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Woof, Purr, Squeak: Books from an Animal's Perspective

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Bambi: a Life In the Woods
by Felix Salten
Describes the life of a deer in the forest as he grows into a beautiful stag.
Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.
Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I
by Alison Hart
In Cosham, England, in 1917, Darling, a mischievous collie, must leave the children who love her when she is chosen for training as a mercy dog, seeking out injured soldiers on the battlefield and leading medics to them.
Series -
Dog Chronicles
Redwall
by Brian Jacques
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.
The Capture
by Kathryn Lasky
Meet Soren, a young barn owl pushed from the nest by his brother and adopted by a mysterious school for orphaned owls. When he discovers the school is home to a great evil in the owl kingdom, he and his friends must escape and set upon a long and perilous journey to find a way to save all of his kind from danger.
The Dark Hills Divide
by Patrick Carman
When she finds the key to a secret passageway leading out of the walled city of Bridewell, twelve-year-old Alexa realizes her lifelong wish to explore the mysterious forests and mountains that lie beyond the wall.
The Familiars
by Adam Jay Epstein
When a scrappy alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical animal companion to Jack, a young wizard in training, Aldwyn and his fellow "familiars," a know-it-all blue jay and bumbling tree frog, must save the kingdom after the evil queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two other wizards.
The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail: a Novel
by Richard Peck
A very small mouse of unknown origins runs away from school in the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace shortly before the celebration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, celebrating her sixty years on the British throne.
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
The Vanishing
by Christopher Holt
When all humans in his world disappear, Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever, searches for Madame Curie who, he knows, will help find his people but as he and friends Rocky and Gizmo search, they face angry wolves, a gang of subway rats, and the Corporation, a supposed "perfect" society for dogs.
Series -
The Last Dogs
Updated 08/27/2014
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