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What if all the stars, moons, and suns in the heavens were inhabited by gods? Diana Wynne Jones answers that question in this fictional novel when she introduces reader to Sirius, the temperamental god of the Dog Star, who is framed for a murder he did not commit. As punishment, his powers are removed and he is sentenced to live the life of a dog on Earth. Once there, he is raised by a kind Irish girl and he tries protecting her from English bigots. Meanwhile, the real murderers journeys to Earth to kill the former god.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a killer (criminal) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Religious overtones?    -   Yes Animal Story    -   Yes Kind of animal    -   dog

Main Character

Identity:    -   magical being Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can change shapes    -   can talk to animals    -   is very quick


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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