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Different Dragons

by (author) Jean Little

Publisher
PRH Canada Young Readers
Initial publish date
Aug 2005
Category
General, Dogs
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780143312307
    Publish Date
    Aug 2005
    List Price
    $9.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780140319989
    Publish Date
    Mar 1987
    List Price
    $7.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12

Description

A Jean Little Classic

Ben isn't sure he wants to visit Aunt Rose while his parents and older brother are away. He doesn't like admitting it, but he's afraid of a lot of things—dogs, thunderstorms, new places, new people.

Aunt Rose turns out to be much nicer than Ben expected, but then she presents him with a birthday gift that terrifies him—a big Labrador retriever named Gully. How can Ben tell her he's afraid even to be in the same room with Gully? And how can he tell Hana, his new friend?

About the author

Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels. The author focuses on her experiences from the time she was a child through young adulthood in her autobiography, Little by Little, and continues her story in Stars Come Out Within. The books, which will appeal to children 10 and older, are both humorous and poignant as Jean describes living with a disability and the ridicule she sometimes experienced as a result, as well as her love for the world of reading and books. Jean's books include From Anna, Listen for the Singing, Stand In The Wind, Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird, Hey World, Here I Am!, Look through My Window, Emma's Yucky Brother, The Belonging Place, and Mine For Keeps. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985.
Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995. It tells the story of Sally Copeland, a 10 year old with cerebral palsy, and her adjustment to being home after spending several years in a special school. You'll find that several of the themes in this book appear in a number of the author's other books: dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in, and adjusting to new situations and surroundings.
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Editorial Reviews

A sincere, charming story . . . (School Library Journal)

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