Jungle Dogs

Product Number: 13224
Released: May 23, 2000
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780440415305
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
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Sixth-grader Boy Regis lives with his family in a small Hawaiian village by the sea. Generally, life is good, but lately his older brother Damon is hanging out with a street gang. And Boy worries about the wild jungle dogs, especially in the dark early mornings when he's delivering newspapers. When Boy's teacher asks his class to write about someone they look up to, boy is stumped. He doesn't see anything remarkable about the people around him. His parents are busy with work, his sister is dating someone named Slime, and Damon's risking his life against a warring gang. When Boy ultimately finds the courage to face the fear and violence in his life, he writes a paper that leaves his teacher speechless. Award-winning author Graham Salisbury provides the perfect voice for this warm coming-of-age story. As strong family ties inspire the young hero, readers get to share his epiphany: fighting is not the only way to win a battle.

Professional reviews

"Graham Salisbury presents another slice of Hawaiian life and, at the same time, shares the universality of the school assignment that asks for a person whom the writer admires. Boy Regis struggles to write the essay. All the while, he is starting a paper route beseiged by dogs, and his older brother experiments with gang culture. As his own narrator, Salisbury moves the reader through events at a fast pace with clarity. As they help Boy shape his essay, his dad, school mates, gang aquaintances, and Buzzy, the fisherman, are narrated as vivid, unique personalities. Graham Salisbury has a comfortableness with his own characters. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"