Mega-Dogs of New Kansas
The story of a girl and her dog—in space.
Sienna Barlow loves nothing more than riding around New Kansas on top of her mega-dog, Gus. He’s one of the massive pooches protecting the human settlers of a strange planet. In fact, Sienna connects better with Gus than with other kids. So when a visiting official threatens to shut down the mega-dog program, Sienna sneaks off with her best friend. After she, Gus, and a stowaway crash their escape ship, they discover a danger to every human in their community—and launch a wild plan to save New Kansas.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Category||Diverse Books: Mental Health & Neurodiversity, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Graphic Universe ™|
|Number of Pages||144|
|Text Type||Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy|
|BISACS||JUV008140, JUV008040, JUV002070|
|Dimensions||7 x 9|
|Guided Reading Level||W|
|ATOS Reading Level||2.8|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||509828|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||1.0|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed|
Author: Dan Jolley
Dan Jolley began writing professionally at the age of 19. Since starting out in comic books, he has worked for DC (Firestorm), Marvel (Dr. Strange), Dark Horse (Aliens), and Image (G.I. Joe). He later branched out into licensed-property novels (Star Trek), film novelizations (Iron Man), and original novels, including the urban fantasy series Five Elements and the Audible Original House of Teeth. Working with Erin Hunter, he has scripted the manga stories set in the Warriors universe. Dan lives with his wife Tracy and a handful of largely inert felines in northwest Georgia. Readers can learn more about him at www.danjolley.com.
Illustrator: Jacques Khouri
Jacques Khouri makes animated films, works on commercials, teaches, and draws comics for a living. His influences range from animated cartoons to European and American comics. He currently lives in Montreal. You can find his work at ijotalot.com and jackkhouri.com. Please follow him on Tumblr or Instagram at @ijotalot.
- Eleanor Cameron Notable Middle Grade Books List
- The Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
School Library Journal
“[An] adventure to keep readers turning pages. . . . dog fans will be pleased.”—School Library Journal
“An inventive intergalactic romp.”—Kirkus Reviews