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Brodie didn't remember the exact moment that he died. But he did remember the exact moment that he woke up afterward. When he woke up he was already running. In his awe-inspiring new novel, acclaimed author Dan Gemeinhart brings his signature blend of action, heart, and beautiful, deliberate prose to the story of a good dog who can't move on to the afterlife until the boyBrodie didn't remember the exact moment that he died. But he did remember the exact moment that he woke up afterward. When he woke up he was already running. In his awe-inspiring new novel, acclaimed author Dan Gemeinhart brings his signature blend of action, heart, and beautiful, deliberate prose to the story of a good dog who can't move on to the afterlife until the boy he loves is safe....

Title : Good Dog
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ISBN : 9781338053883
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Good Dog Reviews

  • Cassie Thomas
    2019-05-14 14:16

    Heart wrenching. But what a beautiful take on man's best friend and the role your dog truly plays in your life. Told from Brodie's perspective, you follow Brodie along as he comes back from the after life to still be there for his boy, all while he has dark demon dogs after his soul, and a friend who would do anything to help Brodie check on his boy. Brodie goes through betrayal, reality, and strength to find his way to ensure that dying wasn't for nothing. Dan writes in a way that imprints your heart forever. Good Dog will be a story that I reflect on for days and years to come.

  • Kristen Picone
    2019-04-28 19:11

    I was torn between a 4.5 rating and a 5, but went with the 5 because Dan’s writing is exquisite. Told through an omniscient perspective (the narrator is actually revealed at the end), we meet Brodie, a dog who has just entered the “in between”. As Brodie begins to remember his life, he decides he must go back to keep his boy, Aidan, safe from the monster (his dad). Going back as a ghost has consequences, which may mean Brodie will never get to Forever. Determined to be a good dog and knowing his boy needs him, Brodie goes back to the world of the living, joined by Tuck, a loyal friend who needs to find peace before he can get to Forever. From there, the adventure begins; from looking for Aidan, meeting Patsy (a street smart ghost cat), seeing the monster again, running from the Hellhounds who are determined to steal Brodie and Tuck’s souls, and trying not to “go dark” before it’s too late, this is a book that I couldn’t put down. For me, there were many intense moments. There were scenes that were disturbing to read, but Dan’s storytelling and writing kept me hanging on. This book deals with the topics of animal abuse, child abuse, and alcoholism.

  • Theresa Grissom
    2019-05-05 17:13

    Another winner by Dan Gemeinhart! The students at my school love his books and this will join their list of favorites. This book reads a bit older than his other books. I will save for 5th grade and older.

  • Patrick
    2019-05-17 16:09

    Loved it. Dan writes the best stories for middle grade readers. Look for this in March of 2018!!! Nothing better than a boy and his dog. Or in this case a dog and his boy! Amazing story!

  • Lorie Barber
    2019-04-30 20:03

    I ended my 2017 reading year with this book. And I could not have lucked out with a better one. Brodie is a dog - a very good dog - who has died. Rather than let go and move on to Forever, Brodie chooses to return to our world to save Aidan, his boy, from danger. What entails is an adventure so unique that I couldn’t put this book down. Good Dog is BEAUTIFUL. An omniscient narrator tells the story, occasionally breaking from his POV to address the reader, which connected me to Brodie and Aidan more and more. The flashbacks Brodie experienced as memories of his past with Aidan came flooding back were vivid, sometimes excruciating, and always intentional in ways that kept me guessing. Gemeinhart’s use of imagery only added to that vividness. (There is so much here that I could use to teach my students writing techniques!)But the best part? Brodie’s VOICE. So singular, original, and pure, highlighting the bond between this dog and his boy. I fell in love with Brodie from the jump, laughing and crying as he worked to complete his quest. He is a character I will remember forever. I will be buying multiple copies of this book when it arrives in late March, not only for my students, but for my friends and family, especially those who have lost loved ones. This book is, in my opinion, one for the middle-grade ages, teaching kids that heroism is a choice that can come in any form.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-05-19 21:54

