Moving to an old Vermont farmhouse with his mom, his new stepfather and a new baby brother has been a terribly lonely experience for Josh Wilkinson. And to make things even worse, now the school bully and his gang have picked Josh as their main target. Then one day while trying to find his dog, Manch, in the woods behind his house, Josh discovers a secret. Manch and his friends can talk! Not only that, but they're also faced with a bully problem--a pack of dogs running wild in the area. Josh thinks he can solve the dogs' problem and his own with a single solution. The only hitch to Josh's plan is that it's dangerous. Like Katherine Paterson's award-winning books Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved, The Field of the Dogs is filled with taut suspense and compelling characters, all brought grippingly to life through Johnny Heller's remarkable narration.
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by Katherine Paterson
by Clyde Robert Bulla
by John H. Ritter
by Roland Smith
"At first, Newbery Medal winner Katherine Paterson (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, JACOB HAVE I LOVED) seems to be telling the all too familiar tale of the new kid in town, the kid with no friends and a rotten new stepfather. But trust Paterson to solve the classic outsider problem in a whole new way. Josh, the main character, has a dog named Manch, who Josh begins to believe can talk. Whether this is a coping mechanism or a miracle is left up to the listener, but narrator Johnny Heller gives Josh a wistful, every-boy quality that puts the reader firmly in Josh's corner. Heller, probably the best narrator in the audio biz when it comes to young male protagonists, brings poignant life to this remarkable tale of fitting into the pack. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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