Book View: A Dog Called Homeless

Book View: A Dog Called HomelessA Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
Published by Harper Collins on September 4th 2012
Pages: 208

Praised by Newbery Medal–winning author Katherine Applegate as "graceful" and "miraculous," this Schneider Family Book Award–winning novel tells how one girl's friendship with a homeless dog mends a family's heart.

Cally Fisher knows she can see her dead mother, but the only other living soul who does is a mysterious wolfhound who always seems to be there when her mom appears. How can Cally convince anyone that her mom is still with the family, or persuade her dad that the huge silver-gray dog belongs with them?

With beautiful, spare writing and adorable animals, A Dog Called Homeless is perfect for readers of favorite middle-grade novels starring dogs, such as Because of Winn-Dixie and Shiloh


A Dog Called Homeless is bound to be a favorite of any reader. Nominated for our state award, I dug into this book one weekend and couldn’t put it down. Cally starts to see her mother starting on the anniversary of her death, but no one will listen to her. She ends up stopping talking all together, but still sees her mother and now a dog, but a real one, one that looks homeless. There’s so much happening in this book, the family has to move to an apartment and Cally befriends a mostly deaf, mostly blind boy who she can communicate to without words. Together they have to figure out why this dog keeps finding them and what it all means. I cried rather hard at the end of the book, so I’d suggest some tissues on hand. Such a fantastic story with great characters and moments that feel so real.


A touching story that will move any reader and a quick, beautiful read.

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One response to “Book View: A Dog Called Homeless

  1. This sounds lovely. I used to read similar books when I was a young girl and I’d cherish each one. This is why we call our pets family members. I wonder if Homeless will get a new name?

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