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In the spirit of of Where the Red Fern Grows and Because of Winn Dixie, this is a contemporary classic in the making about a boy and his dog, and a choice that will test their loyalty and trust. Danny Mack is a rising rodeo star in rural Oregon. He lives on a ranch with his older brother, their dad, and his faithful border collie, Banjo. Late one night, Danny In the spirit of of Where the Red Fern Grows and Because of Winn Dixie, this is a contemporary classic in the making about a boy and his dog, and a choice that will test their loyalty and trust. Danny Mack is a rising rodeo star in rural Oregon. He lives on a ranch with his older brother, their dad, and his faithful border collie, Banjo. Late one night, Danny is awakened by gunshots. Banjo has been wounded. The neighbors claim he was going after their livestock, which gives them the right to shoot the dog or have him put down. Dad reluctantly agrees. They must obey the law. Danny knows Banjo is innocent, and comes up with a desperate plan to save him--but something goes terribly wrong. Days later, on a distant ranch, Meg Harris finds a frightened dog alone in the woods. Banjo. She takes him home and searches for the dog's owner, furious that he was abandoned. She's not going to give Banjo up easily. Told by Danny and by Meg, this fast-paced, heartrending novel explores the deep connection between humans and animals, and reminds readers that you can't judge an animal--or a person--before you know their story.


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In the spirit of of Where the Red Fern Grows and Because of Winn Dixie, this is a contemporary classic in the making about a boy and his dog, and a choice that will test their loyalty and trust. Danny Mack is a rising rodeo star in rural Oregon. He lives on a ranch with his older brother, their dad, and his faithful border collie, Banjo. Late one night, Danny In the spirit of of Where the Red Fern Grows and Because of Winn Dixie, this is a contemporary classic in the making about a boy and his dog, and a choice that will test their loyalty and trust. Danny Mack is a rising rodeo star in rural Oregon. He lives on a ranch with his older brother, their dad, and his faithful border collie, Banjo. Late one night, Danny is awakened by gunshots. Banjo has been wounded. The neighbors claim he was going after their livestock, which gives them the right to shoot the dog or have him put down. Dad reluctantly agrees. They must obey the law. Danny knows Banjo is innocent, and comes up with a desperate plan to save him--but something goes terribly wrong. Days later, on a distant ranch, Meg Harris finds a frightened dog alone in the woods. Banjo. She takes him home and searches for the dog's owner, furious that he was abandoned. She's not going to give Banjo up easily. Told by Danny and by Meg, this fast-paced, heartrending novel explores the deep connection between humans and animals, and reminds readers that you can't judge an animal--or a person--before you know their story.