    Scholastic Book Club paperback copyBrodie is a dog who has died and gone to a heaven-like afterlife where dogs run free. He is slowly remembering his life back on earth, and when he does, he realizes that he left his boy, Aidan, behind. He feels that the boy is in danger, so he talks to Tuck, a dog who has been there for a long time, and arranges to go back to earth so he can help. Tuck goes with him, even though both dogs know that they will forfeit their immortal souls. When Brodie arrives back near where his boy lived, he can't find him, and he is besieged by hell hounds who want to do him in. He and Tuck persevere and slowly learn the story of what happened to Brodie as well as Aidan's fate. Aidan does need a lot of protecting, and Brodie, although he is a spirit, manages to do everything he can to help keep his boy safe. Strengths: Gemeinhart's writing gets better with every book, and readers who liked The Honest Truth will enjoy the emotional roller coaster of this book. Great cover.Weaknesses: The hell hounds took time away from Brodie's essential mission and didn't seem essential to the plot.What I really think: I'll probably buy a copy for readers who love dogs and want a tear jerker like Where the Red Fern Grows. Yes, it made me cry, and the writing is excellent, but I could have done without the stereotypical trashy, abusive father. This is a fantasy book, because there isn't an afterlife of any kind or description. Yes, the same can be said of ghosts or dragons, but it seems cruel to portray an afterlife where I could be together with my dog forever when that just isn't the case.

  • Paula
    2019-05-19 17:48

    I didn't think Dan Gemeinhart could possibly maintain his streak of "greatest hits" but GOOD DOG should have been called GREAT DOG! There are so many twists and turns and tears in this book that I hated having to put it down to go to work or sleep! Brodie was a dog. He died. But when he woke up he knew he had to go back somehow and save his boy, Aiden from "the monster" who happened to be his father. Trouble is, it isn't easy going back, he'd risk his soul if he failed. The living world is beautiful, but it is also ugly sometimes and Brodie gets a chance to see just how cruel it can be-especially when those you love are in trouble. Make sure you have some uninterrupted time and some tissues when you read this one. Comes out March 27th. (I'd pre-order!)

  • The Reading Countess
    2019-05-05 21:55

    Woot! Love this author, love reading his next one before it hits the shelves! I gobbled this in one night. One late school night well past midnight, a teary and bleary eyed Language Arts teacher voraciously turned page after page of what will surely be a classic take on a boy and his dog tale. Deep. Impactful. Heartbreaking. Levity thrown in at just the right times before a weepy reader loses all hope, be ready for the ending. Oh, that ending’s gonna bite you. Hard. But don’t worry. You’re surrounded by friends, loved ones and the sage words of those who came before you. How does #dangemeinhart churn out such uniquely individual books time after time? Big fan here. Huge. 👋🏻 Look for Good Dog on March 27.

  • Nichole Peer
    2019-05-14 18:11

    I know this isn't really a sad book but I cried the.entire.way.through the book. Dog is dead. Dog feels like he needs to go back to earth, even though no other dog does. He goes. Boy is in danger. Dog will save boy at all costs.

  • Mary Thomas
    2019-04-25 19:11

    I am a huge Dan Gemeinhart fan so I was ecstatic to have he chance to preview Good Dog with #bookodyssey. Ultimately, this one missed the mark for me. The overall feel of the book is very dark, with many disturbing scenes and references to animal abuse and child abuse. I read the book quickly, but kept waiting for that special something. The world building and concept of dog afterlife was welldone and interesting, it just wasn’t for me as powerful as some of his other work. I will be interested to hear what students have to say aboutThis one!!

  • Jo-ann Walsh
    2019-05-16 16:03

    @kidlitexchange #partnerThank you to @kidlitexchange for the ARC copy of Good Dog in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This middle grade book releases on March 27, 2018.“Brodie didn’t remember the exact moment that he died. But he did remember the exact moment that he woke up afterward.”When Brodie awakens, he is surrounded by beauty - green grass, sunshine, fresh water, and other dogs. But once he finds out that he is no longer alive, he has to find a way to get back to earth to help his boy, Aiden. Though it is discouraged, an angel helps Brodie, and his new friend Tuck go back to earth. They have to get used to the fact that only their spirit has returned to earth, and their spirit will only last for a short time. Every moment that they experience on earth will cause the dogs to lose some of their “shine.” Once their shine is gone, so are they, and they could be lost forever. Once on earth, Brodie’s mission is to find his boy Aiden and make sure he is safe. Slowly, memories of Brodie’s life on earth come back to him. The more he remembers, the more determined he is to find his boy. Things become complicated when Brodie and Tuck are attacked by hellhounds who are after their souls. Brodie experiences the worst pain of his life when he learns that the hounds can literally steal pieces of his soul. With the help of Patsy the cat, Brodie and Tuck escape the hellhounds and begin looking for Aiden. As they search, they continue to be followed by the hellhounds and Brodie continues to remember things that have happened to him - how he died, how Aiden was treated by his father, the time Brodie spent with his boy, and the fact that it was supposed to be he and his boy, together forever. As he continues to lose pieces of his soul, Brodie does not lose his heart or determination, and will not stop until he saves his boy. But will he find his boy before he loses his soul?I was hooked from the moment I started reading this book. This story epitomizes the love between a dog and his boy. I loved the determination of Brodie, and how Tuck and Patsy are able to admire Brodie for his loyalty. I do wish that we had a glimpse of Aiden sooner in the story, but that is just my opinion. I admired Brodie’s persistence and heart.Some of the fight scenes in the book are mildly violent, and there are some mature themes, as Aiden’s dad was abusive and probably an alcoholic. I believe mature readers would be able to get past this and focus on the loyalty of Brodie to his boy. I would recommend this book to students grade 5 and up (or mature 4th graders).

