The Dogs by Allan StrattonThe Dogs by Allan Stratton

The Dogs

byAllan Stratton

Hardcover | February 1, 2015

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A chilling tale from one of Canada's best-known authors, Governor General's Award nominee Allan Stratton.

Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that's what Cameron's been told.

When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren't possible. Soon he's questioning everything he thought he knew - including his own sanity.

What's hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.

ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of Chanda’s Secrets, a Michael L. Printz Honour Book. His most recent YA novel, The Dogs, won the OLA Red Maple Fiction Award and the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (MYRCA). It was also nominated for both an International Thriller Award and the IODE Violet Downey Award. His n...
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Title:The DogsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.53 × 5.78 × 0.87 inPublished:February 1, 2015Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from a terrific novel for reluctant readers Cameron and his mom have been on the run for as long as Cameron can remember. Cameron’s dad is dangerous and they’ve never been able to stay in one place for very long. This last move takes them to a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, outside of a small town called Wolf Hollow. “Whoa! Somebody! Put this place out of its misery.” That’s how Cameron describes the two-storey, ramshackle building he and his mom are going to call home. Mom notes the two staircases and says “It’s good to have more than one escape route…in case of fire.” Mr. Sinclair, the old farmer who owns the house, is secretive and slightly menacing. But Cameron’s creepy father isn’t the only creepy thing going on in Allan Stratton’s YA novel The Dogs. Cameron discovers some drawings and a photograph in the coal room and the discovery connects him to a strange mystery that has haunted the farmhouse for decades. One of the drawings depicts “a pack of wild dogs ripping things apart.” Further investigation reveals that the previous owner, Mr. McTavish, was ripped apart by his dogs after his wife and son, Jacky, ran off with another man. The clever things about The Dogs is that it operates on many different levels. As Cameron spends more and more time trying to figure out what really happened in the farmhouse all those years ago, he also begins to question his own memories of his father. Is his mother telling him the whole truth or is she leaving out essential details? Is his dad really as bad as his mother says? Cameron’s traumatic childhood makes him especially suggestible and readers will share every spooky bump-in-the-night incident with him as he tries to reconcile his memories with what is happening in the house. Is he crazy, as his mother worries he might be, or are the things he sees and hears really happening? “It’s not my fault I picture things, or talk to myself. If I try to keep all the stuff in my head inside, I’ll explode,” Cameron explains to his mother. The Dogs is written in straight-forward prose, which will appeal to many young readers particularly reluctant readers. I think any reader will enjoy the book’s eeriness and honest portrayal of a teenage boy who despite his own difficulties shows tremendous resilience. I know I did.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good, Canadian author This book really had me guessing. As I was reading it I had so many theories in my head, such as was Cameron really seeing ghosts or was he mentally ill (personally I thought maybe schizophrenia) and even by the end, each different theory is debatable. From the first couple of chapters it had you thinking about theories or going from one to another. My friend was reading this along with me and we even debated about what really happened. It will have you wondering if little Jacky died or if his family was murdered or if it's just something made up by a young boy growing into imagination and sexuality. In a way, this is a little bit like a coming of age story. Although it is not the normal type of coming-of-age tale it's about a boy discouvering himself, questioning his self and identity, and the things around him. Like many other coming of age stories, it leads into a type of sexuality and/or the playing of the mind and the boy's mentality. The book says that one of the characters with Cameron were not old enough to drive yet and first started high school, leaving the reader to believe he is 14 or 15, around the age of when adulthood and puberty are starting to attack. This book reminded me a lot of 'One's A Heifer', another book by a Canadian author. The similarities in the boy delving into something scary or supernatural and finding out what really happened to the owner's wife and trying to figure out things for himself while still in a vulnerable stage. The landscape is the same as well, far off and mysterious. The two stories also tell of a boy just growing into their adulthood as well and thinking for themselves and what their identities are. Like 'One's A Heifer' this book also had a very Canadian-gothic tone to it, something that you rarely see now. This was a very enjoyable book. I'm really glad that it caught my eye on the shelf. I highly recommend it. Is really good for Junior/Intermediate readers.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I was amazed how fast I finished this book. It was a total page turner and I couldn't let go of it. Cameron was an amazing character and I loved hearing what he was thinking. The book was spooky, but a true tale of friendship and haunted pasts.
Date published: 2015-10-10

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Dogs:"It's about ghosts and terrifying danger and going mad all at once. I didn't know what was real and what was imagined until the very last page. I loved it!" -Melvin Burgess, author of Carnegie Medal winner Junk"In a novel both harrowing and hopeful, Stratton winds twin tales of abuse and hatred and madness." -Gary Schmidt, author of Newbery Honor winner The Wednesday Wars"Brilliant, fast-paced and eerie. It kept me guessing right to the end."-Joseph Delaney, author of The Last Apprentice series"It is increasingly rare to find genuine, convincing narratives that have us looking over our shoulders. The Dogs is such a narrative.What would it be like if the most frightening thing in your world lay at the heart of your own family? Stratton imagines this horror full and convincingly." -Quill & Quire, starred reviewPraise for Curse of the Dream Witch:Winner, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2014Honour Book, OLA Silver Birch Award - Fiction, 2014Nominee, Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2014Nominee, Red Cedar Award (BC Young Readers' Choice), 2015Nominee, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2015 "A page-turning middle grade fairy-tale adventure about courage, friendship and loyalty that will charm adult and child readers from start to finish." -CLA Award Jury "Unlikely friendships are formed, fears are faced, and evil is overcome in this adventure that is fast-paced and filled with the supernatural." -CM: Canadian Review of Materials