Kate, the Ghost Dog: Coping With the Death of a Pet

Illustrated by Soud
Pages: 48, Color
Size: 6" x 9"
Age Range: 8-13
Item #: 441B043
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0555-4
List Price: $9.95
Copyright: 2010
Format: Softcover
Other Format: Hardcover
Availability: In Stock
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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.

About the Author
Wayne L. Wilson is the author of the acclaimed novel, Soul Eyes. He has a master's degree in education with a specialization in sociology and anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Wilson is the author of ten biographical and historical books for young adults, has written biographies for a comprehensive vocational education book for the California Department of Education, and served as a contributing writer for the African American National Biography. Wilson is also a screenwriter and a member of the Writer's Guild of America. He lives with his daughter in Venice Beach, California.
About the Illustrator
Soud lives in São Paolo, Brazil. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Illustrators Association (SIB) and is a well-recognized illustrator with several published books. He also works with advertising, magazines, and newspapers.
Reviews & Awards

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