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

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Appleblossom the Possum
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
A young possum strikes out on her own and winds up trapped in a human house before her brothers can rescue her.
Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell
A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-tale of Mystery
by Deborah Howe
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.
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Danger in Ancient Rome
by Kate Messner
The mysterious box that Ranger the golden retriever found in the garden transports him back to first century Rome, where he must rescue Marcus, a young servant boy, and Quintus, a volunteer gladiator, from the brutal world of the Colosseum.
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Ranger In Time
Ellie's Story: a Dog's Purpose novel
by W. Bruce Cameron
Trained as a search-and-rescue dog since puppyhood, Ellie can track and find people who are physically lost, but it is her owners, widower Jakob and lonely Maya, who challenge her to find a way to save people who are lost in other ways.
Old Wolf: a Fable
by  Avi
A wolf and bird must fight the starving time and find food, while a human boy learns to hunt.
Path of Stars
by Erin Hunter
When the dangerous Slash takes Star Flower hostage, her mate Clear Sky must rally the other four clans to his side in order to save her.
by Beverly Cleary
Separated from his owner, Henry Huggins, in a shopping center parking lot, an ordinary city dog begins a string of bewildering adventures.
Star Rise
by Kathryn Lasky
As the filly Estrella leads her herd north to good grass and water, the stallion Hold On, blinded in the canyon fire, is found by the human boy Tijo, who has an ability to understand horses that sets him apart from other humans--but when Hold On and Tijo catch up with the herd, Estrella must decide whether or not the horses should accept this boy or drive him away.
Woof: a Bowser and Birdie Novel
by Spencer Quinn
Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen--so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous.
Updated 09/20/2015
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