38 review for Banjo

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate Waggoner

    @Kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the publisher @randomhousekids and the author @grahamsalisbury for sharing an advance copy of Banjo with the #kidlitexchange network. Banjo will be released October 8, 2019. All opinions are my own. Danny Mack is a young rodeo star in eastern Oregon. He lives on a ranch with his dad, brother, and his dog, Banjo. One night, the brothers hear shots and Danny discovers that Banjo is missing. The next day, they find Banjo hiding in a cave with a bulle @Kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the publisher @randomhousekids and the author @grahamsalisbury for sharing an advance copy of Banjo with the #kidlitexchange network. Banjo will be released October 8, 2019. All opinions are my own. Danny Mack is a young rodeo star in eastern Oregon. He lives on a ranch with his dad, brother, and his dog, Banjo. One night, the brothers hear shots and Danny discovers that Banjo is missing. The next day, they find Banjo hiding in a cave with a bullet wound. Mr. Brodie, Danny's neighbor, then accuses Banjo of attacking his sheep and says that his boys protected the sheep by winging Banjo. He demands that Banjo be put down. Danny knows that Banjo is innocent and comes up with a plan to save him, but it goes wrong. Days later and many miles away, Meg Harris finds a scared and abandoned dog. Her family takes the poor pup in and is set on figuring out what happened to him and who his former owner is. Banjo was a fairly fast-paced book. The story is engaging and their is a big focus on relationships in the book both between humans and animals and human to human. Trust is a huge theme running throughout the novel. The trust between Danny and Banjo, between Danny and his father, between Danny and Meg, and between Meg and Amigo. Danny learns the hard way about trust and lies. I really enjoyed that this book took place in Oregon as it's my home state, and I know that I have some students who will pick it up just for the setting. Other students/readers will enjoy the rodeo scenes. The thing I enjoyed the most though was the focus on the relationship between Danny and his father. The author stated in the forward that he wanted to capture a meaningful father-son relationship and totally did. This book is both heartbreaking and heartwarming and perfect for thos who love stories about the bond between humans and animals.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    BANJO by Graham Salisbury Wendy Lamb Books October 2019 209 pages 978-0375842641 Ages 10 and up This is a Western. Do not be fooled. This book is about everywhere it just happens to take place in the American West. Buy your stock in Kleenex now...beat the rush. A dog book. A really great dog book. Hard to find these days and boy I really miss 'em. So, I'm with Joan Bauer on this one. Her quote says, "I love this book. Banjo the dog will leap i BANJO by Graham Salisbury Wendy Lamb Books October 2019 209 pages 978-0375842641 Ages 10 and up This is a Western. Do not be fooled. This book is about everywhere it just happens to take place in the American West. Buy your stock in Kleenex now...beat the rush. A dog book. A really great dog book. Hard to find these days and boy I really miss 'em. So, I'm with Joan Bauer on this one. Her quote says, "I love this book. Banjo the dog will leap into our arms and fill up your heart." Amen sister. I am with you. I'm not a teenaged boy. I have never roped a calf or a horse or anything else. I don't live in the west on a ranch. None of that matters a hoot because it's really not about that. Danny and Banjo are a team. Danny is a twelve-year-old boy who is an up-and-coming roper. Banjo is Danny's border collie. The two understand each other really, really well because well, you know, the dog is so dang smart. Then, the day comes when the neighboring rancher, Mr. Brodie, shows up at Danny's family's ranch with the news that Banjo killed some of Mr. Brodie's sheep the night before. According to the law of the land, Banjo will have to be put down. Put down. Danny's dad, Ray, tells Mr. Brodie they will take care of it. Then, Danny's dad agrees to let Danny be the one to kill the dog. What do you do with that tough choice? This is a story about the bonds between animals and people. This is a story about how magnificent a dog can be. This is a story about trust and honor and how life on a ranch with cattle and sheep and horses can ask a lot of a man, a woman, a guy or a girl. Danny's been handed a tough choice and it may be one of the hardest things he ever has to do in his entire life. Get out the tissue box now. Banjo will get your heart from about page 7 .... heck, pick a page and he'll have your heart.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Public library copy Danny lives on a ranch in Nevada with his father and older brothers. He loves his dog, Banjo, but one night Banjo doesn't come home. A neighbor, Mr. Brodie, claims that Banjo was chasing his sheep and was shot by one of his sons. Distraught, Danny hunts for his beloved dog and does find him, injured, in a cave. When he brings him home, Mr. Brodie brings the law and tells Danny that the dog needs to be put down. After trying unsuccessfully to rehome the Public library copy Danny lives on a ranch in Nevada with his father and older brothers. He loves his dog, Banjo, but one night Banjo doesn't come home. A neighbor, Mr. Brodie, claims that Banjo was chasing his sheep and was shot by one of his sons. Distraught, Danny hunts for his beloved dog and does find him, injured, in a cave. When he brings him home, Mr. Brodie brings the law and tells Danny that the dog needs to be put down. After trying unsuccessfully to rehome the dog somewhere far away, Danny says that he will shoot Banjo himself. He takes him far out in the woods but can't bring himself to pull the trigger, and abandons the dog instead. He feels awful, but hopes that this way Banjo has a bit of a chance. He does, when he is found by Meg, a girl who rides horses. She soon takes to the sweet tempered dog, but knows that he must belong somewhere. It turns out that Banjo has been microchipped, and after some sleuthing, Meg locates Danny. Of course, having Banjo alive is a big problem for him, especially since Mr. Brodie, who is a decent man, has given him a border collie puppy named Ruby. When further information about Banjo's shooting comes to light, Danny is able to exonerate Banjo. Strengths: I'm always glad to see books that are set on working farms, and both Danny's and Meg's lives are interesting. The Nevada setting is one I don't see very often. Salisbury is always an effective writer, and he delivers a gripping tale of canine fidelity. Weaknesses: The softhearted city slicker in me is appalled at the treatment of Banjo. Sylvie is definitely NOT a working dog! What I really think: Will definitely purchase for my fans of dog books.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    @Kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the publisher @randomhousekids and the author @grahamsalisbury for sharing an advance copy of Banjo with the #kidlitexchange network. Banjo will be released October 8, 2019. All opinions are my own.  I live and work in the West. A lot of my students actually are interested in rodeo, their families participate in rodeo, or they’ve been to a rodeo. I already know this book will do well in our library!  Our protagonist in Banjo @Kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the publisher @randomhousekids and the author @grahamsalisbury for sharing an advance copy of Banjo with the #kidlitexchange network. Banjo will be released October 8, 2019. All opinions are my own.  I live and work in the West. A lot of my students actually are interested in rodeo, their families participate in rodeo, or they’ve been to a rodeo. I already know this book will do well in our library!  Our protagonist in Banjo is a rising rodeo star who lives on a ranch in Oregon. He has a brother, a father, and a mother who left their family a long time ago. His family works hard for what they have, and they take pride in this.  Salisbury does a wonderful job creating a setting for young readers, from the smells, tastes, and different animals Danny encounters on his property. Danny’s relationship with his dog Banjo is well drawn, and when he has to separate from his dog due to unfortunate, very ranching specific circumstances, it’s heartbreaking. Young readers will empathize with Danny as he grapples with losing his dog, and what must come next. There is a very tidy ending with a blossoming, possibly more-than-friendship with a horse whispering girl who lives in the next town over. Additionally, Danny learns some hard lessons about truth, bravery, and standing up for himself. All important lessons for middle and upper elementary readers.  Will it circulate? You betcha. Kids gravitate toward books with animals on the cover, especially cute dogs. That fact that Salisbury writes another popular series, Calvin Coconut, that my younger students read, will help with promoting this one. 

