The Dog with Golden Eyes
After Cassie’s dad walks out, Cassie and her mom must make it on their own. While her mom waitresses at the local diner, Cassie takes care of the laundry and cooking after school. She has always wanted a dog, more than anything in the world, but her mother has always refused. Who would take care of a dog? Feed it? And, most importantly, pay for its food, supplies, and trips to the vet? But one day, Cassie’s dream cautiously sniffs its way into her yard—and into her life. Cassie decides this big dog will be her best friend, even if it means secretly getting a job to pay for the huge quantity of food he eats.
Quickly Cassie learns that Toklata, as she names her new friend, is a big responsibility—and that he may not be a sled dog at all but an Arctic wolf! The Dog with Golden Eyes is filled with fascinating facts about wolves and their behavior as well as some important lessons about responsibility.
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Praise and Prizes
“Cassie’s plight is not new: she wants a dog and her mother won’t allow it. Cassie is trying to ‘adopt’ a stray without her mother finding out. However, this particular ‘aristocratic’ looking canine . . . is actually an arctic wolf. . . . This tale is chock full of information about dog and wolf behavior.”
“Engaging and knowledgeably written. . . . Readers will understand both Cassie’s yearning to keep Toklata and inarguable reasons why it’s better for both of them if she didn’t.”
“A readable, engaging novel with special appeal for animal lovers.”
“An old-fashioned theme that anyone can embrace.”
“The story concludes with an exciting climax. . . . This novel is an easy read that will appeal to animal lovers and reluctant readers.”