This book is about a sweet friendship between a young boy and a dog he finds mistreated. He vows to work for a man, Judd, to be able to keep the dog, Shiloh. The Lexile level is 890L. I would use this in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. I would first do a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Marty (the protagonist) to Judd (the antagonist). Then we would hold a mock trial where Judd is on the defense for animal cruelty. The students will develop roles and create questions for the prosecution and defense. The mock trial would be better for a 5th or 6th grade classroom.