A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends in this “elegantly spare novel about the healing power of dogs and love” (Publishers Weekly), from the Newbery-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall.
Zoe’s family rescues dogs in need. There is always the sweet smell of dog and a warm body looking to cuddle or play. There is always a new dog to be saved, and loved. Fur flies everywhere. It covers everything. Zoe’s house is never silent.
The house across the street is always silent these days. A new family has moved in and Phillip, the boy, has stopped speaking. He doesn’t even want to try.
Saving dogs and saving boys may be different jobs, but Zoe learns that some parts are the same. Both take attention and care. They take understanding and time. And maybe just a bit of white fur flying.
From Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, White Fur Flying is an endearing tale of companionship and hope that is “beautifully told, quietly moving, and completely satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews).
Patricia MacLachlan (1938–2022) was the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s Story; Edward’s Eyes; The True Gift; Waiting for the Magic; White Fur Flying; Fly Away; and Snow Horses. She lived in western Massachusetts.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 8, 2014)
Length: 144 pages
Grades: 2 - 6
Ages: 7 - 11
Lexile ® 590L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
"MacLachlan delivers yet another understated, quietly inspirational chapter book with this tale.... This is tailor-made for beginning readers looking for a gentle handling of powerfully felt emotions."
* "Beautifully told, quietly moving and completely satisfying."
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"MacLachlan crafts an elegantly spare novel about the healing power of dogs and love.... A graceful and quiet narrative with keen observations on how time and affection can remedy pain."
– Publishers Weekly
"MacLachlan shares with young audiences a touching story of compassion, trust, and patience. She weaves the themes of family and friendship throughout the narrative, peppering her well-paced plot with sufficient tension and avoiding an overdramatization of its climax. Like many of the author’s best stories, this one is told simply and gently with touches of light humor. The clear prose, combined with the brevity of the narrative, make the book an ideal selection for young readers, reluctant readers, and animal lovers everywhere. Children will feel satisfied as they discover that both dogs and boys can be rescued, and many will be pleasantly surprised that they can also rescue one another."
– School Library Journal
Awards and Honors
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
Keystone to Reading Book Award Reading List (PA)
William Allen White Children's Book Award Reading List (KS)
Nutmeg Book Award Nominee (CT)
Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
Children's Sequoyah Book Award Master List (OK)
Land of Enchantment RoadRunner Award Nominee (NM)
ALA Notable Children's Book Nominee
Sunshine State Young Readers' Award List (FL)
Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominee
Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Nominee (OR)
Gate City Book Award Nominee (NH)
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
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