179 SCU Scully, Matthew. Dominion: the Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. New
York: St. Martin's Press, 2002.
Describes some of the conditions to which animals are treated and mistreated in the modern world, and issues an
appeal for humans to look at animals as creatures worthy of dignity and respect.
338.1 CHE Chevat, Richie. The Omnivore's Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat. New York: Dial Books,
Examines the origins of the different food chains that have sustained humans throughout history, discussing how
certain foods and cuisines have become a popular part of people's daily diets.
591.51 MAS Masson, J. Moussaieff. When Elephants Weep: the Emotional Lives of Animals. New York: Delacorte
Draws from scientific studies and anecdotes from biologists, ethnologists, animal trainers, and behaviorists to explore
the emotions of animals.
631.5 KIM Kimbrell, Andrew. Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food. San
Rafael, Calif.: Earth Aware, 2007.
A comprehensive, full-color reference guide describing some of the dangers of genetically modified foods and how
they manage to get to the family dinner table.
636.08 GRA Grandin, Temple. Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals. Boston: Mariner Books,
Temple Grandin examines the emotional needs of animals and explains how people can stimulate the positive
emotions and banish the negative ones in order to give animals a truly good life.
636.089 WEL Wells, Jeff. All My Patients have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice. New York: St. Martin's
A collection of humorous stories from a small-town veterinarian, as he discusses some of his more interesting cases.
636.7 FRA Franklin, Jon. The Wolf in the Parlor: the Eternal Connection Between Humans and Dogs. New York:
Henry Holt, 2009.
Examines the origins, history, and uniqueness of the bond shared between humans and dogs, and also discusses dog
636.7 KAT Katz, Jon. A Good Dog: the Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life. New York: Random House, 2006.
Best-selling author Jon Katz chronicles his relationship with Orson, a border collie who changed Jon's life in ways he
never imagined were possible.
636.7 KAT Katz, Jon. A Dog Year: Twelve Months, Four Dogs, and Me. New York: Random, 2003.
Describes how the author's life changed when he adopted two dogs to go with his two existing dogs.
636.7 KER Kerasote, Ted. Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog.Orlando, Fla.: Harcourt, 2008.
Ted Kerasote recounts the unique bond he formed with a dog he found living on its own in the wild and shares the
experiences they had together.
636.7 PAG Page, Jake. Dogs: a Natural History. New York: Smithsonian Books/Collins, 2007.
Discusses the dog's relatives and how it came to be domesticated and describes dogs' development from puppy to
adult, physical traits, intelligence, and emotional life.
636.737 KAT Katz, Jon. Izzy & Lenore: Two Dogs, an Unexpected Journey, and Me. New York: Random House Trade
Jon Katz shares the story of a difficult year during which he was forced to face a trauma from the past, and tells how
he was helped through his struggles by his dog Izzy, who works with him as trained hospice volunteers, and a new
black Labrador puppy named Lenore, who gives boundless love to every creature she meets.
636.752 GRO Grogan, John. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog. New York: Morrow, 2005.
The story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life. Is it
possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.
636.8 MYR Myron, Vicki. Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. New York: Grand Central
Tells the story of Dewey Readmore Books, the resident cat at Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa, who was
found in the book return in December 1988, adopted by the library staff, and immediately became a loving member of
641 KIN Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life. New York:
The author tells how she and her family relocated to southern Appalachia from Arizona in order to live a simpler life,
grow their own food, and live among a community of local organic growers.
796.5 PAU Paulsen, Gary. Woodsong. New York: Puffin, 1991.
For a rugged outdoor man and his family, life in northern Minnesota is a wild experience involving wolves, deer, and
the sled dogs that make their way of life possible.
798 SCH Schultz, Jeff. Iditarod: the Great Race to Nome. Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books, 1991.
History of the Iditarod race, origins of its trail, and photographs of mushers on the trail.
810.8 WOR The World According to Dog: Poems and Teen Voices. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.
A collection of the poems about dogs is accompanied by essays by young people about the dogs in their lives.
811 GRE Greenberg, Alvin. Why We Live with Animals: Poems. Minneapolis, Minn.: Coffee House Press, 1990.
A collection of 60 humorous sonnets on the question of why we live with animals.
920 COO Cook, Ann Mariah. Running North: a Yukon Adventure. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel
Ann Cook discusses the experiences she had while she and her husband trained a dog sled team to run the Yukon
Quest in Alaska.
