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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

R) DOGS AND CATS

BURNFORD, SHEILA
“The Incredible Journey” (1960)
Three animals , a yellow Labrador, a Siamese cat, and an old bull terrier,
mistakenly think they have been left behind by their family in the Canadian wilderness. The terrier’s homing instincts are strong, though, and he leads them out onto a 250-mile trek toward home.

CAVANNA, BETTY
“Puppy Stakes” (1943)
Janey hates having to go live in California with an aunt she doesn’t know, but when she is given a cocker spaniel puppy to raise and train, her life is suddenly full of fun and adventure. Cavanna’s other animal stories are also recommended.

DEJONG, MEINDERT
“Hurry Home, Candy” (1953)
And other fine animal stories.A small dog’s search for a home like the one he remembers from his early days, until he was abandoned, takes him from one possibility to another, and explores man’s world through a dog’s eyes.

FRITZ, JEAN and TOM CLUTE
“Champion Dog Prince Tom” (1958)
A true story told in novel form, a runty cocker spaniel pup shows his surprising intelligence and grows to become a grand champion.

GALLICO, PAUL
“The Silent Miaow” (1964)
Not a novel, this book almost defies description, but if you love cats, you won’t want to miss it. Its a manual for kittens, strays and homeless cats, written by a wise feline, to teach them how to win the hearts and homes of humans. Illustrated with many funny photographs.

GARFIELD, JAMES B.
“Follow My Leader” (1957)
An accident that leads to blindness puts Jimmy into a deep depression until he learns about a program to train dogs to lead the blind. He goes for training, and soon his new dog Leader and he are undergoing the trials of an independent way of life.

KJELGAARD, JIM
“Big Red” (1945)
And many other dog stories, including several sequels. Danny is a poor backwoods boy, but one look at the thoroughbred Irish Setter owned by Mr. Haggin is all it takes for him to fall in love. Haggin comes to realize the bond between boy and dog is stronger than his own, but can he trust Danny to take care of the expensive show dog? Kjelgaard made a career of telling good dog stories in many varied settings.

LIPPINCOTT, JOSEPH WHARTON
“Wilderness Champion” (1944)
In the Canadian wilderness, a red hound dog pup strays from home and is taken in by a wolf pack. He grows up to lead the pack, until he is captured and tamed by Johnny, and becomes a champion tracker for him. A prequel, “Wolf King” focuses on the leader of the wolf pack.

MOWAT, FARLEY
“The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be” (1957)
Like “Rascal”, this is a personal memoir of the author’s childhood that I think deserves inclusion here. Mowat’s unusual upbringing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada revolves around the family’s dog Mutt who was certain he was human, and refused to act like a dog. Along with an eccentric father and other unusual pets, the adventures are hilarious, heartwarming and wonderfully written.

PATCHETT, MARY ELWYN
“Ajax” (1953)
Another memoir that reads like a novel -- in the Australian outback, young Mary finds and raises a wild dog pup that grows to be her greatest friend, joins her in wilderness adventures, and saves her life. Look also for her horse story, “Tam the Untamed” and other animal books.

SLEIGH, BARBARA
“No One Must Know” (1962)
When Molly moves to the row of small urban London houses, she is unhappy to learn from the other children who live there that no pets are allowed. When they find a mother cat and kittens, they conspire to keep them a secret from everyone, which is no easy task.

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RECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN TOPICS

A) Classic Fantasy

B) Epic Fantasy

C) Animal Fantasy

D) Historical and Time Travel Fantasy

E) Other Fantasy

F) Science Fiction

G) Mystery

H) Historical

I) Classic Adventure

J) Vacation/Holiday Adventure

K) Wilderness Adventure

L) Other Adventure

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P) Humor

Q) Classic Animals

R) Dogs and Cats

S) Horses

T) Other Animals and Nature

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