Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Strays by Ron Koertge

Publisher: Candlewick
Publish Date:  May 8, 2007
ISBN:  978-0763627058
Pages:  176
Jacket Photography: Veer (boy) and Patricia Doyle (dog)

Ted O'Connor is 16yo and new to the foster care system.  His parents died in a car accident.  They ran a pet store and had LOTS of animals living in their home.  Ted was called "Litterbox Ted" on more than one occasion at school.  His parents cared for many things, but not necessarily Ted first:  his dad cared for money and women and his mom cared for the animals.

Ted has a weird ability to communicate with animals and I suppose he learns some lessons from their conversations.  He figures out how to toe the line in his foster home until he graduates, how to get along, takes pointers from his foster brother and makes friends.

It was a bit of an odd book, but not bad.  I think that Ted talking to the animals threw me a bit.  Without that, I would have liked it a lot more.

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