Cover image for Ginger / by Kate Klimo ; illustrated by Tim Jessell.
Ginger / by Kate Klimo ; illustrated by Tim Jessell.

1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 2013.
Physical Description:
147 p. ; 18 cm.
Ginger the golden retriever narrates the story of her life, from her birth in a puppy mill through the various people who have "owned" her.
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KLI Paperback Junior Animals Fiction
KLI Paperback Junior Animals Fiction
KLI Paperback Junior Animals Fiction

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"Born in a puppy mill, Ginger the golden retriever looks back on her life and the various people who have "owned" her. Abruptly separated from her mother, littermates, and the wire cage that was her whole world, Ginger is shuttled from one harrowing situation to another until she finally escapes, living as an outlaw with a pack of wild dogs. But freedom doesn't feel so good once she becomes hungry and cold and sick. Will Ginger ever find a  furever  family to call her own? With realistic black-and-white illustrations by renowned illustrator Tim Jessel, and an appendix featuring information about puppy mills, breed rescue groups, animal shelters, choosing a pet, and the history of golden retrievers, dog-crazy early middle-grade readers will  beg  for more!"

Author Notes

Bonnie Worth is a published author of children's books. It is one of the pen names of Kate Klimo, who was also Vice President and Publisher of Random House Children's Books. Her titles include One Cent, Two Cents, Old Cent, New Cent: All About Money (Cat in the Hat's Learning Libry), Bear in Air (Pooh Adorables), Who Cares? Pooh Cares! In 2014 her title, Oh, Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? made the New York Times Best Seller List. Her most recent book is Hark! a Shark!: All about Sharks.

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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ginger, a guileless and energetic golden retriever, shares her peripatetic story in this spirited and occasionally heavy-handed first book in the Dog Diaries series. Born in a puppy mill, Ginger is transported to a pet store and separated from her litter mates; a couple buys her as a Christmas gift for their toddler. After the tyke bangs Ginger's tail with a toy hammer, the puppy gives the boy's hand "just the tiniest nip, enough to let him know not to try that again." It's also enough to convince the boy's parents to take Ginger to an animal shelter. Following an ill-fated adoption, Ginger escapes and lives with a pack of wild dogs until a kindly man who rescues dogs takes her in. The novel has heart as well as a mission: in addition to Ginger's heart-tugging recounting of maltreatment and misunderstandings, Klimo (the Dragon Keepers series) includes none-too-subtle lectures from veterinarians and other dog-loving adults, and an appendix offers information about golden retrievers, puppy mills, animal shelters, and choosing a dog. Simultaneously available: Buddy. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 9-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In the first book in this new series, golden retriever Ginger, born in a puppy mill, endures several unfortunate encounters with humans before landing with a responsible owner. In book two, German shepherd Buddy tells the story, based on actual events, about her rigorous training as the first guide dog. Pleasing black-and-white illustrations (and in Buddy some archival photos), breed history, and rescue information enhance each story. [Review covers these Dog Diaries titles: Buddy and Ginger.] (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.