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Racing in the Rain: My Life As a Dog
Contributor(s): Stein, Garth
ISBN: 0062015761     ISBN-13: 9780062015761
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2011
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Annotation: A dog decides that when he dies and returns to Earth as a man, he will model his behavior after his beloved owner, a race car driver.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dogs; Fiction.
Human-animal relationships; Fiction.
Automobile racing drivers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010050517
Lexile Measure: 720
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 5.00" W x 0.50" (0.45 lbs) 277 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 144413
Reading Level: 5.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q54866
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 14.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall)
Aging dog Enzo relates the story of how his human--and best friend--Denny became a champion racecar driver while caring for his daughter after the death of her mother. Adapted from the author's adult novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, Enzo's story celebrates the bonds between animals and humans and the power of love without being too maudlin. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 August)

Gr 4–7—An adaptation of Stein's adult novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain (HarperCollins, 2008). Enzo, an elderly dog who is preparing to die, reminisces about his life with a race-car driver. He is an observer and commenter on Denny's struggles to have a successful career and to raise his daughter despite professional and personal setbacks, including the death of his wife and a custody battle with her parents. The canine's take on things is occasionally far more knowing than a dog's or child's could be, and some themes will be difficult for a younger audience to relate to, although they will get the general emotional resonance and enjoy Enzo's optimistic and occasionally humorous view of humans. The most traumatic scene, Enzo's death, is spelled out clearly from the beginning and is handled in a positive and hopeful way as he is certain he will be reincarnated as a human. Kids looking for more adventure would be better served by Cynthia Kadohata's Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam (S & S, 2007), while those looking for stories they're more likely to relate to should try John Grogan's Marley: A Dog Like No Other (HarperCollins, 2007), but Racing in the Rain is a serviceable addition to collections looking for animal fiction.—Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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