Born between a board fence and a set of trash cans, the hero of this absorbing new novel by Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry is a lowly stray dog. Separated from his family and abandoned at an early age by his mother, he faces every challenge with his nose upturned and lustrous tail held high. His journey out of puppyhood, in which he becomes the loyal companion to a homeless man, discovers an ear for poetry, and meets his match in his brutal rival, Scar, is a story of perseverance in a world of danger and unexpected opportunity. But through it all, he cannot forget his frail little sister, Wispy, and he will not rest until he finds her again.
Told with humor and keen insight into both canine and human behavior, the story of this proud survivor will delight dog lovers and adventure lovers alike.
"The versatile Lowry proves a dab hand at the animal saga, here chronicling the up-from-the-gutter story of Keeper, formerly and variously known as Lucky, Pal, and The Dog. As narrator, Keeper is a writer of some courtly style, and his occasional doggerel (Fur so fine! Eyes so agleam! / You rival me in self-esteem! enlivens both the elegant tone and the slapstick action. This one practically sits up and begs to be read aloud." - The Horn Book, Inc.