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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Dog Aliens 1: Raffle's Name by Cherise Kelley is the story of dogs, which are actually aliens called Kaxians who like to dig tunnels and use the dirt to power their ships. They are hounded by the Niques that look like Chihuahuas, but are also aliens. They can breed with wolves, which are similar to their own species, and this was the reason why they chose to come to Earth. Clem is the main character in the story, a puppy who lives with humans, near their dig site. But Clem breaks the rules too many times and his humans take him out into the middle of nowhere and leave him. Left out on his own, Clem has to make his own way now that he does not have humans to rely on.
Cherise Kelley has written a strange yet entertaining story with Dog Aliens 1: Raffle's Name. I think that kids around 8-12 will find it entertaining. The story might have been a little complex for the younger end, but they will like the animals in the story. The idea that the Kaxians live multiple lives may be a hard concept for a child to grasp. It borders on reincarnation. It is sort of at a halfway point between being a book for a child and a book for a young adult. The story is still good though, the characters are memorable and engaging, and I think it will do quite well on the market.