Dogsbody

Paperback | April 12, 2012

byDiana Wynne JonesForeword byNeil Gaiman

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A funny, heartbreaking, stunning book by the legendary Diana Wynne Jones—with an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried - and found guilty - by his heavenly peers for a murder he did not commit. His sentence: to live on the planet Earth until he can carry out a seemingly impossible mission - the recovery of a deadly weapon known as the Zoi. The first lesson Sirius learns in his lowly earthly form is that humans have all the power. The second is that even though his young mistress loves him, she can't protect either of them. The third - and worst - is that someone out there will do anything to keep Sirius from finding the Zoi. Even if it means destroying Earth itself. This funny, heartbreaking, stunning book features an introduction by Neil Gaiman, an avid fan of Diana Wynne Jones.

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A funny, heartbreaking, stunning book by the legendary Diana Wynne Jones—with an introduction by Neil Gaiman.The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried - and found guilty - by his heavenly peers for a murder he did not commit. His sentence: to live on the planet Earth until he can carry out a seemingly impossible mission - the recovery of a deadly...

Diana Wynne Jones was the multiple award-winning author of many fantasy novels for children, teenagers, and adults. Her book Howl's Moving Castle was made into an Academy Award-nominated major animated feature by Hayao Miyazaki. She received the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Married to the medievalist J. A. Burrow, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 12, 2012Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142420131

ISBN - 13:9780142420133

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Life through a dog's eyes This is a favourite childhood book I recently reread. I love the mixture of the abstract cosmos with the domesticity of Earth, and Sirius provides in interesting perspective of human life through the eyes of an outsider (as a star and a dog) while Kathleen's humanity and empathy give the reader someone to root for. The only thing that bothered me upon rereading was the abuse, racism and misogyny directed towards Kathleen by pretty much everyone except Sirius.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life through a dog's eyes This book is one that I cherish so much that after I first purchased and read a paperback edition, I went out and bought a hardcover, knowing that I would need a copy that could stand up to multiple re-reads. I passed the paperback on to a school librarian, so she could spread the word. On the one hand, it's a fairly simple story about a girl and the dog who makes her happy in her miserable life, and on the other, it's a science fiction thriller with a message of eternal love and friendship that transcends space and time. It's moving, suspenseful and mind-expanding all at once. If you love dogs, if you are or have a pre-teen, read it. And pass it on.
Date published: 2013-10-05

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"Among the most rewarding novels available for readers of all ages."—Publishers Weekly

"It need only be said that the book is more than welcome back into print—and may its own reincarnation find it many new readers."—Children's Literature