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Benway, Robin. Audrey, Wait!
After sixteen-year-old Audrey breaks up with her boyfriend Evan, a rock musician, he records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts bringing her unwanted fame and celebrity status. She has an enormous, humongous cat, Bendomolena that Evan, to his discredit, had barely noticed. (SLJ gr 9+)

Bow, Erin.  Plain Kate
Plain Kate's odd appearance and expertise as a woodcarver cause some to think her a witch, but friendship with a talking cat and, later, with humans help her to survive and even thrive in a world of magic, charms, and fear.  (PW ages 12+)

Burgess, Melvin. Lady
In Manchester, England, when a seventeen-year-old girl who hasn't been acting like herself lately is turned into a dog--the very creature she has personified--she isn't sure that the change is all bad. (SLJ gr 9+)

Caletti, Deb. The Story of Us
After jilting two previous fiances, Cricket's mother is finally marrying the right man, but as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities, complications arise for Cricket involving her own love life, her beloved dog Jupiter, and her mother's reluctance to marry. (SLJ gr. 9+)

Crane, E.M. Skin Deep
When sixteen-year-old Andrea Anderson begins caring for a sick neighbor's dog, she learns a lot about life, death, pottery, friendship, hope, and love.

Goldblatt, Stacey. Stray
Natalie's mother, a veterinarian with a dogs-only practice, has the sixteen-year-old on such a short leash that, when the teenaged son of her old school friend comes to stay with them for the summer, Natalie is tempted to break her mother's rules and follow her own instincts for a change.

Hartnett, Sonya. Surrender
A small, unforgiving town and distant, punitive parents ensure that 20-year-old Gabriel never forgets the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends--his dog, Surrender, and a wild boy, Finnigan. When a series of arson attacks grips the town, it becomes devastatingly clear that only the most extreme measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good.

Hesse, Karen. The Music of Dolphins.
After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world.

Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot.
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Hunter, Erin. Into the Wild
For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all. #1 of the Warriors series

Juby, Susan. Another Kind of Cowboy
In Vancouver, British Columbia, two teenage dressage riders, one a spoiled rich girl and the other a closeted gay sixteen-year-old boy, come to terms with their identities and learn to accept themselves.

Koja, Kathe. Straydog
Rachel, a teenager with a healthy dose of both aptitude and attitude, begins to feel at home volunteering at an animal shelter. (SLJ gr 8 - 10)

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs
Why do the dogs in books always have to die? That’s the question 8th grader Wallace Wallace asks himself and why he hates Old Shep, My Pal and why he writes that it’s the worst book he ever read in his book report. Then his teacher makes him attend rehearsals for the play, Old Shep, My Pal till he comes to his senses.

London, Jack. Call of the Wild.
The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.

Lyne, Jennifer H. Catch Rider 
Despite her poor background and ferocious competition from more privileged girls, fourteen-year-old Sid pursues her dream of becoming a catch rider--a show rider who can ride anything--with help from her Uncle Wayne.

Mass, Wendy. A Mango-Shaped Space
Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her.

Monninger, Joseph. Baby
Fifteen-year-old Baby's last chance at foster care is with the Potters, and while she likes them and enjoys learning to race their sled dogs, she feels she should go back on the streets with her boyfriend if she cannot find the mother who has deserted her again.

Morpurgo, Michael.  War Horse
World War I has started and the military needs horses to move equipment, charge the enemy, and carry wounded soldiers off the battlefield. Joey, a farm horse is sold to the Army. Joey misses the farmer's son, Albert, and spends the war years wondering if the war will ever end and if he will ever see Albert again. (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Wisdom's Kiss a Thrilling and Romantic Adventure, Incorporating Magic, Villany, and a Cat
Magic, cunning, and one very special cat join forces in this hilarious tale told in diaries, letters, encyclopedia entries, and even a play.  (SLJ gr. 6-10)

Neri, G. Ghetto Cowboy
Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.  (SLJ gr 5-8)

Rottman, S.L. Hero
After years of abuse from his mother and neglect from his father, ninth-grader Sean Parker is headed for trouble until he is sent to do community service at a farm owned by an old man who teaches Sean that he can take control of his own life. (SLJ gr 7+)

Ruby, Laura. The Chaos King
Thirteen-year-old Georgie and Bug, a year older, have been pulled apart by the demands of their newfound fame and fortune, but join forces again when a punk, vampires, a giant sloth, and other creatures come after them on the streets of a New York City of the future.  (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Schmidt, Gary D. Trouble
Fourteen-year-old Henry, wishing to honor his brother Franklin's dying wish, sets out to hike Maine's Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. But fate adds another companion--the Cambodian refugee accused of fatally injuring Franklin--and reveals troubles that predate the accident. (SLJ gr 7-10)

Sherlock, Patti. Letters from Wolfie
Certain that he is doing the right thing by donating his dog, Wolfie, to the Army's scout program in Vietnam, thirteen-year-old Mark begins to have second thoughts when the Army refuses to say when and if Wolfie will ever return. (SLJ gr 5-9)

Smiley, Jane. The Georges and the Jewels
Seventh-grader Abby Lovitt grows up on her family's California horse ranch in the 1960s, learning to train the horses her father sells and trying to reconcile her strict religious upbringing with her own ideas about life.  A continuing series. (SLJ gr. 5-8)

Stiefvater, Maggie.  The Scorpio Races
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. (SLJ gr. 8+)

Townsend, Wendy. Lizard Love.
Grace, a teenager, and her mother have moved to Manhattan where she feels alienated and out of place, far from the ponds and farm where she grew up playing with bullfrogs and lizards, until she finds Fang & Claw, a reptile store, and meets the owner's son, Walter. (SLJ gr 6 - 9)

Whitney, Kim Ablon. The Perfect Distance
While competing in the three junior national equitation championships, seventeen-year-old Francie Martinez learns to believe in herself and makes some decisions about the type of person she wants to be. (SLJ gr 8+)