Welcome back to the FYA Reading Challenge! This month’s prompt is to read a book featuring loyal pet!

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the loyal pet tag. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Reading Challenge Recs

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness features one of YA’s all-time greatest loyal pets (“Poo, Todd”) in Manchee.

Being Mary Bennet

Sir Pat will win your heart with his bearded whiskers and judgmental stares in Being Mary Bennet by J.C. Peterson.

Mastiff (Beka Cooper #3)

It’s easy to dig up political corruption when you’ve got a loyal scent hound like Achoo on your side in Mastiff by Tamora Pierce.


In Whistle by E. Lockhart and Manuel Preitano, a stray Great Dane gets superpowers along with the main character and creates a connection that goes beyond man’s best friend.

Hidden Current (The Dancing Realms #1)

A character’s care and competence with his animal companion ramps up the Swoonworthy Scale in Sharon Hinck’s Hidden Current.

I’ll Be There

We’re suckers for fat old family dogs like the one in I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Which book(s) are you planning to read for this prompt? Let us know in the comments!

Mandy (she/her) is a manager at a tech company who lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, son, and dogs. She loves superheroes and pretty much any show or movie with “Star” in the name.