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Children's Fiction Dogs


by (author) Marie Etchell

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Dogs, Pets
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

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Twelve-year-old Charlie's life is in tatters: his parents are splitting, he's quit soccer, he hasn't had a growth spurt like all his friends, and he wants a dog more than anything. When he volunteers at the vet's, he meets Buster, the Chocolate Labrador Retriever with magical powers who flies Charlie through a series of adventures in which he rescues others, and eventually, himself.

About the author

Marie Etchell has spent most of her life sharing her living space with Chocolate Labrador Retrievers, and is constantly inspired by their playfulness and loyalty and character. This is her debut novel. She lives in Victoria, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

"Animal lovers, readers who enjoy stories blending realism with fantastical touches, and young people struggling with parental conflict will enjoy this accessible novel… A gentle, slightly fantastical story about hurting and healing."
Kirkus Reviews"

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