  5. 4 out of 5

    Beth Mendelsohn

    Danny, a young rodeo star in Oregon, lives on a ranch with his father, older brother Tyrell, and border collie Banjo. One night, Danny hears gunshots and Banjo is nowhere to be found. Their neighbor claims that Banjo was going after their sheep and they are within their rights to shoot him. Danny finds Banjo hiding in a cave, the bullet having grazed his leg. The neighbor calls the police and Banjo is to be quarantined and euthanized. Danny insists that Banjo would never chase livestock, having Danny, a young rodeo star in Oregon, lives on a ranch with his father, older brother Tyrell, and border collie Banjo. One night, Danny hears gunshots and Banjo is nowhere to be found. Their neighbor claims that Banjo was going after their sheep and they are within their rights to shoot him. Danny finds Banjo hiding in a cave, the bullet having grazed his leg. The neighbor calls the police and Banjo is to be quarantined and euthanized. Danny insists that Banjo would never chase livestock, having not done so in the 7 years that he has owned him. Danny and Tyrell try in vain to find a new home for Banjo, leaving Danny to contemplate the unthinkable. He tells his father that he will put down Banjo himself, bringing him to the state forest 20 miles away where he and Tyrell scare him off to give him a chance to survive. Meanwhile, Meg who lives near that forest finds Banjo, wounded and scared. She brings him home determined to find his owner, furious that he was abandoned. Banjo is told in alternating points of view between Danny and Meg. I really wanted to like this book, having enjoyed Night of the Howling Dog several years ago. It is appropriate for grade 3 and up. I found the father’s lack of support for Danny and Banjo disturbing and the ending unsatisfying, making it difficult to recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    Salisbury sets his latest novel in Oregon ranch country, where he explores themes of loyalty, honesty, and the delicate balance between livestock and pets.

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