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Children's Fiction Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

Ruff Day

Charlie's Rules #2

by (author) Sigmund Brouwer

illustrated by Sabrina Gendron

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, Cats, Dogs, Friendship
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Eleven-year-old Charlie Dembinski knows how to make his group project for science class an organized and informative success. Unfortunately for Charlie, his (reluctant) best friend, Amy Ma, would rather it be interesting, fun and just a bit gross. And their other partner, Jenna Yee, is too worried about why her puppy, Diesel, keeps attacking her mom to think about their project. Luckily for Jenna, Charlie’s mom is a veterinarian, and Amy and Charlie are keen to help figure out what Diesel’s problem is. What the three classmates don’t realize is that Diesel isn’t trying to hurt anyone. Just the opposite in fact: Diesel is trying to save someone! But will the kids figure out what he’s trying to tell them before Diesel's behavior becomes too much to handle?

The second in the Charlie's Rules series, following Pasture Bedtime, from bestselling author Sigmund Brouwer, Ruff Day is sure to delight young animal lovers. The straightforward plot, black-and-white illustrations and unique animal stories make this the perfect chapter book for early readers.

About the authors

With close to three million books in print, Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In the last ten years, he has given writing workshops to students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. One of his latest novels, The Last Disciple, earned Sigmund an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta.

The Talk:
Reach For Your Dreams
It doesn't matter where you come from, it's where you decide to go in life that is important. Sigmund Brouwer encourages students to reach for their dreams, giving them fun and practical advice for the reading and writing skills that are the foundation of future success.

The Presentation:
Sigmund's presentations are an hour of high-level energy. He especially reaches out to reluctant readers and gears the talk to engage their attention. Audience size varies; often his presentations take place in the gym for the entire school, including kindergarten. (After the first half hour, the K-2 grades are dismissed, and the remainder of the presentation is focused on the older students.) There are no restrictions on audience size except for the space limitations of the gym. Smaller schools are welcome to invite another school to share in the cost of the presentation.

For presentations that involve travel, Sigmund appreciates it if two or three schools in the area make bookings on the same day. For more information on booking, fees and expenses, please email Sigmund:


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Editorial Reviews

“A delightful story full of interesting facts…An excellent novel that can be enjoyed by children, teachers and parents. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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