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By turns humorous, poignant, and moving, this tale of a girl who comes back to Earth as a dog is a nuanced portrait of death, love, grief, and hope.

When my death came it was swift. Swift as a running horse. It wasted no time.

Daisy, age twelve, has died in a car accident. She finds herself in the afterworld, which resembles nothing more than a job center. Her soul is being returned to Earth, but not as a human being—she’s returning as a dog. A dog who retains Daisy’s thoughts and pluck and is determined to get back to her parents and to get back home. What she doesn’t expect is that life as a dog named Ray would come with such worries—and moments of jubilation—as she grows to care for others in a whole new way. Told in a compelling first-person voice, Linda Coggin’s incredible novel touches on loyalty and freedom, connection and acceptance, and is sure to stay with readers long after the story is done.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on November 1, 2016 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763679380
ISBN-13: 9780763679385
1 Book Review
  • magicwolf
    magicwolfFriday, December 6, 2019 at 8:50 am44 stars
    This might not be a good book for younger readers, because there is death. But Daisy Fellow's death was very fast, as fast as a running horse. And now she needs to find a way back to her parents, after that tragic car accident in which human Daisy died, and came back to earth as a dog. How long will it take to become a owned pet?