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Dog Days by Karen English (The Carver Chronicles #1) (Paperback)

Dog Days by Karen English (The Carver Chronicles #1) (Paperback)

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Early Reader / Chapter Books - Ages 6-9

Illustrated by: Laura Freeman

Published: 10/14/2014 - 128 pages

From the creators of the acclaimed Nikki and Deja stories, the first book in a charming and funny new series featuring the boys of Carver Elementary, a lost dog, a thieving bully, an annoying big sister, and skateboarding.

It's tough being the new kid at Carver Elementary. Gavin had lots of friends at his old school, but the kids here don't even know that he's good at skateboarding, or how awesome he is at soccer. And when his classmate Richard comes over and the boys end up in trouble, not only does Gavin risk losing his one new friend, but he has to take care of his great-aunt Myrtle's horrible little dog as punishment. How is he ever going to prove he's cool with a yappy little Pomeranian wearing a pink bow at his side?


Karen English is a Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author and retired elementary school teacher. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


Laura Freeman has illustrated many books for children. She grew up in New York City and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two young sons. For more information visit

“Freeman’s upbeat spot illustrations and English’s accessibly storytelling target the book to emerging independent readers.” Publishers Weekly

"Black-and-white spot illustrations break up the text and make this an accessible book for emerging chapter-book readers." -Booklist
"Chapter book readers have few options if they want to read about urban boys of color; here's hoping for more about Gavin and his friends."
-Horn Book Magazine
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