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Ginger Pye

by Eleanor Estes
306 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by bookRacoon

This is an exciting story with vivid descriptions of the Pyes' lives and world.


Jerry Pye has always wanted his own dog. So one day, after earning a dollar by dusting the church pews, he finally buys one: Ginger, a terrier. Jerry and his family all love Ginger, and Ginger loves being a Pye as well. On Thanksgiving Day, someone dog-naps Ginger. Jerry and Rachel try to find Ginger before it's too late.


The Pyes are a loving family. The Pyes all love Ginger and their other pets and care for him well. As for the negatives, the person who dog-naps Ginger wanted to take Ginger and train him for himself. The antagonist also took poor care of Ginger and their other dogs.

Spiritual Content

It is assumed that many of the residents of Jerry's town of Cranbury, Connecticut, go to church, as Jerry is naming the people who sit at the pews he dusts at the beginning of the story. The family celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Ginger was probably abused; the book does not mention in what way. (Ginger is not seriously injured.)

Drug and Alcohol Content

Some alcohol mentioned.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content



This book takes the basic plot of a beloved dog gone missing and tells in it in a fun, unique way. Eleanor Estes wrote a good book here.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 8-10

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