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Author: Coggin, Linda
This tale of a girl who comes back to Earth as a dog is a nuanced portrait of death, love, grief, and hope.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.10
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 188572
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/16)
School Library Journal (10/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 Gr 5–8—A beautiful and lyrical story about grief and healing. Twelve-year-old Daisy Fellows has died. Almost immediately, she finds herself in a soul-reassignment center. She is returned to Earth, not as a human but as a dog. Daisy, soon renamed Ray, can remember her life as a girl and is determined to reunite with her parents. On her way, she meets a boy named Pip, a runaway who is living on the streets, and together they set out to locate their families. The narrative grapples with some weighty themes but portrays them all with empathy and kindness. Pip and Daisy are allowed to grieve at their own pace, and both take solace in each other's company. As Daisy dedicates herself to helping Pip, her memories of her life before slowly begin to fade away. Far from being sad, this feels more like a reprieve from the complicated and painful emotions of her past. The transition is deftly accomplished, and Coggin's well-crafted prose is authentic and moving. Aside from a rather one-dimensional depiction of the sole antagonistic character, the novel is populated with engaging secondary characters who all assist Pip and Daisy along their journey. VERDICT A tender and heartfelt tale that is sure to delight dog-loving readers or anyone who likes their happy endings to be hard-earned.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/15/2016 Life is full of surprises and so, it turns out, is death. When 12-year-old Daisy Fellows dies in a car accident, she finds herself in the waiting room of a job center that is tasked with assigning souls to new bodies on earth. Unfortunately, she enters the wrong door after receiving her assignment and comes back as a puppy, but with Daisy’s memories. Coggin’s interesting tweak of the dog-story formula makes the now-canine narrator more relatable because she is equipped with human knowledge and sensibilities. Daisy escapes from her blasé adoptive family, hoping to reunite with her human parents, but instead finds a loving owner in Pip, a homeless boy, who names her Ray. The relationship they forge is sweet and affecting, particularly as she accompanies Pip on his search for his father, whom he has never met. The longer Daisy lives as Ray, the more her human memories fade and dog instincts develop. Readers will be invested in Daisy/Ray’s evolution as she finds purpose in her new life. Warm and thought-provoking. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.