Monday, October 10, 2011

MG book review: A Dog's Way Home By Bobbie Pyron

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (February 22, 2011)

Book Blurb: One late fall afternoon, a tragic highway accident leaves eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved Shetland sheepdog, Tam, stranded at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Though each is determined to be reunited with the other, the days separating them turn to weeks, then months, and dangers and changes fill up Abby's and Tam's lives. Will they ever find their way back home to one another?
Caity's review: As an animal lover and dog owner, I really enjoyed A Dog's Way Home. This heart warming novel is told from the perspective of two alternating characters-- eleven year old Abby and Tam--which I thought made this book interesting and cute. How many times do you hear the dog's point-of-view? Another great aspect of this book is that it’s so realistic. Tam sounds and acts like a real dog and Abby, despite missing her pal, has to move on with her life by doing everyday things like going to school. I liked that. I was astonished by the variety of well written characters; I liked something about every one of them.

A Dog’s Way Home is a compelling page-turner with lots of adventure and drama that will touch your heart.

Rating: Liked it.

Favorite Excerpt: “Mama hurried over. “No Abby, you stay here. The road’s too narrow. Daddy and I will call him.”

“But he needs to hear my voice,” I said. “If he’s scared or hurt, he might not answer you.”

With a sigh, Mama helped me stand and brace myself against the car. Filling my lungs with hope I cried out as loud as I could, “Tam! Come here, Tam!”

Cover Comment: Tam’s pose is very cute.

Book source: Received from author for my honest review during a book tour.


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