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The Puppy Collection #3: Murphy Helps Out

by (author) Susan Hughes

illustrated by Leanne Franson

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2014
Dogs, Values & Virtues, Friendship
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2014
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4


Meet all kinds of puppies in this sweet illustrated series, perfect for newly independent readers!

Maya, Kat, and her new friend Grace are all set to help Aunt Jenn with a new puppy. Murphy is a shy little sheltie pup with lots of energy, so the girls agree to walk him and help him get used to being around people.

While on their walk in the park, the girls find an older cocker spaniel named Tawny that seems to be lost. They manage to reunite Tawny with her owner, but when they later find Tawny wandering the streets once more, the girls wonder if her owner deserves the responsibility of caring for the lovely little dog.

Maya, Kat, and Grace can't agree on what's best for Tawny. Can Murphy help them sort it all out?

About the authors


Susan Hughes
a étudié la littérature anglaise à l'Université de Toronto. Depuis, elle
écrit et publie des livres pour enfants, à la fois des fictions et des
documentaires. Elle habite avec sa famille à Toronto.


Susan Hughes studied English literature at the University of Toronto. She writes both fiction and non-fiction children's books. She lives with her family in Toronto.

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LEANNE FRANSON first studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. After working as a dishwasher, massage therapist, short-order cook, waitress, foot courier, and clerk at a fine arts materials shop, she decided to devote herself to illustrating children's books. She has done work for Soulières Éditeur, Annick Press, Scholastic, Les éditions de la courte échelle, Canadian Living Magazine, Bayard Canada, and many more. Originally from Regina, SK, she lives with her son, two cats, and her Saint-Bernard in Montreal.

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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Puppy Collection #3: Murphy Helps Out:

"Written in a simple, accessible style and illustrated with plenty of cute puppy pictures, Murphy Helps Out is certain to appeal to animal-crazy young readers." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Other titles by Susan Hughes

Other titles by Leanne Franson