Published by Tiger Tales
Summary: Rolo starts life with a cruel owner, often tied up in the backyard with a rope and without enough food. He finally runs away but finds life as a stray to be a precarious existence. After his friend and mentor Scrap is taken away to the pound, Rolo takes shelter in a shed where he is discovered by a girl named Freya. Freya lives with her single mother, who is stressed by her many responsibilities and isn’t sure about adding an untrained puppy to the household. Freya and Rolo’s obvious love for each other finally wins her over, and after a series of mishaps, Rolo finally gets some training. His presence brings some changes to the household, and Mom finds a career that makes all of them happier. 192 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: I always enjoy a good dog-narrated story, and this one is particularly heartwarming, especially for readers who, like Rolo, may not always succeed at carrying out their good intentions. This is book 2 in a series whose subject matter and relatively low page count is sure to appeal to a wide range of elementary readers.
Cons: I wish there had been more illustrations besides the same picture of Rolo at the head of each chapter. Also, Mom’s overnight career switch from accountant to dogwalker seemed a bit fiscally risky.