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All Hal ever wanted was a dog – but a dog would damage the expensive carpets in his parents’ glamorous home, and they won’t allow it. That’s until they discover Easy Pets, a dog-rental agency. Fleck the terrier arrives on Hal’s birthday, and Hal is overjoyed. But when Hal discovers to his horror that his dog is about to be returned, he runs away… along with a bunch of pedigree hounds, all joyfully escaping from Easy Pets! Soon Hal and his dogs – including Otto the wise St Bernard, and the fierce and excitable Pekinese Li-Chee – are being chased across the country by ruthless pursuers. Helped by a travelling circus and some orphanage children, can they race to freedom? Written in the timeless tradition of 101 Dalmations, this is a tail-wagging grand adventure that every dog-lover will adore.

Praise for Eva Ibbotson:

“Readers of classic children’s fiction will be familiar with the bliss that steals over one when a new Eva Ibbotson novel is published.” Amanda Craig, The Times

“Eva Ibbotson weaves a magic like no other. Once enchanted, always enchanted.” Michael Morpurgo

“This kind of fun will never fail to delight.” Philip Pullman

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Date published

May 5th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.6; Middle years; 8.0 points

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  • 288 pages



Eva Ibbotson

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  1. Bellasara 113282

    on 9 March 2013

    I think this was an okay book.

    4out of 5
  2. Avatar bat 761713

    on 6 March 2013

    Omg this book is sooooooo good it’s very emotional.Hals parents trick him into thinking he’s getting a dog for his birthday but he only gets to keep it for a few days and they return it to easy pets dog rental anceny.Hal is devestated when he finds out his parents lied to himso he decides to look for fleck and go to his grandparents house…...

    5out of 5
  3. Dora thumb 222

    on 5 March 2013

    this is about a boy who gets look after a dog for a week.

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    on 3 January 2013


    5out of 5
  5. Stargirl 113407

    on 6 March 2012

    This is an ace book – very good and very emotional!

    5out of 5
  6. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2012

    Adorable book, * * * * *

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    on 3 May 2011

    “I really like One Dog and His Boy because all Hal ever wanted was a dog and his dad rented a dog because he thought Hal would get bored of it but Hal didn’t. In the end Hal goes on a daring misssion to just to be with Fleck.

    It was great book and I would rate it 5/5. It’s a loving story and a pity that it will be Eva Ibbotsons last book.”

    Lauren, age 10

    “I enjoyed One Dog and His Boy but it’s really long so you have to be patient. My favourite dog is by far Otto as I love Bernese Mountain dogs. My favourite character is Pippa as she is always using logical thinkiing. My favourite part is when they go into the monastry of St.Roc, where Otto finds his real owner.”

    Georgia, age 11

    5out of 5