The Dogs

The Dogs

Book - 2015
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"Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that’s what Cameron’s been told. When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew — including his own sanity. What’s hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart"
Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2015.
ISBN: 9781443128308
Branch Call Number: FIC Strat
Characteristics: 282 p.


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Apr 20, 2017

Stratton is an amazing Canadian author, and I’ve never been disappointed by any of his novels. “The Dogs” is one of my absolute favourite books of all time. The book follows the suspenseful story of a boy and his mother, who are on the run and hiding from their emotionally abusive and psychotic father. Stratton writes the fear and horror of trying to escape a stalker so well, that visualizing the main character’s emotions as the plot unfolds is incredibly easy. The book has a few subplots that keep the story interesting and mysterious, with one of my favourites being that of the “ghost boy.” The only thing I would complain about is the abrupt ending, though I see how most people would be pleased with this ending anyways. Overall, this book is incredibly written, with just the right amount of suspense and mystery to keep you reading. I would rate it a 9.5/10.
- @Sonorous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I absolutely adored this book! This was like, the best book ever. I have my own copy at home, and I read it every-so-often. I just love everything that happened, and it's an amazing psychological horror that actually reflects towards and for teens. The Dogs speaks to young adults in an eye-opening manner and really relates to kids. In the book, Cameron, a 16-year-old, has divorced parents. The story is based between him and his father, who is oddly and abnormally obsessed with him. This book satisfies all levels of horror for a young teen. The Dogs will be one of my favourite books of all-time.
- @SecretBlossom of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 18, 2017

This book was a little strange.
The home life of present characters parallel lives of the past. I wasn't sure which way the story was going because of the bad things happening in present and in the past.
I wouldn't say it was a bad book, just probably not my idea of excitable reading.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 05, 2016

Young Adult novel about teen boy on the run with his mom from an abusive dad. He meets a ghost of young boy in a farm house who once had an abusive dad. The book is well written and suspenseful, the narrator (the teen boy) and the reader aren't sure if what is happening is real or not until the end. Very enjoyable!

SPL_Childrens Jun 22, 2016

A full review can be found in the "Summary" section. The review was published in the Stratford Gazette in May 2016.

Jan 04, 2016

This is an awesome book! I love the surprises and how the themes were put together :D !

bandblair Oct 29, 2015

Excellent fast-paced read that will keep you hooked until the last page.


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ReadingAdviser_Sally May 23, 2018

“Don't have time for memories, too busy making them”
― Allan Stratton, The Dogs

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 23, 2018

“Trees are like people. We’re alive, then we’re memories, then we’re not even that.”
― Allan Stratton, The Dogs

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 23, 2018

“why do I make myself miserable over things that years from now no one will even care about? If I knew that, maybe I could be happy.”
― Allan Stratton, The Dogs

lms Jan 07, 2015

great review from Sarah Ellis in Quill & Quire Jan 2015


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ReadingAdviser_Sally May 23, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some intense scenes and some recollections about domestic abuse and bullying.

ReadingAdviser_Sally May 23, 2018

Violence: Some descriptions of violence.

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Jan 05, 2016

Joanne_Hummingbird thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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SPL_Childrens Jun 22, 2016

After five years of being on the run from an abusive father/husband, Cameron and his mother move to an old, abandoned farmhouse in yet another new community, Wolf Hollow.
The peeling paint on the house, the missing boards on the barn and the all-around neglect give the property an air of desolation and foreboding.
In truth, it is a place full of terrible secrets from the past.
Almost immediately, Cam feels a distinctly creepy sensation in certain places on the property, especially in the basement and the barn. He soon begins to see and talk to a young boy who appears only to Cam, and who seems much too real to be a ghost. Sometimes he hears guard dogs barking and snarling somewhere on the farm - or he believes that he does.
Decades ago, a murder occurred on the property. The evidence was concealed and buried there. For some reason, Cam, with the help of the young ghost, is the only one who can find that evidence.
Cam becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of the murder, and he does ... but in doing so, he is drawn into the tragedy so completely that he sometimes doubts his own ability to distinguish what is real and true from what isn't. He has nightmares every night. He starts to wonder who he can really trust.
Can he even trust himself?
The many twists and turns in this thriller/mystery will definitely hook readers and keep them in suspense until the end.
** Recommended for ages 11 years and up.

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