Kate, the Ghost Dog: Coping With the Death of a Pet
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
How would you feel if you just lost a big part of your life, "someone" very special to you?
Meet Aleta. She has two best friends, Cassie and Nina, and she wants to be a vet. Aleta knows that animals don't live forever, but when her dog Kate dies, she can't believe it. It just feels so unfair! And she doesn't want to talk about it. She wants to be alone, and she's really sad and a little angry, too.
With the help of her family and friends, Aleta learns to deal with her feelings and comes to be able to remember Kate with happiness.
What is noticeably apparent is the way in which the book deals with the maturing feelings of a young girl becoming a young adult. Every child feels at times isolation and when some disappointment occurs the need to reach out to other family members is weighed against the desire to be left alone to deal with the personal loss. It is the breaking down of the personal barrier and opening the young girls' feelings with the loving support of a functional family which is most enjoyable and well achieved in Wilson's writings. The book, by design, shows others how to open themselves to the loving support of their family and is a model for all types of losses, whether a pet of even a family member.
—Nicole Sorkin, Managing Editor, Pacific Book Review
Kate, the Ghost Dog is filled with love, vivid color, and feeling. Kate, the Ghost Dog also blends a message of multi-racial acceptance in with the work of learning to grieve a death. Highly recommended for both school and community library collections.
—The Midwest Book Review