FICTION

Voyage of the Dogs.

HarperCollins. Sept. 2018. 224p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062686008.
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Gr 3-6–The Martian meets The Incredible Journey. Lopside loves his job aboard the spaceship Laika. It is his responsibility to make sure there are no rats on board and to crawl into spaces that larger dogs and humans can't fit into. But when something goes very wrong in space it is up to Lopside and his fellow dogs, Daisy, Bug, and Champion, to find their people and stay alive long enough to complete their mission. Good dogs always complete their mission. Filled with scientific accuracy and the right amount of whimsy, readers will root for the underdogs throughout this fantastical adventure. Each dog has a unique personality which holds true to typical breed standards. The use of translation devices so that humans can understand “dog speak” is nothing new but is well done as a storytelling device. The over-arching themes of teamwork and trust work together to build a hopeful narrative.
VERDICT A fun and heartwarming tale, good for dog lovers and science aficionados alike.
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