A Dog's Way Home

Bobbie Pyron, HarperCollins/Tegen, $16.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-198674-1
In the tradition of The Incredible Journey and Lassie Come-Home comes a heartwarming, suspenseful tale of a dog's arduous 400-mile journey to find his 11-year-old owner, Abby. Tam, a champion sheltie, nearly loses his life on his way home from a competition when the truck he's in slides off the road and his crate is thrown into a creek. He manages to escape a watery death, but finding his way back to "his girl," who was hospitalized after the crash, proves physically exhausting and requires learning new survival skills. Meanwhile, Abby refuses to believe Tam is dead, even after weeks pass and her family pulls up stakes in Harmony Gap, N.C., to move to Nashville. Switching credibly between Abby and Tam's perspectives (in first- and third-person, respectively), Pyron (The Ring) draws parallels between the changes that each undergoes. Tension mounts as unforeseen obstacles make it seem as though dog and owner will never reunite, yet readers, like the story's heroes, aren't likely to give up hope. With vibrant, sympathetic characterizations, Pyron creates an inspiring portrayal of devotion and survival against all odds. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/31/2011
Release date: 02/01/2011
Hardcover - 272 pages - 978-0-06-198673-4
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-206969-6
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-06-198672-7
Prebound-Glued - 321 pages - 978-1-61383-642-2
Compact Disc - 978-0-449-01386-1
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