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Book Club 6th-7th grade: The Good Dog by AVI

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Book Club 6th-7th grade: The Good Dog by AVI
Book Club 6th-7th grade: The Good Dog by AVI

Time & Location

Mar 25, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

Juergen's, 26026 Hempstead Rd, Cypress, TX 77429, USA


About the Event

Coordinator:  Jennifer Ochoa

Grades: 6th-7th grade

Book: The Good Dog by AVI

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Book Description:

The 300 dogs of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, all know their places. At the top is McKinley, a malamute who’s head dog of the whole town. All of the dogs - and McKinley’s human family - rely on him to protect them and maintain order. Avi, the Newbery Medal author of Crispin: The Cross of Lead, peeks into the secret lives of dogs in this thrilling adventure tale. Robert Ramirez’s narration gives voice to a dog willing to risk any peril to do the good thing.

Disclaimers about book’s content: no

Discussion Topics: 

Questions for students:

  1. In chapter 2, why does McKinley believe Duchess ran away?
  2. In Chapter 5, What is McKinley describing on page, 39 when he mentions, “the stuff that people burned in their mouths?”
  3. Do you agree with McKinley for disliking Pycraft? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think Lupin will have a good or bad effect on McKinley and Jack’s relationship? Why?
  5. Which life is better, life with humans, or a free life without?
  6. What promise does McKinley make to Lupin? Why do you think he agrees to do this?
  7. Why do you think the author, Avi, chose to write from McKinley’s point of view? How would the story have been different if written from someone else’s point of view?
  8. The book’s title and final sentence contain the same two words:”good dog.” How would you support the claim that McKinley is a good dog?

Materials students need to bring: 

Book for reference and pencils.


  • 6th-7th grade




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