Molly's Story (A Puppy Tale #3)

by W Bruce Cameron (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: A Puppy Tale
Meet Molly--a very special dog with a very important purpose--featured in A Dog's Journey, soon to be a major motion picture! Young readers will love this story in the popular A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tales series by bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron. Molly knows that her purpose is to take care of her girl, C.J., but it won't be easy. Neglected by her mother, Gloria, who won't allow her to have a dog, C.J. is going through some tough times. Molly's job is to stay hidden in C.J.'s room, cuddle up to her at night, and protect her from bad people. And no matter what Gloria does to separate them, nothing will keep Molly away from the girl that she loves. Adorable black-and-white illustrations by Richard Cowdrey bring Molly and her world to life. Also includes a discussion and activity guide that will help promote family and classroom discussions about Molly's Story and the insights it provides about humankind's best friends.
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School Library Journal

Gr 3-5--A serious and perhaps overly emotional tale about a young girl named C.J. and her new puppy, Molly. In the same style as Cameron's previous "A Dog's Purpose" iterations, this addition is presented through a dog's-eye view, as Molly attempts to understand the world of her human. C.J. must keep Molly a secret from her extremely inattentive mother, Gloria. This is where the narrative takes a turn. Gloria is an extravagant spender who leaves her daughter unattended while she escapes on weekend ski trips. C.J. runs away for several weeks after a confrontation with her mother's boyfriend, and, oddly, Gloria does not report her daughter's disappearance or even speak to C.J.'s school. While the concept of having a hidden pet may attract young readers, some of the finer details of the plot are over-the-top and confusing. VERDICT Purchase where fans of Ellie's Story and other installments in this series are popular; a nonessential addition otherwise.--Ashley Selima, Lincoln Public Library, RI

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Review quotes

Cameron has written other books about dogs for adults, and this one is a charming and delightful story about what it means to be a working dog.... The book is a must for middle school libraries. —VOYA 4Q 4P M on Ellie's Story

A fine read for young animal lovers. —School Library Journal on Ellie's Story: A Dog's Purpose

An amazing book. —Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple on A Dog's Purpose

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Starscape Books
Publication date
July 20, 2017
A Puppy Tale
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV039010 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Physical & Emotional Abuse
Library of Congress categories
Human-animal relationships
Mothers and daughters
Child abuse

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