921 METZ Metz, Dave. Crossing the Gates of Alaska: One Man, Two Dogs 600 Miles Off the Map. New York:
Citadel Press, 2010.
Dave Metz chronicles his six hundred-mile trek across the Arctic outback, describing the difficult conditions he faced
and what the journey taught him about life, home, and loyalty.
921 PAULSEN Paulsen, Gary. My Life in Dog Years. New York: Delacorte Press, 1998.
The author describes some of the dogs that have had special places in his life, including his first dog, Snowball, in the
Phillippines; Dirk, who protected him from bullies; and Cookie, who saved his life.
921 PAULSEN Paulsen, Gary. Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a
Pack of Sled Dogs. San Diego: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1996.
Minnesota author and dog musher Gary Paulsen reflects on the growth of his sled dogs as he and his animals
discover the world around them.
956.704 KOP Kopelman, Jay. From Baghdad, with Love: a Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava. Guilford, CT:
Lyons Press, 2008.
Tells the true story of a dog named Lava, who was rescued from an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, cared for by
the Marines who found him, and eventually permitted to come to the United States.
956.704 KOP Kopelman, Jay. From Baghdad to America: Life Lessons from a Dog Named Lava. New York: Skyhorse
Lt. Colonel Jay Kopelman describes his experiences after returning to the United States with his dog Lava--who was
rescued from an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq--and details how Lava suffered symptoms comparable to post-
traumatic stress disorder, which led Kopelman to recognize his own issues.
FIC ABA Abadzis, Nick. Laika. New York: First Second, 2007.
A graphic novel account of the life of Laika, the first dog in space, who died in her experimental launch.
FIC APP Appelt, Kathi. The Underneath. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2008.
An old hound that has been chained up at his hateful owner's run-down shack, and two kittens born underneath the
house, endure separation, danger, and many other tribulations in their quest to be reunited and free.
FIC AVI Avi. The Good Dog. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
McKinley, a malamute, is torn between the domestic world of his human family and the wild world of Lupin, a wolf
that is trying to recruit dogs to replenish the dwindling wolf pack.
FIC BEH Behrens, Andy. The Fast and the Furriest. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
The overweight and unathletic son of a famous former football star discovers that his equally fat and lazy dog is
unexpectedly--and obsessively--interested in competing in dog agility contests.
FIC BUR Burnford, Sheila Every. The Incredible Journey. New York: Dell Yearling, 1996.
A young Labrador Retriever, an old Bull Terrier and a Siamese cat undertake a 250-mile trek through the Canadian
wilderness in order to return to their home.
FIC CAR Carter, Alden R. Dogwolf. New York: Scholastic, 1994.
Fifteen-year-old Pete, who is part Chippewa, spends a difficult summer fighting fires that threaten the northern
Wisconsin forest, while also hunting an equally threatening creature believed to be part dog and part wolf.
FIC COL Collard, Sneed B. Dog Sense. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2005.
After he and his mother move from California to Montana to live with his grandfather, thirteen-year-old Guy
gradually adjusts to the unfamiliar surroundings, makes a friend, and learns to deal with a bully, with the help of his
Frisbee-catching dog, Streak.
FIC DON Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light. Orlando: Harcourt, 2003.
Sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and boyfriend,
takes a job at a hotel in 1906 where the death of a guest renews her determination to live her own life.
FIC DON Donovan, Stacey. Dive. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1994.
Fifteen-year-old Virginia's world begins to fall apart when her dog is hit by a car, her father is hospitalized with a
mysterious illness, and her best friend ignores her.
FIC EVA Evans, Nicholas. The Horse Whisperer. New York: Dell Pub., 1996.
A mother brings her teenage daughter and their horse, Pilgrim, both seriously injured by a speeding truck, to the
Horse Whisperer in Montana.
FIC FAR Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion. New York: Random House, 2002.
The story of the understanding and love between a boy and a magnificent wild horse and the adventures and dangers
FIC FOX Fox, Paula. The Stone-Faced Boy. Asheville, N.C.: Front Street, 2005.
Only his strange great-aunt seems to understand the thoughts behind a young boy's expressionless face as he returns
on an eerie, snowy night from rescuing a dog that dislikes him.
FIC GIP Gipson, Fred. Old Yeller. New York: HarperTrophy, 2004.
In the late 1860s in the Texas hill country, a big yellow dog and a fourteen-year-old boy form a close, loving
FIC GRU Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007.
