What a lovely, lovely story.
Perfect as a read-aloud or for good 8+ readers.
This is the story of Hal - an only child to rich parents. A child who has everything...except a dog of his own. For his 10th birthday, Hal's father arranges to hire a dog for the weekend to "get it out of his syetem."
Of course Hal and Fleck fall in love and refuse to be parted.
What follows is a road trip complete with runaway children, dogs and bumbling private detectives. A journey that gives everyone (especially Hal's parents) time to think about what's really important to them.
Delightful and heart-warming. And very sad to think that this will be Ibbotson's last novel.