Ghost Dog Secrets is my favorite of this year’s Mark Twain nominees. Peg Kehret is a master writer of children’s suspense and her latest does not disappoint. Our hero, Rusty, sees a chained mistreated German Shepherd on his way to school and begins to feed the abused animal. Rusty names him Ra and slowly gains his trust. With his friend Andrew and the urging of a ghost collie, he rescues the dog. But the dog’s abusive owner wants Ra back and will do anything to get him. Great storytelling that doesn’t dumb down or gloss over complex and heartbreaking situations. Great book.