dog that appears whenever her mom is there. I think A Dog Called Homeless is a very profound book because it really does show that you can connect with somebody without speaking. This book is very similar to The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford because the two authors come up with unique plots that take place in the country.
At Cally’s school they start doing sponsored silence. Nobody thinks that she can be quiet but clearly they’re wrong because Cally takes it a little too far and doesn’t speak for a whole month. Soon after, Cally finds out that her and her dad and brother are going to move. She takes it as a misfortune (but of course she dosen’t say it), but then she meets Sam and his mom, Mrs. Cooper.
Sam is blind and deaf, and it makes Cally feel more reassured because she stopped talking, but she can’t talk to him anyway because he is deaf. They find a way to communicate and become good friends. The grey dog seems to appear more often and her bond with the dog becomes strong. Cally decides to name the dog Homeless because he was right across the street from a man that had a sign up that said “ homeless”. But her dad does not want to keep the dog so Cally has to see him secretly.
I think this book was very profound and unique. I think that the moral of this book is that you can communicate in strange and different ways but still be able to connect to the past. I think that it also shows that if you‘ve lost somebody that meant a lot to you, you can always find a link to them. I think the author combined all of these troubled characters into one great book.
I think that, overall, this was a great book, and I think it really shows that there are links to almost everything, and in this case the link was a dog. Unlike other books, all of the characters who appear in this book are troubled in their own way. An overall 10/10.
-Diana R., 9