Ninety-year-old Jacob Jankowski finds himself haunted by memories of his past in the circus and the freaks, exotic
animals, and other people he encountered as a performer.
FIC HAL Hale, Shannon. The Goose Girl. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003.
Princess Anidori, on her way to marry a prince she has never met, is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting
and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully
FIC HES Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust. New York: Scholastic, 1999.
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma
during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
FIC HIN Hinton, S. E. Taming the Star Runner. New York: Dell, 1989.
Sent to live with his uncle after a violent confrontation with his stepfather, sixteen-year-old Travis, an aspiring writer,
finds life in a small Oklahoma town confining until he meets an eighteen-year-old horse trainer named Casey.
FIC HOB Hobbs, Will. Jackie's Wild Seattle. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her little brother, Cody, spend the summer with their uncle, helping at a wildlife
rescue center named Jackie's Wild Seattle.
FIC HOB Hobbs, Will. Wild Man Island. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist
father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected
animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.
FIC JAR Jarvis, Robin. The Alchemist's Cat. San Francisco: SeaStar Books, 2004.
Will Godwin escapes to London and becomes an assistant to the evil alchemist, Elias Spittle, who sends Will on an
errand where he finds and rescues a mother cat and her kittens which sparks an extraordinary tale of sorcery and
FIC JOR Jordan, Hillary. Mudbound. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2009.
The shaky marriage between Henry McAllan and his city-bred wife Laura becomes even more unstable when his
brother Jamie returns from World War II in 1946 to help work the family's miserable cotton farm in the Mississippi
Delta, along with his comrade-in-arms Ronsel Jackson, the oldest son of local sharecroppers, who soon learns that
his heroics in battle mean nothing in the Jim Crow south.
FIC KIN Kingsolver, Barbara. Animal Dreams. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991.
Codi returns to her hometown to confront her past and face her ailing father. What she finds is a town threatened by
an environmental catastrophe and a man who could change her life.
FIC KIP Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1995.
Here is the exciting story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves deep in the jungles of India. As he grows, he learns the
language and ways of animals. Bagheer the panther befriends him, and Baloo the bear teaches him the lore of the
jungle. He has adventures with mischievous monkeys, and is stalked by Shere Khan, the cunning tiger.
FIC KOE Koertge, Ronald. Strays. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2007.
Sixteen-year-old Ted, orphaned when his parents are killed in a car crash, identifies more with animals than people--
especially strays whose situation Ted equates with his own, but as he starts to settle in to his new foster home and
school, he forms bonds with his two foster brothers and gradually comes back in touch with the human race.
FIC LAW Lawlor, Laurie. He Will Go Fearless. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006.
With the Civil War ended and Reconstruction begun, fifteen-year-old Billy resolves to make the dangerous and
challenging journey West in search of real fortune--his true father.
FIC LON London, Jack. The Call of the Wild. New York: Macmillan, 1994.
The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold
fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
FIC LON London, Jack. White Fang. New York: Scholastic, 2001.
The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog that is part wolf and how he comes to make his peace with man.
FIC MAR Martin, Ann M. A Dog's Life: the Autobiography of a Stray. New York: Scholastic, 2005.
Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the
world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.
FIC MAR Martin, Ann M. Everything for a Dog. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2009.
In parallel stories, Bone, an orphaned dog, finds and loses a series of homes, Molly, a family pet, helps Charlie
through the grief and other after-effects of his brother's death, and lonely Henry pleads for a dog of his own.
FIC MCC McCaffrey, Anne. Black Horses for the King. New York: Ballantine Books, 1998.
Galwyn, son of a Roman Celt, escapes from his tyrannical uncle and joins Lord Artos, later know as King Arthur,
using his talent with languages and way with horses to help secure and care for the Libyan horses that Artos hopes to
use in battle against the Saxons.
FIC MCC McCarthy, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses. New York: Vintage Books, 1993.
The story of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers, who, along with two companions, sets
off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.
FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000.
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the
dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
FIC NAY Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Grand Escape. New York: Atheneum, 1993.
After years of being strictly house cats, Marco and Polo escape into the wonderful, but dangerous outside world and
are sent on three challenging adventures by a group of cats known as the Club of Mysteries.
FIC OLM Olmstead, Robert. Coal Black Horse. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008.
Relying on his horse as his protector, fourteen-year-old Robey Childs travels out into the battlefields of the Civil War
on a mission to find his father and is forever changed by the destruction he sees.
