White Fur Flying

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About The Book

A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends in this “elegantly spare novel about the healing power of dogs and love” (Publishers Weekly), from the Newbery-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall.

Zoe’s family rescues dogs in need. There is always the sweet smell of dog and a warm body looking to cuddle or play. There is always a new dog to be saved, and loved. Fur flies everywhere. It covers everything. Zoe’s house is never silent.

The house across the street is always silent these days. A new family has moved in and Phillip, the boy, has stopped speaking. He doesn’t even want to try.

Saving dogs and saving boys may be different jobs, but Zoe learns that some parts are the same. Both take attention and care. They take understanding and time. And maybe just a bit of white fur flying.

From Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, White Fur Flying is an endearing tale of companionship and hope that is “beautifully told, quietly moving, and completely satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews).

About The Author
Photograph by John MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s StoryEdward’s EyesThe True GiftWaiting for the MagicWhite Fur Flying; and Fly Away. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 2014)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442421721
  • Grades: 2 - 6
  • Ages: 7 - 11
  • Lexile ® 590L ? The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"MacLachlan delivers yet another understated, quietly inspirational chapter book with this tale.... This is tailor-made for beginning readers looking for a gentle handling of powerfully felt emotions."

– Booklist

* "Beautifully told, quietly moving and completely satisfying."

– Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"MacLachlan crafts an elegantly spare novel about the healing power of dogs and love.... A graceful and quiet narrative with keen observations on how time and affection can remedy pain."

– Publishers Weekly

"MacLachlan shares with young audiences a touching story of compassion, trust, and patience. She weaves the themes of family and friendship throughout the narrative, peppering her well-paced plot with sufficient tension and avoiding an overdramatization of its climax. Like many of the author’s best stories, this one is told simply and gently with touches of light humor. The clear prose, combined with the brevity of the narrative, make the book an ideal selection for young readers, reluctant readers, and animal lovers everywhere. Children will feel satisfied as they discover that both dogs and boys can be rescued, and many will be pleasantly surprised that they can also rescue one another."

– School Library Journal

Awards and Honors
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award Master List (PA)
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List (KS)
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award Nominee (CT)
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Sequoyah Children's Master List (OK)
  • Land of Enchantment Children's Master List (NM)
  • ALA Notable Children's Book Nominee
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Master List (FL)
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award Master List
  • Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award Master List (OR)
  • Gate City Book Award Master List (NH)
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Cleveland Public Library Celebrate With Books Selection
  • Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read" List
  • TX Triple Crown Nominee
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