Sarah's Stars

Ingrid Lee. Dog Lost
Chicken House  $18.99  ISBN 978-0-545-08578-6  197 pg.
Reviewed by Joe, Age 13

Finally she said, "Look, kid, that dog's gone. You've got to accept it."

Mackenzie loves Cash, his pit bull puppy. Everyday after school they go for a walk to the park. One night Mac's dad comes home drunk, and when Cash bumps into him he drops the pizza box that he brought home. So Mac's dad takes Cash and leaves her in a field. Now Cash is missing, and adding to Mac's worry is the ban on pit bulls, a ban that people are pushing hard to pass.
 
Dog Lost is a sad kind of story that makes you hope that everything in the story will turn out ok. Dog Lost is based on a true story, which talks about things that happen in real life, like dog fighting and dog bans.

Dog Lost was not hard to read because I really wanted to see what would happen to Cash. I liked how in the beginning Cash is brought home as a puppy. The story progresses well because the events come at a good pace. The characters were introduced at the right times and there wasn't too many. I could see the story unfold in my mind, and I liked how you get Cash's point of view as well. I recommend Dog Lost to kids 11 and up because younger readers may not understand the real-life dog issues, plus it may be a bit too sad for them.

Dog Lost earns 4 stars.

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