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A Dog Called Grk DGS REP Edition
Contributor(s): Doder, Joshua
ISBN: 0440421470     ISBN-13: 9780440421474
Publisher: Yearling Books
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2008
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Annotation: When Tim is followed home by a dog on the street, he's determined to find out who the friendly stray belongs to. But with a little investigating, Tim discovers that Grk's owners don't live in his town, or even in his country. Max and Natascha Raffifi, Grk's owners, have been kidnapped with their ambassador parents by the evil Colonel Zinfandel and taken to a prison in Eastern Europe! Tim knows he's about to undertake a mission his parents wouldn't exactly approve of. He sneaks out of the house in the middle of the night with Grk, catches a taxi to the airport, then hops a plane to Stanislavia. Together he and Grk will have to break into a high-security prison, pilot a helicopter, and make a nail-biting run for the border in this high-octane, international adventure.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dogs; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2008015369
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Grk Book
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 4.75" W x 0.75" (0.40 lbs) 249 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 113017
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q42828
Reading Level: 3.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 14.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
When Tim is followed home by a dog on the street, he's determined to find out who the friendly stray belongs to. But with a little investigating, Tim discovers that Grk's owners don't live in his town, or even in his country. Max and Natascha Raffifi, Grk's owners, have been kidnapped with their ambassador parents by the evil Colonel Zinfandel and taken to a prison in Eastern Europe Tim knows he's about to undertake a mission his parents wouldn't exactly approve of. He sneaks out of the house in the middle of the night with Grk, catches a taxi to the airport, then hops a plane to Stanislavia. Together he and Grk will have to break into a high-security prison, pilot a helicopter, and make a nail-biting run for the border in this high-octane, international adventure.

"From the Hardcover edition."


Contributor Bio(s): When he isn't traveling the world, writing about Grk, Joshua Doder is a reporter for the Guardian. He lives in London.


From the Hardcover edition.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
When the Stanislavian ambassador to Britain and his family are kidnapped by their country's new dictator, their only chance is Tim, a lonely boy who finds their dog Grk and absconds to Stanislavia to return him. The book functions mainly as a satirical caricature of adult politics; as such, it sometimes allows the message to overwhelm the adventure. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
When the Stanislavian ambassador to Britain and his family are kidnapped by their country's new dictator, their only chance is Tim, a lonely boy who finds their dog Grk and absconds to Stanislavia to return him. The book functions mainly as a satirical caricature of adult politics; as such, it sometimes allows the message to overwhelm the adventure. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 January #5)

Rich, lonely schoolboy Timothy Malt is determined to return a stray dog to its owners, even when it turns out that they are imprisoned in a foreign country, thousands of miles from his English home. Natascha and Max Raffifi, along with their diplomat parents, have been kidnapped by "Secret Police" from their native Stanislavia, where the democratically elected government has just been overthrown by the villainous Colonel Zinfandel. British author Doder sets a whimsically slapstick tone for the proceedings, through the perspective of an omniscient narrator ("I should tell you about Grk's owners... In order to do that, we must go back in time"). Using his father's credit card, Tim books a flight to Vilnetto for himself and the dog (whom he later learns is named Grk, a Stanislavian word roughly translated as "brave, generous and foolish"). Then, deploying skills he learned playing computer helicopter simulation games, break the Raffifi kids out of prison. The often humorous hyperbole woven into the text is jarringly interrupted by the murder of Ambassador Raffifi and his wife, and a few drop-kicks for adorable Grk (though the dog does extract a measure of revenge by sinking his teeth into several ankles). Aside from the difference in tone, this fast-paced tale may well appeal to Alex Rider fans. A sequel, Grk and the Pelotti Gang , is due in November. Trudie Styler acquired the rights to the Grk trilogy last September for her production company. Ages 9-12. (Feb.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 March)

Gr 5–7— Grk, a small white dog with black eyes, finds Tim Malt near Tim's London home, setting into motion a series of fantastic, heroic, often fast-paced and sometimes humorous adventures. Grk belonged to Natascha Raffifi, the daughter of Stanislavia's ambassador to England. When a cruel dictator takes control of this small, mountainous country in Eastern Europe, the Raffifis are arrested and returned to their homeland. Tim's parents will not let him keep the dog, and so he sets out to find its owner. His ingenuity gets him from England to Stanislavia, where he is propelled into action that ultimately reunites Grk with Natascha and her brother, Max, and results in their escape from prison. Some characters are caricatures; many are likable and move the events quickly if implausibly to a satisfying resolution. Max, in particular, is used to insert occasional political commentary that seems to foreshadow his future. By novel's end, the children and Grk settle in with the Malts in London, with the promise of another adventure in which the murder of Max and Natascha's parents will be avenged.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at Washington DC Public Library

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