Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog
by Graham McNamee
NOTHING WRONG WITH A THREE-LEGGED DOG ©2000 by Graham McNamee, published by Yearling, an imprint of Random House Children's Books. Cover illustration by Craig White and reprinted with permission.
Keath and his best friend Lynda are in the fourth grade. Some kids call Lynda "Zebra" because her mother is black and her father is white. And Keath is "Whitey." "He's vanilla in a chocolate school" where Toothpick, a bully, has it in for him. Lynda and Keath both love dogs. Dogs don't care about what color is the right one. Dogs don't hate anybody. Their favorite dog is Leftovers, Lynda's three-legged beagle. When he got hurt, his first owners gave up on him, but Lynda and Keath turn him into a winner, a pooch that shows Keath that sometimes it's good to stand out, to be special, and that even when you look different, there are ways to fit in.
2000, 134 pages, grades 4-6, Dell Yearling (an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
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