This British author has created another hit. This book is multi-layered and very interesting. It is a science fiction/fantasy type story but weaves in a lot of psychological elements and mystery. But, at the heart of it, it is a story about an orphan girl and her dog. Only the dog is actually a demi God-like star being who has been squished into a dog's body. He has to solve a mystery before his time on earth is up or he will fade into oblivion.
I have warned you. So here are my concerns: there are two characters that are very cruel to animals. At the beginning of the book a very cruel person tries to drown a bag of puppies in a river. We learn later much later that all puppies escape. Also, the adoptive mother figure in the story is emotionally and sometimes physically abusive. It's a strange thing to wave into a sci-fi story but it does work. I would not change a thing about this book, but I just wanted to warn any parents out there about the content. I would recommend this book to much older children because of this.
- Publisher: Greenwillow; Reissue edition (1 September 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688081916
- ISBN-13: 978-0688081911
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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