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The Dog Ray by Linda Coggin. 193 p. Candlewick Press, November, 2016. 9780763679385.
Publisher synopsis: By turns humorous, poignant, and moving, this tale of a girl who comes back to Earth as a dog is a nuanced portrait of death, love, grief, and hope.
First Line(s): When my death came it was swift. Swift as a running horse. It wasted no time.
Page 56: She's not a boy. She's a girl," the old man says. "I remember her from when I was sleeping in some park or other. Shad some sort of name that made me think of the weather. But I can't for the life of me remember what it was."
Oh, please don't remember, I think. I really don't want to be stuck with Misty for the rest of my life.