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A Dog's Way Home

by Bobbie Pyron

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A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2011
    336 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Daddy says, "Most folks got a north star in their life - something that gives their life extra meaning. Mine is music."

Without even thinking, I say, "Mine is Tam." Abby knows that Tam, her Shetland sheepdog, is her North Star, and she's pretty certain she's his, too. But when an accident separates Abby and Tam, it feels as though all the stars have fallen out of the sky and nothing will ever be right again. As the days between them turn to weeks, then months, dangers and changes fill up Abby's and Tam's lives. Will they ever find their way home to each other?

Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, A Dog's Way Home is an unforgettable tale of the many miles, months, and mountains that divide two loyal friends - but that can't possibly keep them apart.

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"Starred Review. With vibrant, sympathetic characterizations, Pyron creates an inspiring portrayal of devotion and survival against all odds. Ages 8-12." - Publishers Weekly

"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..." - Kirkus Reviews

"Bobbie Pyron gives us a triumphant story about faith and hope and never giving up, especially on the ones you love." - Kathi Appelt, author of Newbery Honor book The Underneath.

"It takes a special kind of storyteller to speak from a dog's point of view with authenticity, as well as from a child's true voice. Beautifully written, this is an important story that speaks to the special kinship between child and dog. I simply love this book!" - Patricia MacLachlan, author of Newbery Award-winning Sara Plain and Tall.

"This is a novel about the journeys that we take to find our own true North Stars - journeys that call for courage, loyalty, hope, and guts. A Dog's Way Home is at times hilarious, at times mystical, at times page-turningly suspenseful; the heartbeat of this story - like the strong heartbeat of the Sheltie at its center - will stay with you for a very, very long time." - Gary Schmidt, author of Newbery Award-winning Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and The Wednesday Wars.

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Jazmyn

A dog's way home
Very nice written. Nice words and a great adventure for any age! Very nice job, hope you continue to write more.

claire

great but sad
I love this story! Very long but fun at some times I don't get how the end really happens - how would she know he's there ?

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Bobbie Pyron calls A Dog's Way Home "my own personal love letter to all the great, classic dog books I've read and loved—and to all the dogs I've loved too." As a part-time librarian, Bobbie enjoys sharing dog stories and books of all kinds with readers. Bobbie is also the author of The Ring, a teen novel about the world of competitive boxing.


When she's not writing, working as a librarian, or volunteering with animal rescue organizations, Bobbie and her dogs Boo, Teddy, and Sherlock can often be found walking in the woods of Park City, Utah, with her husband, Todd.

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