Middle School to Young Adult Books

Theme: Pets

A Day No Pigs Would Die - (ISBN: 978-0844669908)

by Robert Newton Peck

A farmer's son receives a piglet as an apology from a neighbor whose cow mauled the boy. Although his father is a no-nonsense religious man who raises animals only for food or money, the boy soon develops a different kind of relationship with his new pig. As the pet grows, the boy matures. His emerging values are a departure from the life he has been raised into. Will his father come to understand why the boy wants to keep the pig?

Because of Winn Dixie - (ISBN: 0763616052)

by Kate DiCamillo

Through her newly found mutt, Winn Dixie, Opal learns about making friends at a lonely time in her life. See what her dog teaches Opal about her absent mother, her new job sweeping up at a pet shop, and the best ways to befriend unusual members of her new community. Why does Opal name her pet Winn Dixie?

Boris - (ISBN: 978-0152054120)

by Cynthia Rylant

This collection of loosely related poems tells the story of life with a pet. Enjoy exploring the medium of free verse (non-rhyming). Do you ever write about your pets in your diary? Try writing in imitation of Rylant's poetry style the next time you want to record a memorable experience about your favorite creature.

Marley and Me: Love and Life with the World's Worst Dog - (ISBN: 978-0061687204)

by John Grogan

John Grogan and his wife have a romantic view of what life will be like with their own dog. At first, the cute puppy fills their hearts with his antics. Read about what happens when the puppy begins to mature. Does obedience school straighten him out?

The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb: Life One - (ISBN: 978-0974322131)

by L. Rifkin

A street-wise cat learns quickly how to make the most of his nine remaining lives. He goes to "pet school," although it is not the typical obedience class. He meets many other interesting pets and tries to finds out the answer to his biggest question: where he came from. This mystery novel will appeal to pet lovers and lovers of suspense books alike.

Marley and Me: A Dog like No Other - (ISBN: 978-0061240355)

by John Grogan

The Nine Lives of Romeo Crumb: Life Two - (ISBN: 978-0974322117)

by L. Rifkin

The Unseen - (ISBN: 978-0440419303)

by Zelpha Keatley Snyder

Activities for this Theme

101 Things to Do With Your Dog