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A DOG'S WAY HOME by Bobbie Pyron


by Bobbie Pyron

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Feb. 22nd, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-198674-1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

Fans of the Lassie stories and The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford (1961), will lose themselves in this harrowing adventure. Abby and her Shetland sheepdog, Tam, have a deep, loving bond. When a car accident sends Tam careening out of the truck and lands Abby in the hospital, they spend the rest of the novel separated by hundreds of miles in winter, seeking one another. The tension rises, sometimes frustratingly so, as one distressing event after another keeps them apart. Devastated, Abby allows her dreams, visions known in her family as The Sight, to convince her that Tam is alive and working his way home. Meanwhile, Tam struggles in the hostile wilderness facing heartbreaking loneliness, starvation, animal attacks and harsh weather. Survival seems impossible, but he’s helped along by occasional friendships, with both humans and other animals. Cutting between Abby’s and Tam’s perspectives, the short chapters keep up a fast-paced momentum. When it seems that neither Tam nor readers can withstand one more heart-piercing obstacle, Abby’s true grit triumphs. This is an uplifting tale of devotion, perseverance and love beyond boundaries, and it’s worth every taut word.  (Adventure. 8- 12)