Banjo by Graham Salisbury

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

For ages 10-14

Seven years ago, Border collie, Banjo, was adopted by Danny and his family. Lately, though, he has been accused of joining wild dogs in their attacks on local livestock, and local neighbors say he must be euthanized. Danny knows Banjo wouldn’t attack livestock, but when he comes home, dinged by a bullet, Danny knows he must find another home for Banjo or do the deed himself. Danny takes him into the wilderness where he is found and cared for by a fellow dog lover. Although Banjo’s placement is eventually resolved and he is found innocent, this will keep readers pondering what other course could have been taken by Danny and how they might consider “fixing” this kind of situation.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC SALISBURY)

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