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Animal Stories

Animal Stories

Dogs, horses and cats. Oh, my! Animal stories you will want to read over and over again

Sounder Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.
Armstrong, William Howard
J  Fic  ARM

National Velvet

The now-classic story of Heather Brown and her struggle to ride in the Grand National.
Bagnold, Enid
J  Fic  BAG

The Incredible Journey A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.
Burnford, Sheila
J  Fic  BUR

Wanted...Mud Blossom Convinced that Mud, the dog, is responsible for the disappearance of the school hamster that was his responsibility for the weekend, Junior Blossom is determined that the dog should be tried for his "crime."
Byars, Betsy
J  Fic  BYA

Henry and Ribsy Father promises to take Henry salmon fishing if he can keep his dog Ribsy out of mischief for a month.  Hilarious “accidents” occur as the dog steals a policeman’s lunch, bothers the garbage collector, etc, until Henry finally becomes a fisherman in spite of Ribsy.
Cleary, Beverly
J  Fic  CLE

Ribsy Ribsy, a carefree city dog gets separated from his master, Henry Huggins, and gets involved in many predicaments (such as being forced to take a bath in violet-scented soap) before he and Henry are reunited.
Cleary, Beverly
J  Fic  CLE

Strider In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents’ divorce and acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog.
Cleary, Beverly
J  Fic  CLE

Annie’s Monster Thirteen-year-old Annie, living with her family in a small Massachusetts town where her father is an Episcopal minister, is delighted when her prayers for an Irish wolfhound are answered; but she finds herself in more trouble than she bargained for when she tries to deal with the consequences of the large dog’s playful curiosity.
Corcoran, Barbara
J  Fic  COR

Because of Winn-Dixie Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. 
 DiCamillo, Kate
J  Fic  CIC

Chuck and Danielle Danielle’s pet whippet, Chuck, is terrified of absolutely everything, but Danielle is sure that Chuck is going to save the universe one-day.
Dickinson, Peter
J  Fic  DIC

Ginger Pye A very smart puppy named Ginger brings joy to the Pye family until the children notice a mysterious stranger who seems to be spying on them and who they are convinced wants to steal their puppy.  After Ginger disappears, many moths of desperate searching pass before the dog returns and the villain is discovered.
Estes, Eleanor
J  Fic  EST

The Black Stallion Seventeen-year-old Alex Ramsay and a wild black stallion, the only survivors of a shipwreck, manage to exist until they are rescued.  Back home in the U.S. the boy and a retired jockey tame the horse and race him.
Farley, Walter
J  Fic  FAR

Old Yeller A boy and his dog in Texas of 1860.
Gipson, Fred
J  Fic  GIP

Fudge Chad's parents agree to let him take the puppy, Fudge, on a trial basis if he takes care of her.
Graeber, Charlotte
J  Fic  GRA

A Horse Like Barney Finally given permission to have a horse of her own, Sarah looks at a series of Morgans and finds herself being bored, and falling in love with too many horses.
Haas, Jessie
J  Fic  HAA

Protecting Marie Relates 12 year old Fanny's love-hate relationship with her father, a temperamental artist, who has given Fanny a new dog.
Henkes, Kevin
J  Fic  HEN

King of the Wind This is the story written as fiction but closely follows the actual history of Godolphin Arabian, ancestor of Man O’ War and one of the founders of the entire Thoroughbred strain.
Henry, Marguerite
J  Fic  HEN

Misty of Chincoteague A tale of two children and a freedom loving pony, which takes place on the islands of Assateague and Chincoteague, Virginia.  Here, legend says, a band of Moorish ponies escaped from a wrecked Spanish galleon long ago, and here their descendants still live.
Henry, Marguerite
J  Fic  HEN

Hound Heaven Living with her grandfather on Muckwater Mountain in West Virginia, twelve-year-old Silver aggressively pursues her dream of having a dog working to earn money for one.
High, Linda Oatman
J  Fic  HIG

Big Red This is the perennial favorite about Danny and his Irish setter.
Kjelgaard, James A.
J  Fic  KJE

Catwings Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.
Le Guin, Ursula
J  Fic  LEG

Anastasia, Absolutely More adventures of thirteen-year-old Anastasia Krupnick as she tries to deal with a new dog, her school values class, and a personal moral dilemma.
Lowry, Lois
J  Fic  LOW

Three Names Great-grandfather reminisces about going to school on the prairie with his dog Three Names.
MacLachlan. Patricia

Dog Friday Ten-year-old Robin Brogan is determined to keep the dog he finds abandoned on the beach from being impounded by the police.
McKay, Hilary
J  Fic  MCK  or  J  Fic  MAC

Gentle Ben Mark befriends a captive brown bear but eventually he must give him up.
Morey, Walt
J  Fic  MOR

Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon Gay-Neck, a carrier pigeon is selected to perform dangerous mission during World War I.
Mukerji, Dhan
J  Fic  MUK

Shiloh When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dog.
Naylor, Phyllis
J  Fic  NAY

The Fire Pony

Eleven-year-old Roy lets himself find a loving family and a new home on the horse ranch, which he and his older half-brother happen to come upon.

Philbrick, Rodman
J  Fic  PHI

Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes

Twelve-year-old Gary, known as Goon because of his constant clowning and joke telling, tries to change his image and make new friends at school.

Sachar, Louis
J  Fic  SAC

Chester Cricket's Pigeon Ride Nostalgic for his country home, Chester Cricket braves the busy city streets in search of a tree and finds a new friend in the process.
Selden, George
J  Fic  SEL

Black Beauty  

As Black Beauty, a fine horse, goes from one master to another, some kind and some cruel, readers learn the story of his life in 19th century England.

Sewell, Anna
J  Fic  SEW

Some Fine Dog Twelve-year-old Jerry, star soloist in his church choir, considers doing something else with his time when he finds his dream dog, who turns out to be expert at learning and performing tricks.
Sherlock Patti
J  Fic  SHE

They’re All Named Wildfire Jenny loses most of her friends and suffers the verbal abuse of classmates when she befriends a black girl who has moved with her family into Jenny’s duplex and shows her interest n horses.
Springer, Nancy
J  Fic  SPR