FIC OPP Oppel, Kenneth. Half Brother. New York: Scholastic Press, 2010.
In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project--an experiment to
determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills--he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and
asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.
FIC PAT Paterson, Katherine. Jip: His Story. New York: Lodestar Books, 1996.
While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes
to understand how he arrived at this place.
FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary. Brian's Hunt. New York: Laurel-Leaf, 2005.
Two years after having survived a plane crash into the Canadian wilderness, a sixteen-year-old returns to the wild to
befriend a wounded dog and hunt a rogue bear.
FIC PAU Paulsen, Gary. The Winter Room. New York: Dell, 1991.
A young boy growing up on a northern Minnesota farm describes the scenes around him and recounts his old
Norwegian uncle's tales of an almost mythological logging past.
FIC PEC Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No Pigs Would Die. New York: Random House, 1994.
To a thirteen-year-old Vermont farm boy whose father slaughters pigs for a living, maturity comes early as he learns
"doing what's got to be done," especially regarding his pet pig who cannot produce a litter.
FIC PEC Peck, Robert Newton. Horse Thief. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
In 1938, with the help of a lady doctor and an aging, card-cheating, dice-rolling horse thief, a seventeen-year-old
orphan steals thirteen horses from Chickalookee, Florida's doomed rodeo, and finds a family in the process.
FIC PRO Proulx, E. Annie. Postcards. New York: Touchstone, 1992.
The Blood family, New England farmers, confront the twentieth century and their own extinction.
FIC RAW Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1988.
A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.
FIC RAW Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows: the Story of Two Dogs and a Boy. New York: Yearling, 1996.
A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and
teaches them to be champion hunters.
FIC RUS Russell, Christopher. Hunted. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2007.
Brind, the huntsman of Dowe Manor, is tossed out of the manor--along with his mastiff Glaive, the foster child
Aurelie, and her puppy Gabion--after the landlord's wife dies of the Plague, and together the small group goes in
search of safety in a land filled with the Black Death.
FIC SAL Salisbury, Graham. Eyes of the Emperor. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2005.
Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians
during World War II.
FIC SCH Schmidt, Gary D. Trouble. New York: Clarion Books, 2008.
Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin's dying wish, sets out to hike Maine's Mount
Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion--the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally
injuring Franklin--and reveals troubles that predate the accident.
FIC SEB Sebestyen, Ouida. Out of Nowhere. New York: Orchard Books, 1994.
When he no longer fits into his vagabond mother's life, thirteen-year-old Harley adopts an abandoned dog and falls in
with an outspoken old woman, a cantankerous junk collector, and an energetic and loving teenage girl.
FIC SHE Sherlock, Patti. Letters from Wolfie. New York: Puffin Books, 2007.
Certain that he is doing the right thing by donating his dog, Wolfie, to the Army's scout program in Vietnam, thirteen-
year-old Mark begins to have second thoughts when the Army refuses to say when and if Wolfie will ever return.
FIC SMI Smith, Roland. The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe. San Diego: Gulliver
Captain Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman describes his experiences as he accompanies his master on the Lewis and
Clark Expedition to explore the uncharted western wilderness.
FIC STE Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony. New York: Penguin, 1992.
Ownership of a beautiful red pony teaches ten-year-old Jody about life and death.
FIC WAL Wallace, Bill. The Pick of the Litter. New York: Holiday House, 2005.
Twelve-year-old Tom learns first-hand about honor, first when he is wrongly accused of lying at school, then when he
faces the risk of losing a puppy he has come to love while helping his grandfather train hunting dogs. Writing to a
new friend helps him sort his feelings and do the right thing.
FIC WEL Wells, H. G. The Island of Dr. Moreau. New York: Bantam Books, 1994.
Dr. Moreau, a scientist, finds an isolated island that gives him the freedom to create hideous creatures with human
FIC WRO Wroblewski, David. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. New York: Ecco, 2008.
A tale reminiscent of "Hamlet" that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled
Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is
responsible for his father's death.
FIC YLV Ylvisaker, Anne. Little Klein. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2007.
Harold "Little" Klein is so much smaller than his three older brothers, a boisterous gang held together by bighearted
Mother Klein, that he often feels small and left out but when disaster strikes, it is up to Harold and LeRoy, the stray
dog he has adopted, to save the day.
SC MYS Mystery Cats: Felonious Felines from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery
Magazine. New York: Signet, 1991.
Collection of mystery stories featuring cats as a central theme.