A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
“My name is Cally Louise Fisher and I haven’t spoken for thirty-one days. Talking doesn’t always make things happen, however much you want them to.”
When Cally Fisher sees her dead mother, real as anything, no one believes her. So Cally stops talking – what’s the point if no one is listening?
The only other living soul who sees Cally’s mum is a mysterious wolfhound who always seems to be there when her mum appears. But without a voice, how will Cally convince anyone that her mum is still with them, and how will she ever persuade her Dad that the huge silver-grey dog is their last link with her?
An outstandingly assured debut novel from a sparkling new talent. (From Goodreads)
Topics: family issues, death, dealing with loss, dogs, friendship
Suggested Age Level (Native Speakers): 8 – 12, or grades 3 – 7
Suggested ESL Level: Low-intermediate or a very motivated/advanced elementary level class
Notes: I would suggest using this in the first half of the semester (if you teach during a regular school semester), as it’s a fairly easy book. The writing is simple, there aren’t very many cultural or topical references that students may have difficulty with, and the themes are fairly universal and understandable. This book is an easy way for students to get started with reading novels in English.
Use this link to download the reading guide PDF: A Dog Called Homeless Reading Guide
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