The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried for murder by his heavenly peers and found guilty. His sentence: to be reborn on Earth as a dog until such time as he carries out the seemingly impossible mission imposed on him.
In his Earth guise, Sirius, renamed Leo, truly lives a dog’s life. Although he is the pet of a girl who loves him, both child and dog are mistreated by the family with whom they live. But the worldly obstacles Leo faces are minor when compared with his chilling encounters with the Dark Powers that are set against him. His quest seems hopeless until at last Sol, Moon, and Earth itself come to his aid.
I have only read Dogsbody once! And it was somewhat traumatizing. Here’s what I said when I reviewed it in 2012:
That said, after reading [Dogsbody] I remembered why I mostly prefer post-Chrestomanci DWJ books to pre-Chrestomanci. Her early books have a different feeling to them than her later ones, though the elements and individual DWJ-ish touches are usually the same. For example! Dogsbody has some truly heinous adults running around causing trouble, kids being subjugated and mistreated, and almost psychedelic fantasy/sci-fi moments that somehow make it all worse. It’s a very dark book, much darker than I was expecting, and though there’s good to balance out the bad, the bittersweet ending didn’t exactly make me want to shout “HURRAH I’ve finally read Dogsbody.” Instead I just sat there and stared at the walls for a bit going “well, I didn’t expect that.”
It’s a very strange feeling, being afraid to reread a book, but I kinda am! Have you read Dogsbody?