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

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A Dog's Life: the Autobiography of a Stray
by Ann M. Martin
Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal.
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.
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Dog Chronicles
Lupus Rex
by John C. Cash
Two quails must risk their lives when they are driven from their home by crows and realize they need to discover common cause with other creatures if they are to find safety in a world filled with peril and adventure.
Poppy
by  Avi
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.
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 Mesmer Menace
by Kersten Hamilton
Daring dachshund Noodles narrates as evil Mesmers bent on world domination arrive at the Amazing Automated Inn, where eleven-year-old inventor Wally Kennewickett, aided by Noodles and the inn's automatons, tries to foil their plans.
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 True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
by Kathi Appelt
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.
Updated 12/21/2013
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