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A Dog Called Homeless

March HareA Dog Called Homeless
by Sarah Lean

So far we have received 29 reviews of A Dog Called Homeless. You can read them below.

megan from Year 6, Adwick Park Junior School:

i am so sad that it did not get though.

Marks out of 10: 8

chloe from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

WOW!!!
What a book that was just amazing. to be honest i dont know
where to start...

I never used to like animal books but now i know i do it was
just so, so amazing in every way you can think of. Well at
least i know i like sad storys with a cheerful loving ending. I
think sarah lean is a wonderful writer and that is one of the
best books i have read doing doncaster book award, well out of
any book really.

This is a little of information on what this book is about i do
hope you dont mind me telling you.
There is a girl called cally and her mum dies(you'll find out
in the ending of the book how she dies). she keeps on seeing
her, but every time she she sees her there is a strange hound
always behind her but sadily no one belives her. She takes a
challange at school to raise some money for poorly childrens
wishes to come true all they have to do is be quiet for a whole
day. but cally goes on she dosent speek for 31 days and that is
all i must tell you. oh and cally has to move too and she meets
a new friend called sam who is blind and deff who also makes
the story intresting too.

i do hope that you read this book(a dog called homeless) and
find out about more what happens in the story and if cally gets
her dream dog or not. even if you dont like animal storys like
i did at first but i promise you will love it. :)





Marks out of 10: 10

Jasmine from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Summary: Cally's mum was killed in a car crash. No one would
believe Cally was telling the truth about seeing her mum's
ghost so she stopped speaking for 31 days. Cally made friends
with Sam, Jed and a dog called Homeless and together they
discovered that Homeless was meant to be Cally's dog - a
present from her Mum.

The thing I liked most about this book is that it is really
unique and I haven't read anything like it before.

My favourite character would be Cally because she is brave,
kind and sometimes funny even though she feels sad.

I would recommend this book because it's interesting which
makes it a pleasure to read.

Marks out of 10: 9

Hollie from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

A dog called Homeless is a really sad book. It is about a girl
named Cally, Cally does a sponsered silence and no one thinks
she can do it but she can! Cally moves into a new flat and
makes a friend called sam who is blind and deaf. I really
enjoyed this book and i rate it 10-10 !

Marks out of 10: 10

Ciara from Year 5, Owston Park Primary School:

I found this book very exciting.

Marks out of 10: 10

Jenni from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

When i first started reading this book i found it very
intresting but as the story went on i found it getting a bit
more boring, but there was still bits that kept me intrested
and made me carry on reading. I would reccomend this book to
people who like sad and heartbrake stories and who dont mind a
few tears!!

Marks out of 10: 7

maggie from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This is a heartwarming story, about a girl who won't talk after
this sponsered silence at school. She dosn't talk at home
ether. YOU MUST READ IT!

Marks out of 10: 10

sophie from Year 6, Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough:

I really enjoyed this book because it is so interesting and it
was so good and i was looking forwed to this book and i would
like to read a book and i am reading chittybangbang. i want to
read it again!

Marks out of 10: 10

Ciara from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I thought this book was an amazing story. My favourite part was
when Homless met Cally at school and then steals the teachers
glasses. I thought it was really and really sad at some parts i
love this book! I think Sam and Cally were best friends and
could not be seperated. When Cally had to move house she was
devistated because that was filled with some of her best
memories from her mum before she passed away and i felt
devistated for her and her brother and father.

Marks out of 10: 10

jessica from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This book was really good I found it was a very good storyline.
if found it was very good how the story followed on.

Marks out of 10: 8

Grace from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This book is a very good easy read.
It is very interesting but sad throughout. All in all this is a
good.

Marks out of 10: 7

Leah from Year 5, Balby Central Primary:

Beautiful but very sad my mum litteraly cried :)

Marks out of 10: 10

lucy from Year 5, Bessacarr Primary School:

I think this book is really good it is about a girl who sees
her mother at The same time she sees a dog it is really
interesting from lucy

Marks out of 10: 10

Ellie from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I REALLY REALLY ENJOYED READING THIS BOOK!!!!! I wonder if
Cally stays in touch with her best friend? Eventhough it was so
depressing, this book was a pleasure to read..... AMAZING!

Marks out of 10: 10

Georgia from Year 6, Montagu Academy:

WOW A Dog Called Homeless!
This book is about a young girl called Cally,her mum had died
the following year.Cally can see her mum but nobody will belive
her.Cally does a sponserd silence
for charity A dog named Homeless keeps following Cally but her
dad hates dogs!.Cally stops talking foe 31 days!Cally"s dad
tells her they have to move house.At Cally"s new house she
meets a new friend called Sam he"s blind and deaf.He has to use
special cards to talk.

Marks out of 10: 9

ellie from Year 6, Saltersgate Junior School:

I am speechless.....! It was the most heart-touching book I
have ever read in my life especially at the end when... I wont
spoil it for you incase you do read it. I couldn't believe
Cally did a sponsered silence for ....31 days!

