Kehret, P. (2010). Ghost dog secrets. New York, NY: Penguin Group, Inc.
Genre: Animal Fiction, Ghosts
Reading/Interest Level: Ages 9-12
Similar Titles: Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays
Plot: Rusty is in the sixth grade in a small town. One day while riding in the car with his mom he notices a tied up dog. The dog has no shelter and no food – the owner didn't even take it inside from the cold, wet weather! Rusty is horrified by the treatment of the dog and decides to help. He gets advice from a teacher at school who encourages the children to try to help solve a problem by getting personally involved instead of waiting until somebody does something. As Rusty learns about animal abuse, he befriends the dog… as well as a ghost dog intent on helping him. Will Rusty be able to save the dog? Or will he get into trouble for taking things into his own hands?
Personal Thoughts: I love all of what Peg Kehret has written. She lives in Washington State… and I wouldn't be surprised if I've driven by her place when exploring Mt. Rainier. I think she manages to write very informative animal stories that make kids think about how animals should be treated. This is a story of a boy and his dog that shows how deep a bond can go.