by Phyllis Naylor
This boy and a dog tale is well-written in that it will bring you right into a back country culture and the dilemma of animals being mistreated. A lot of thought went into the book and various issues of conscience are brought to the fore, but I cannot say they are satisfactorily resolved. Besides some issues with language, there is the mention of Christianity and some church-goers’ habits in a very superficial, somewhat condescending, “old-fashioned” way. The author, in fact, seems to even question the foundation of what is moral and right, raising questions that are too complex for the intended audience to resolve without discussion.
Not recommended for young readers.
Recommended only with discussion for young teens.