Marks out of 10: 10

Elizabeth from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I like this book because it is good to read and you can
understand the story line . I gave this book 7 out of 10
because I like it but I dont like that the mum has died because
it is very upseting . But overall I like this book and I would
recomend it to older poeple at the age of 13 .

Marks out of 10: 7

charity from Year 6, St Peter's Catholic Primary School:

This book is one of the best books I have read so far. I really
found it interesting when no one believed the daughter when
everything she was saying was true.
I couldn't put the book down at some points.
Mark out of 10 = 9.5.
I would recommend this book to 10+ so they can get more into
the story when they read it.

Marks out of 10: 10

Alex from Year 6, Hatfield Sheep Dip Primary School:

I throughghly enjoyed this book and its charters seemed real
but were a bit perfect. It was very realistic about how a yougy
girl would feel after her mum had died the year bafore. Cally
the main charter has a lovely bubbley personality.Her
describion was very detailed as well as this it helped me
picture the character properly. My favourite character was Sam
because even though he was deaf and blind he understood Cally
better than her dad. Futhermore he is very brave because he has
to have a heart opertion. The best thing about him is that he
knew that her mum was there for her although she was dead which
was very touching. It was amazing how sad but cheerful it was.
I can not image what it would be like in Cally's situion. She
very postive about everything even when her dad makes her move
out of mum's old home.Cally loves homeless (the dog) very
dearly because he reminds her of mum. I like this book because
Homeless finally gets to live with them.

Marks out of 10: 7

amelia from Year 6, Hatfield Sheep Dip Primary School:

I have read the dog called homeless. my favourite part about
the book was when Daniel said "Mum, did you find that dog in
heaven?". I like the illustrations also the characters seem
like real people. I thought the book was really great.

Marks out of 10: 8

Elizabeth from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I like this book because it is about a dog and it is a good
story line and I like the pictures. The bit I don't like is
when it says that the mum has died because it is upsetting.
One improvement is the pictures could be in colour. I do like
this book though, I gave it 7 out of 10 because I didnt get to
finish the book and I would have liked to finish it .

Marks out of 10: 7

Dilara from Year 6, Bessacarr Primary School:

Dilara Mayil
Year 6bp

A Dog Called Homeless
By Sarah Lean



When I first got this book my eyes spotted the cover
straightaway. At the beginning, where the adventure begins, I
couldn’t actually get into the book, but I persuaded myself
to carry on and I was glad I did.

This book is heartbreakingly beautiful and I couldn’t stop
myself crying. The story is about a girl called Cally and she
saw her mum at the cemetery ( who died last year in a car
crash) bright and real and… alive!!!
However, no-one belived her so Cally stopped talking.

Then, a mysterious grey wolfhound started to follow her
everywhere! If you read this book, it will show you how
special friends can heal your heart...

Marks out of 10: 10

Simran &Elle from Year 6, Bessacarr Primary School:

Wow! What a book.
At first I wasn’t really into the book but I was wrong. It
was amazing! The front cover was the bit that caught my eyes. I
couldn’t stop staring at the book when I realised there was a
dog in it. The bit that most touched my heart was when it said
that her mum had died… well you will see how she died if you
read this book (A Dog called Homeless)


This is a brief story line to what happened in the story.
Don’t worry we wont give that much of the story away. This is
what happened…
A Young girl called Cally loses her mum in a accident and
recently she has been seeing her bright, real and alive. She
has been telling her friends all about seeing her mum but no
one believes her. So Cally stops talking and tries to keep it
in. Now a mysterious grey wolfhound has started following Cally
everywhere. Will the dog be able to tell the truth?

Marks out of 10: 9

Marie from Year 6, Barnburgh Primary School:

This book was amazing It made me feel different emotions at the
same time at one part I felt like I was going to CRY it was so
sad. I recomend sarah lean to any one who likes an outstanding
book. I can't wait to read any of her future books. This book
was defently for me don't know about you but this book is
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

caitlin from Year 5, Owston Park Primary School:

i realy love this book but it is very sad!!!!!!( boo hoo)

Marks out of 10: 10

Charlotte from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

A Dog called Homeless was ok, but I found it hard to get into.
Once I got into the story I found it inetresting.

The book was very intresting. It shows you how important and
special friends are.
In the story a grey wolfhound follows Cally Louise Fisher
around.
I would recommend this book to younger and older readers.

Marks out of 10: 7

Sammie from Year 6:

It was quite good but boring as well. It is like Micheal
Morpurgo, only good when read to you

Marks out of 10: 9

Brittany from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I liked this book because its a real story and bits throughout
the book are very sad. The Dog is my favourite character in
the book. I don't usually get books like this, I normailly
choose girly books, but I found out that I actually enjoyed
this type of story. I thought I'd hate it because there are
hardly any pictures and i think pictures help you understand a
story better. I thought it would take ages to read but it
didn't because once you start reading you can't stop. I would
give this book a nine out of ten.

Marks out of 10: 9

abi from Year 5, Owston Park Primary School:

i found that book incredibly amazing im quite sad that this
book didnt get through a dog called homeless really touched me
i will be happy to read it again sometime this book was truly
incredibly

Marks out of 10: 10

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