HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Puppy Place: Scout, No. 7
Author: Ellen Miles
Cover llustrator: Tim O’Brien
Publisher: Scholastic, 2007
Related website: http://www.EllenMiles.net (author)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 7 – 10
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Miles, Ellen. The Puppy Place: Scout, No. 7 (published in 2007 by Little Apple Paperbacks, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York City, NY). Lizzie Peterson lives in Littleton with her dad, a firefighter, and mom, younger brothers Charles and Adam, a toddler known as The Bean, and puppy Buddy. Her best friend is Maria, and Charles’s best friend is Sammy. Meg Parker and her search and rescue dog Casey work on the fire squad with Lizzie’s dad. Meg is also part of a German shepherd rescue group, and Lizzie is helping her find a home for a puppy named Scout. Meg has a list of candidates. However, the Goodmans can’t take her because Mrs. Goodman broke her leg. The Tanakas are out because they already adopted another puppy. And the third family is away on vacation for a whole month.
So the Littletons agree to foster Scout for a while. But then Meg and Casey must go on a search and rescue mission following an earthquake in Mexico, and an accident happens. Will Meg and Casey be all right? And can they ever find a good forever home for Scout? Scout is Book No. 7 in “The Puppy Place” series by author Ellen Miles. Obviously there are six before it, and the back page lists five more after it. There is no objectionable material. Even with the inclusion of Charles and Sammy, rambunctious young boys might find the plot a little tame. However, young girls who like quiet stories about cute puppy dogs will enjoy it as a great resource for prospective or current junior dog owners.