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Dogsbody
by Diana Wynne Jones (more about Diana Wynne Jones) 766/1 first published 1975
Fantasy and Magic for ages 9 to 14 published by Collins
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Usually dispatched within 24 hours
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
A dog called Leo, who is really an immortal called Sirius, must clear his name of murder before his life-span ends!
What happens?
Falsely accused of murder Sirius the Lord of the Dog Star is reborn into the body of a dog. He has only the dog's life-span to find out who is to blame. He is saved from drowning by Kathleen, who has a hard life and dearly loves her little dog. But Sirius is not an ordinary dog and causes havoc in the lives of those around him. Will he be able to remember and solve the puzzle of who framed him before his many human enemies end his life?
Is it easy to read?
A good reader should find this a great choice of reading material and the longer text will stretch those not used to more lengthy novels.
Anything else?
This is an unusual story and as ever with Diana Wynne Jones a joy to read. She t6akes us on a helter-skelter ride of life through a dog's eyes when that dog is desperate to be more than human!
Other books by Diana Wynne Jones include A Sudden Wild Magic, A Tale of Time City, Archer's Goon, Black Maria, Cart and Cwidder, Castle in the Air, Charmed Life, Deep Secret, Drowned Ammet, Eight Days of Luke, Fantasy Stories, Fire and Hemlock, Hexwood, Hidden Turnings, Howl's Moving Castle, Minor Arcana, Mixed Magics, Power of Three, The Crown of Dalemark, The Dark Lord of Derkholm, The Homeward Bounders, The Lives of Christopher Chant, The Magicians of Caprona, The Merlin Conspiracy, The Ogre Downstairs, The Spellcoats, The Time of the Ghost, The Tough Guide to Fantasy Land, The Year of the Griffin, Wild Robert, Wilkin's Tooth, Witch Week.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
There is reborn into the body of a puppy and learns that he has the life-span of that creature to recover the missing murder weapon. If he fails, he will die. He is adopted by Kathleen, who has no idea that her beloved Leo' is anything more than an abandoned stray. She is a loving owner, but an unwanted guest in a family who mostly resent her presence. Sirius soon learns that he has enemies amongst the humans as well as amongst the unearthly beings who sentenced him. How on earth can he clear his name without his special powers?
And what do you think?
Rachel Hurd, Dunedin, New Zealand
Hi Mrs Mad, as I seem to be stuck in your site, trapped in Dogsbody...a bit spooky! I just thought I'd say that I recommend Dogsbody - it was one of my favourite books when I was a kid, and I read it over and over. The plot is well paced, with plenty of
Hannah, Vancouver
This book is about Sirius who is sent down to Earth for loosing the zoi and is reborn in a dog"s body. He is taken in by a wonderful girl named Kathleen but she has her own troubles in the house alone... I thought Dogsbody was excellent. I would hig More...
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