Nobody's Dog by Ria VorosNobody's Dog by Ria Voros

Nobody's Dog

byRia Voros

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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A powerful debut novel about a boy who must face his past before finding a way to move forward.

For thirteen-year-old Jakob, the summer is looking pretty bleak. His only friend has moved away and no one else seems to have any time for him - except the girl who lives downstairs. But she's a little weird. Then again, so is Jakob. A few months ago, he was in a car accident that killed both his parents, and though he can't remember exactly what happened, he can't stop turning it over in his mind. No wonder people leave him alone.

Then out of nowhere, a stray dog befriends Jakob. Together they begin to roam the city streets by night, discovering an exhilarating secret world where they can both taste a new kind of freedom. But as their nocturnal adventures take Jakob farther and farther away from the safety of home, the truth of that awful night begins to emerge.

Will he be strong enough to face it - and who will be there for him when he does?

Exploring the heartbreaking loneliness of grief with sensitive assurance, Nobody's Dog is a powerful and uplifting tale about family, love and survival, and finding friendship in the most unexpected places.

Ria Voros is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing MFA program, and has had her fiction and poetry published in literary journals such as Grain and The Summerset Review. She has also taught fiction, poetry, literature, and writing for children across British Columbia.
Title:Nobody's DogFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.4 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:144311913X

ISBN - 13:9781443119139


Rated 4 out of 5 by from great Its a pretty short book, I read it a little while ago and its just a really great read
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool I read it in class for a Silver Birch novel study. My class didn't seem to like it very much but I really liked it. It's more of a book for people who enjoy reading compared to reading it as a project. You really have to be open minded and not want action and romance to appear every five pages. This is a really good book for open minded readers willing to steer away from the norm of Divergent and Hunger Games type books.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and real tale of grief (middle school) The Good Stuff •Sensitive and not in your face tale of a boy dealing with grief •Characters are realistic and interesting - nobody is perfect •Chilko is adorable and I have a sudden urge to adopt a dog •A great book for bringing up conversations about death & grief •Darkly funny at times •Very moving -- I won't lie I cried •Extremely hopeful •Jakob is a likeable character whom the reader will really cheer for •Deals with surviving guilt and grief and becoming stronger for it all - done is a way that kids will appreiate because it isn't preachy or sugar sweet •A fabulous book for classroom discussions - will be recommending this to my sons teacher •This will be an author to look out for - and hey she's Canadian & from the west coast (Nudge nudge @indigogreenroom BC or Alberta event - I can help) •The relationship between Patrick and Jacob is lovely & their conversations so deftly written. •Love some of the conversations between Jakob and Libby - trust me they will make you smile The Not So Good Stuff •Could have been fleshed out a bit more - but than again hey maybe wouldn't appeal to reluctant readers as much Favorite Quotes/Passages "Wait - draw this leaf." She holds out a salmonberry branch. "Sit right there and draw what your hands see." "My mom always knew when I was lying. It was some kind of superpower, like she could see inside me and find the lie circling around in my bloodstream. When I was five I lied about taking cookies from the package we were saving for a party. She stared me down until I started blubbing and confessed, in tears. From that day on, I couldn't lie to her. Her power was too strong." "The way he greeted you. His wagging tail. It was pure happiness. I'd love to draw that." Who Should/Shouldn't Read •Perfect for the reluctant reader, especially one who is dealing with grief •Must have for middle school and public libraries •Also perfect for those kids that are just a little bit different & feel apart from everything 4.5 Dewey's I received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-09-03

From the Author

A note from the author, Ria Voros:I'm a dog lover and for years I've wanted to write a story about one. A while ago I read the true story of a pair of huskies that roamed together at night, one leaving his home to pick up the other on their way to go exploring. I loved the idea and wanted to create a relationship like that. But instead of another dog, Jakob popped into my head, and he seemed the perfect fit as Chilko's wandering companion. As the story unfolded, I realized Jakob had a lot to learn from Chilko, not only about dogs, but also about life. I went through the same process when I adopted my dog, Pender, from a shelter. He challenged me, taught me patience, compassion and what it means to be responsible for an animal. In the end, both Jakob and I are better people because of the relationships we've had with our dogs.

Read from the Book

From Nobody's Dog:We walk to the next intersection, which is a main road. A car whips past. Chilko stops at the edge of the sidewalk but I grab his collar anyway. Something's got me by the collar too. It's the twitchy-spine feeling, stronger now, making me want to leave and stay at the same time. I glance at the street sign: Keith Road and Lynnmouth Avenue. A car speeds past, sprays water from its windshield, even though it hasn't rained in weeks. Drops hit my face. As it drives away, I see the glass cleaner spray up, windshield wipers thudding back and forth. The sound is loud in my ears even though the car is long gone: the steady beat in the upside-down car, seatbelt holding in my breath.My brain switches off, turns on again, and I'm there. Everything is wet and sticky and dark. Someone moans. I can't tell if it's me or not.Something brushes my hand, something soft. Fur. A car honks, brakes squeal. I look up and I'm in the middle of the intersection. It's a dark, warm night, stuffy air in my throat. Chilko's beside me, waiting for my next move, but I can't seem to make my legs take a step."You need help, kid?" The driver of a blue truck has stopped behind us. He's a couple of metres away, headlights shining in my face.I shake my head. My voice doesn't work."Then could you get out of the road?"My hand finds Chilko's fur. He moves forward and somehow I follow. We make it to the other side and the cars drive on behind us.I lean into a scraggly hedge that itches my neck. This is it. Was it. The accident happened here. It's just a street like the others. No one would ever know.My knees wobble under me. I thought I'd feel lighter, happier, finally able to breathe, but I just feel . . . more unsure. What happened here? J asks. Why did he crash the car? He always said keep it between the ditches, but he couldn't. Why not? From inside my head, a memory whispers, because of you.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Nobody's Dog:"Ria Voros has done a really good job of exploring grief in a very real way . . . there is tons here to think about, even as you're busy enjoying a darn good dog story . . . I would have loved this book when I was a kid." -CBC British Columbia"Nanaimo resident Ria Voros tackles grief and loss through the eyes of a 13-year-old and his canine companion in her powerful debut novel, Nobody's Dog." -Nanaimo Daily News"There are no drastic changes, no wise mentor figure appears to supply guidance or save the day . . . There is, however, a good deal of underlying affection between characters and several attempts towards friendship, healing, and communication, again, as in real life." -CM Magazine