  • Laura Gardner
    2019-05-05 19:46

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 for GOOD DOG by @dangemeinhart; thanks to the MA Youth services blog for this review copy. All opinions are my own. This book is out March 27, 2018!_*_*_*_*_*Brodie is a dog and he's dead. He's in dog heaven, but he can't fathom moving on to the afterlife until he goes back to earth as a spirit to help the boy he loves, Aiden. Tuck, another dead dog, is his companion in this adventure, along with Patsy, a cantankerous cat. The three must brave evil ghost dogs trying to steal their souls along with the danger from Aiden's father, a physically abusive man who has lost custody of Aiden and isn't happy about it. _*_*_*_*_*Battle and chase scenes are intense and well-written. Brodie is a dedicated, loving dog that dog-loving students will adore. This emotionally charged novel about death and loyalty will be a bit hit for certain students. Students who loved The Honest Truth will like this book. (there is a connection toward the end that fans of The Honest Truth will love!). I do feel I must warn readers (especially dog lovers): This book is one of the saddest books I've ever read and there is violence in this book that may deeply upset some readers. The violence is presented sensitively, but it is there nevertheless and some kids may find it distressing. I also found Good Dog to be a bit preachy at times and the switch toward the end of the book where the narrator enters the book as a character came off as a bit jarring._*_*_*_*_*One more thing...where to shelve this in a #genrefied library? Fantasy? The dog is a spirit in a "dog heaven", but I think this title might do best shelved beside The Honest Truth in realistic fiction. _*_*_*_*_*#bookstagram #book #reading #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaholic #booknerd #bookgram #librarian #librariansfollowlibrarians #librariansofinstagram #booklove #booktography #bookstagramfeature #bookish #bookaddict #booknerdigans #booknerd #ilovereading #instabook #futurereadylibs #ISTElibs #TLChat #gooddog

  • Amy
    2019-05-13 17:13

    Many thanks to Scholastic for providing us with a copy of this book in our Spring 2018 Book Fair Preview Pack.Actual rating: 4.5 starsThis one was pretty close to perfect. The narrator was fantastic, especially when you realize who he is at the end (for much of the story, it seems like just an omniscient presence, but it's more than that). The story line, following a dog who has died when he goes back to try to protect his boy from the monster (the boy's abusive father) is incredibly touching. The cast of characters (Brodie, the dog; Tuck, the dog he meets in the in between who decides to travel back with him; Patsy, the tough as nails cat who is doing what she can to survive, even when it isn't right; the hellhounds) were all amazing and an allegory dressed up as children's writing. This is one that I could actually see going on to be studied and analyzed as literature at some point, much like Charlotte's Web . My *only* small hesitation is the fact that it deals with angels, and the great beyond (heaven) and it seemed to be a very Christian oriented perspective, while not actually calling it that. Those types of books are always hard for me to recommend because I don't want it to be construed as me promoting any sort of agenda. (Trust me, this is really just a personal concern for myself; I think MANY people will love this book and I will recommend it).Give this to kids who are always asking for dog books, who were fans of Rain/Reignand classics like Where the Red Fern Grows .

