Little Kid Books | The Dog, Ray by Linda Coggin

rayGoodreads Blurb: A girl, a dog, a boy, a journey

‘When my death came, it was swift. Swift as a racing horse.’

Twelve-year-old Daisy has just died in a car crash. But in a twist of fate, and through a heavenly bureaucratic mistake, Daisy ends up not where she is supposed to be – but in the body of a dog. Daisy may now be inhabiting a dog’s body, but inside she is still very much Daisy, and is as bouncy, loyal, positive and energetic as she ever was.

Daisy’s only thought is to somehow be reunited with her parents, whom she knows will be missing her. This is how she meets Pip, a boy who is homeless and on his own journey, and a lasting, tender and very moving friendship between boy and dog/girl is formed.

My Musings: I held off on reading this book because I was worried that this would be a tear-jerker, but it actually wasn’t too hard emotionally. The story follows Ray, a young girl who died in a car crash and is reincarnated as a dog. She soon meets Pip, a homeless boy who is on a quest to find his long lost father.

I appreciated that this book tackled some harder issues, such as youth homelessness. However while there are some grim realities sprinkled throughout this book, the ending was unrealistically ideal. I would have liked to have seen the story continue with its realistic feel. Nonetheless what better age than middle grade for perfectly concluded stories. 4/5

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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