Dog House Blues

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Dog House Blues (Orca 2005) — Erika is the target of the class snob and bully, who taunts her for smelling like her three dogs. When worry over making a new friend causes Erika to neglect her dogs, disaster almost strikes. For ages 8-12.

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Dog House Blues is also available through Scholastic Canada’s Social Responsibility Book Club – Bully-Free Zone collection (see Scholastic Website).


This is a story full of hope, friendship and humour, with believable characters both animal and human.
– Canadian Children’s Book News

This novel will appeal to all dog lovers. . . [and] would be an excellent addition to school, classroom and public libraries.
– Resource Links

A recommended read for any girl who is dealing with bullying.
– Canadian Materials

I thought [the] book was funny, emotional, and realistic, and I can’t wait for the next animal book.
– Erin, age 12

Awards and Recognitions

2008: Nominated for the 2008 Langley Book of the Year

Jacqueline, with dogs who inspired the book
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