8 Teen Novels for Dog Lovers

WhatDogSaid2
YA REISFELD, R.
Shortly after their police officer father is killed in the line of duty, thirteen-year-old Grace’s older sister decides to adopt a dog to train as a service dog for a handicapped child so that she can write about it for her college applications, but, true to form, it is the grief-stricken Grace who ends up taking responsibility for the dog.
AlphaDog
YA ZIEGLER, J.
Before she can think it through, Katie is standing on the street with a dog rescued from the local pound. There’s just one problem: Seamus is a holy terror. Acting on advice that she should act like the alpha dog to bring him under control, nothing will ever be the same again.
YA CALCAGNO, A.
Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man desperate for his self-centered father’s approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk’s father grows increasingly entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.
Whippoorwill
YA MONNINGER, J.
In rural New Hampshire, sixteen-year-old Clair Taylor and her neighbor, eighteen-year-old Danny Stewart, fall into an unlikely relationship as they work together to save Wally, a lovable but mistreated dog kept chained in a junk-filled yard by Danny’s cruel father.
YA NORTHROP, M.
When troubled sixteen-year-old Jimmer “JD” Dobbs returns from a mysterious summer “upstate” he finds that his mother has adopted an abused Rottweiler that JD names Johnny Rotten, but soon his tenuous relationship with the dog is threatened.
YA SF HIRSCH, J.
Since he was captured by the Glorious Path, a militant religion based on the teachings of a former soldier, fifteen-year-old Cal has served the Path in its brutal war with the remains of the United States government, and tried to survive and protect his younger brother, but when he kills an officer to protect a stray dog, Cal is forced take his brother and the dog and run.
StartingFromHere
YA BIGELOW, L.
Sixteen-year-old Colby is barely hanging on with her mother dead, her long-haul trucker father often away, her almost-girlfriend dumping her for a boy, and her failing grades, when a stray dog appears and helps her find hope.
NixMinusOne
YA MACLEAN, J.
More skilled at woodworking than communicating, Nix Humbolt seeks the words to deal with high school expectations, his extroverted sister, and his neighbor’s neglected dog.