Allergic

Megan Wagner Lloyd

Michelle Mee Nutter

Maggie has dreamed of having her very own dog. On her birthday, she goes and picks out the perfect puppy only to find out she's allergic! Can Maggie beat her allergy and have a furry pet like she's always dreamed of?

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Readers who enjoy the true-to-life portrayals of growing pains in works such as Smile and Roller Girl; readers who are working through their own allergy diagnosis

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Chi's Sweet Home

Konami Kanata

One day while out and about with her family, young kitten Chi gets separated and lost. A young boy and his family find her crying in a playground and take her home. One problem: no pets allowed in the family's home! Thus begins the hijinks of adventurous kitten Chi and her new family, the Yamadas.

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This is great for fans of the slice of life style stories like Yotsuba&, or stories of people and their cats, like A Man and His Cat. It's sweet, funny, and easy to just keep reading and reading.

Recommended by

Shannan Prukop

Fetch

Nicole J. Georges

Nicole Georges brings home Beija as an ill-advised Christmas gift for her boyfriend. Beija is loud and difficult, and Nicole quickly finds herself attached. Together they move through life as Nicole struggles to find herself and Beija a place to belong.

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Readers who have always felt like the outsider; Readers looking for a story about a difficult dog; Readers who like Sy Montgomery's work

Content Notes

Self-harm, suicide, and abuse/neglect

Creator Identities:

  • Sexuality: 7027

Main Character Identities:

  • Sexuality: 5364
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Great Pet Escape

Victoria Jamieson

GW the hamster wants nothing more than to escape his life as an elementary school class pet. When he finally escapes his cage, his old friends Barry the Bunny and Biter the guinea pig are reluctant to leave their lives. Before they can deal with their feelings, a new challenger appears! Can GW and his friends save the day and escape to the lives they want?

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Readers who liked the funny hijinks in the Secret Life of Pets

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Hex Vet

Sam Davies

Nan and Clarion may both be apprentice veterinarians, but otherwise they're nothing alike. So when the two are left alone at the office while their boss has to go handle a house call, things of course go wrong. But they manage to work together to fix everything (just about) before she gets back! And maybe understand each other a little better too.

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Great for fans of gentle witchy series, like The Okay Witch, or supernatural stories of adventure like Lumberjanes!

Recommended by

Shannan Prukop

Katie the Catsitter

Colleen AF Venable

Stephanie Yue

In a city where clashes between superheroes and villains are a regular occurrence, Katie wants nothing more than to go to sleepaway camp with her best friend. Katie starts cat sitting for her upstairs neighbor Madeline, who has 217 cats in her apartment! Katie quickly realizes that these are no ordinary cats and Madeline seems to disappear right around when the Mousetress, the city's infamous villain, is in action. Can Katie manage her charges and crack the case?!

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Fans of real-life drama from stories like Smile and the Olive series

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Pawcasso

Remy Lai

Main character Jo makes an unexpected friend during her summer vacation when she follows an unaccompanied dog to the local shopping center and discovers that the dog knows how to shop! Without the dog's owner around, everyone in town assumes that the dog is Jo's, including an art class at the local bookstore. Not wanting to disappoint her new friends she continues to pretend that this dog, which the members of the art class name Pawcasso, is hers. Things escalate as Jo tries to keep up this rouse and find out who Pawcasso's real owners are.

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Reader who wish that Raina Telgemeier's works had more dogs in them will find their perfect match with this book.

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6833
Recommended by

Tayla Cardillo

Science Comics: Dogs

Andy Hirsch

Why does your dog do that one thing? How did human interaction and influence get us the dog breeds we know and love? Join Rudy the dog as he explores these topics and more in this colorful, fact-packed graphic novel!

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Readers who want a fun, solid introduction to dog behavior and genetics.

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Snapdragon

Kat Leyh

Most of the kids at school know that Snap is weird. As a result she doesn't have many friends, but she is content to have her dog Good Boy as her one companion. When Good Boy goes missing she suspects that he is at an elderly woman's house who everyone in town thinks is a witch. Snap discovers that she is not a witch, but an eccentric old woman who collects road kill to sell their bones online. As Snap spends more time with this woman, a companionship grows between them, and Snap starts to discover that their may be more truth to the rumors about this woman then she originally thought.

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Fans of Shannon Hale, Raina Telgemeier, Jennifer Holm, and Brenna Thummler’s Sheets

Creator Identities:

  • Sexuality: 7031

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5974, 5357
Recommended by

Tayla Cardillo

The Tea Dragon Festival

Katie O'Neill

In this companion to The Tea Dragon Society, also by O'Neill, readers follow main character Rinn as she tries to find her place in her small remote village. The most notable thing about this village is that they take care of small dog sized creatures called tea dragons, and in exchange for the food and affection the tea dragons give them tea from the herbs and flowers that grow from their bodies. Rinn makes an unexpected discovery while forging in the woods that changes her life and the lives of the others who live in the village forever.

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Anyone looking for a cozy story with a dash of magic will want to savor the rich colors and detailed spreads in this graphic novel.

Content Notes

Readers do not need to have read the first book to enjoy this story.

Creator Identities:

  • Gender Identity: Nonbinary

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 7641
Recommended by

Tayla Cardillo

With a Dog and a Cat Every Day is Fun

Hidekichi Matsumoto

Manga artist Hidekichi Matsumoto has a dog and a cat-Inu wants to play and snuggle while Neko prefers to show affection in more subtle ways . This collection of cute short comics that will have pet owners nodding their heads and laughing along.

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Fans of cute slice-of-life comics and people who love looking at pet photos on social media

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6849

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5397
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Wonder Cat Kyuu-Chan

Sasami Nitori

When Hinata rescues a cat, he gets an adorable, supportive companion in Kyuu-Chan . From tender moments at home to adventures, this collection of short comics will put a smile on your face!

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Readers who like cute, quirky animal stories such as With A Dog and A Cat and Every Day is Fun

Creator Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 6849

Main Character Identities:

  • Race and/or Nationality: 5397
Recommended by

Megan Rupe

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