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The sheep closed in around him like a big, woolly blanket. The
puppy had never been so scared or so excited in his life. Soon
he was racing, feinting, dodging - learning what it means to be
one of the proud breed of Border collies, the finest sheepherders
in the world. Then, almost overnight, his life is turned upside
down. He finds himself in a series of strange places, with no
sheep, his family gone. With nothing but the courage he was
born with and a dream, he searches for the life he once knew,
gathering names and adventures as he goes. For a short time,
he's called Blackie. To the Goat Man, he's Shep. To Hollerin,
he's Spot. There's one name that threatens to forever haunt
him - Sparky, the name Billy the circus man calls him when he
reaches for the whip. But there's another name that he is given,
one that finally makes him feel at home . . .

Known for her rich character development, the author brings
all her skills to delving into the mind of a clever, philosophical,
and hopeful dog searching for a home.

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published on March 21, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374367779
ISBN-13: 9780374367770
7 Book Reviews
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  • lumos
    lumosSunday, January 7, 2018 at 11:22 am55 stars
    This is probably one of my favorite books. Jack the Dog (also referred to as Blackie, Spot, and Sparkie) is a puppy who gets separated from his parents. Join Jack as he struggles with living on the streets and missing his old owner, Bob. Enjoy this heartwarming book!
    • sydney972024
      sydney972024Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9:29 am
      You should read the book because it is tell you the dog want to make friend. The dog want to have a good luck to find a friend with a dog .
      • loubiscuit
        loubiscuitTuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12:24 pm
        Again, I had to read this for my program. I love how Valerie Hobbs got into the character of the dogs. Then again, I always thought she could be part dog. 😜
        • honey1e1
          honey1e1Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4:45 pm55 stars
          i love this book and i also like these funny books that have one word tittles like HOOT
          • 2503dance
            2503danceFriday, April 26, 2013 at 7:10 am55 stars
            This looks like a great book and i love valerie hobbs books! plus i also love dogs and i wonder what this book is about?
            • unknown22
              unknown22Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 5:44 am
              I love that book. (tear tear tear).
              • boulder
                boulderSaturday, October 20, 2012 at 6:21 am
                I just got this last week. My friends said its good. I will write a reveiw when im done with it.