Wild & Chance by Allen Zadoff

Published by Disney Hyperion

Thanks to Disney Hyperion for providing me with a copy of this book to review

Wild & Chance: Allen Zadoff: 9781368053198: Amazon.com: Books

Summary:  She has no memory of her life before waking up on a sinking yacht.  Soon she meets a boy named Chance who names her Wild and vows to look after her, even though he’s in foster care and living in a group home.  It soon becomes obvious that Wild is an extraordinary dog.  She and Chance learn to communicate via electronics, and their conversations are picked up by Junebug, a girl hacker with a mysterious past…but some skills Chance and Wild need to survive.  As the three race from one place to the next, constantly pursued by the military organization bent on destroying Wild, they start to piece together the dog’s past and what it might mean for all of their futures.  In the end, Wild is on her own once again, but with hints that there may be more to come in her story.  256 pages; grades 4-7.

Pros:  A dog narrator, non-stop action, and many, many narrow escapes…what’s not to like?  Kids will find themselves caught up in this exciting story from chapter one, and will keep the pages turning all the way to the end, which will no doubt have them hoping for book 2.

Cons:  There are some pretty dark secrets in Wild’s past, and (spoiler alert) she has been bred to kill.  I generally enjoy quite a bit of humor with a dog narrator, but no such luck here.

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