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Title:
The tormentors
Author:
Hall, Lynn.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
102 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
When his beloved German Shepherd vanishes, Sox sets out to find the thief and becomes involved with a ring of dangerous dog trainers who kidnap animals for their own illegal profit.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.2 6 Quiz: 11677 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780152894702
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Book

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When his beloved German Shepherd vanishes, Sox sets out to find the thief and becomes involved with a ring of dangerous dog trainers who kidnap animals for their own illegal profit.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. Cesare ("Sox") Newmann, 14, is devastated when his beloved black German shepherd, Heidi, is stolen from the family pickup in Albuquerque. Painstakingly following every clue, out on his bike every day, he tracks the thieves to a remote hideout. It's a place of torment where stolen dogs are turned into ferocious guard dogs and sold. Desperate to trace his pet, Sox pretends to join the thieves and help with their cruel training. As with most of Hall's mysteries, there are a few holes in the plot, and there's a dicey moral point about Sox's acting cruel to animals in order to save Heidi. But he does redeem himself, and readers will be rooting for this smart, courageous teenage sleuth. They'll share his seething anger at the torture of animals for profit, and they'll love the happy ending--he finds his dog because he just will not give up. Sox's working-class, half-Hispanic family is drawn with affection in an involving thriller-pet story, sure to grab even reluctant readers. ~--Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-- In this latest high quality offering from a prolific author, 14-year-old Cesare ``Sox'' Newmann's beloved black German shepherd, Heidi, is stolen by criminals intent on turning purebred watchdogs into vicious guard dogs that they can sell. The tough neighborhood of the Albuquerque setting, the supportive family, and the local vernacular of the convincing first-person narrative are incorporated into this plausible mystery. Reluctant readers will be attracted not only to the book's brevity but also to the level of suspense maintained; the story won't disappoint them. Smoothly written and nicely paced, the mystery's predictable conclusion conveys a message in Sox's realization that his fears of being a ``chicken'' are unfounded in the face of his heroism. His rescue mission provides an exciting climax, and the book contains a nice plug for libraries as sources of important information. --Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle Sch . , South Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.