  • Jennifer Druffel
    2019-05-14 18:16

    *I requested and received an advanced-readers copy from Scholastic. All opinions are my own.Told from the perspective of Brodie, a dog that just passed on. This is a touching tale about a dog who cannot move on in the after-life until he knows his boy, Aiden, is safe. Brodie returns to the "alive" world with his friend, Tuck. Together they encounter many trials and tribulations as they search for Aiden. Will Brody make it to Aiden before his soul is gone forever?Wow. Author Dan Gemeinhart does it again. Dog-lovers will devour this gripping, heart-wrenching story. Brodie is a dog who sacrifices EVERYTHING for his boy. Even when Brodie encounters dogs that are just plain evil, he stops at nothing to save his boy Aiden. Beautifully written, Brodies' love for Aiden will stay with you long after you finish the book. This is my ten-year-olds second favorite book of all time. I recommend it for grades three and up.

  • Carmen
    2019-05-09 19:56

    Powerful story of friendship and the ultimate power of good vs evil. Brodie is a GOOD DOG. Having just arrived at the "in-between," he should relax and enjoy the endless smells and places to run. He can't. Memories of his boy and a monster looming prevent him from enjoying this peaceful place. He must return, he must protect his boy. He does.With the help of Tuck, a lively, loyal friend, he returns to Earth to find and help Aiden, his boy. Hellhounds, wanning "soul-lights," betrayal, car-jumping do not dissuade this determined dog. I'm not sure how many more action-packed, soul-wrenching stories this man can create, but I know I will read each and every one.

  • Alison Bell
    2019-05-10 14:07

    I won't lie, this book was hard to read. The relationship I have with my dog is so incredibly meaningful to me that I tear up at the thought of losing her. However, this novel validated and promoted that kind of bond and made me feel like Brodie and his boy were just as close as I am with my pup. When I read romance, I don't feel like that's MY never feels strong enough, but the love and trust that Gemeinhart portrays is real. I think this book is an excellent choice for any dog lover, but middle grades kids would LOVE. I cried and cried, but sometimes thats okay.

  • Jayne Bartrand
    2019-05-20 14:49

    Scholastic paperback edition from a friend who knows a media specialist/release date March 2018Appreciated the nod to The Honest Truth. Interesting to tell this kind of heart- wrenching story from dog's pov. Still processing the "IncredibleJourney" part of the story. Language was totally unnecessary especially from a cat; perhaps a case could be made for the dad. Keeps me from wanting to read aloud or recommend to upper grade readers

  • Beth
    2019-05-06 18:58

    This book is different than Gemeinhart's other books. He still has the tough stuff and humor in the book, but the writing style felt very different to me. I think the kids are going to love this book! I will caution that some of the realistic stuff going on in the story can be hard to read, but for kids that like that sort of realistic fiction, I think they will enjoy this book. It is a must read for any dog lover, because we all know that dogs can be the biggest joys in our lives.

  • Jaymie
    2019-04-21 20:48

    Not sure about the theology of this book regarding the afterlife, but as a story of the fierce love of a dog for his boy, this was spot on. As Brodie is a ghost you already know he’s dead at the beginning. But the details of what happened to him are brutal (and thankfully brief). Bring your tissues for the end.

  • JoEllen
    2019-05-17 16:13

    Love everything Dan writes. Always grabs you from the moment you open the book. This was different for him. An intense read. Riveting book but because of the content re afterlife, circumstances of Brodie's death, would rec for mature MS readers and beyond. So many amazing moments. Heartprint book for sure.

  • Scott Fillner
    2019-04-25 18:10

    “It’s easier, sometimes, to be brave when you’re being brave for someone else.”Literally could not put this down. @DanGemeinhart has done it again. Created an engaging story bursting with heart and hope.

  • Sharie
    2019-04-28 19:58

    Depiction of everlasting soul, from a dog's point of view.For all dog lovers, or animal lovers, who want to imagine where they go.MC: child abuse; animal abuse; substance abuse

  • Rachel Harder
    2019-04-25 13:58

    Seriously. So good.

  • Klyon
    2019-05-19 21:47

    Really liked it. Great middle school read. Dogs, cats, heroes, real life...lots of tears.

  • Owen Weesies
    2019-05-20 16:46

    Brodie is a dog who is everything positive, happy, loyal, and brave, but he senses that his boy is in trouble. He goes along with his friend, tuck, a black pit bull, who loves running, to save his boy Aiden. Aiden was took from his dad after Aiden's dad killed Brodie, who throughout the story, is not actually living, and beats Aiden and drinks and is negative constantly. Brodie is a good dog, but is he good enough to save his boy? Read good dog to find out. I love this book, and would recommend it to anyone my age(11) and older, it has so much meaning and heart to it, sometimes this book makes me want to cry!WARNING! mild language