Author: Salisbury, Graham
Danny, a rising rodeo star whose border collie, Banjo, has been wounded by neighbors, and Meg, who has a way with animals, come together to keep Banjo safe, aided by Danny's brother.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 508665
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
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Booklist - 10/01/2019 After a neighboring rancher reports that Danny’s dog, Banjo, was seen chasing down his sheep, a sheriff arrives to take Banjo away. Thirteen-year-old Danny knows the penalty for dogs chasing livestock and pleads for his border collie’s life. When that fails, he offers to shoot his dog himself. Unable to do so, he and his brother secretly scare Banjo off into a forest far from home. Later, 13-year-old Molly finds the traumatized collie. She takes him home, helps him heal, and tries to find his owners. Meanwhile, Danny faces a series of ethical dilemmas and, discovering that he can’t live with his lies, tries to set things right. The author of Under the Blood-Red Sun (1994), Eyes of the Emperor (2005), and the Calvin Coconut series, Salisbury sets his latest book in Oregon, where he lives, though the first 19 were set in Hawaii, where he grew up. Danny’s and Molly’s first-person narratives shuttle back and forth, telling Banjo’s story while revealing plenty about themselves. An absorbing novel with a distinctive setting. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.