by Larry Levine
Dog lovers will find this book both difficult to read and heartwarming. It is the true story of a dog and his family. Oogy is a pit bull rescue dog who was taken to a veterinarian after being horribly maimed. Although the author and veterinarians who treated Oogy do not know the exact circumstances that led to his life threatening injuries, they speculate he was a bait dog for a dog fighting ring. Though only a few months old when brought to the animal shelter, people at the shelter recognized Oogy was something special. In Oogy they saw an undaunted spirit and a gentle nature despite the abuse he endured. The bulk of the book is about how Oogy became a part of the Levin family and how the family members bonded with this incredible creature. This is a book worth reading.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.