August 22, 2006
A Coyote's in the House - by Elmore Leonard
Smart and edgy. This book by adult crime-story writer Elmore Leonard is about what you'd expect from him: lots of saucy attitude, tough-guy language between the animals, and great dialogue. The story takes place in the hills near Hollywood, CA, and follows a street-smart coyote who really wants to become a house dog, and a house dog who really wants to run with the wild coyotes. The plot is focused on these animals, and the dialogue is so good you sometimes forget you're reading the words of animals. This story has some mature language, and is not for younger readers. I would say grades 5 and up would be the target audience.