A Dog's Way Home [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Booklist
“Readers will find it tough not to flip to the final pages to find out how this heartfelt story ends. Hand this to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Shiloh and Kathi Appelt’s The Underneath and they will not be disappointed.”
VOYA - Lona Trulove
A Dog's Way Home is a heartwarming story filled with suspense that will keep animal lovers turning pages. We meet a tough, loyal, true friend named Tam, a Shetland sheepdog. Tam belongs to Abby Whistler, a young girl from Harmony Gap, North Carolina, and Abby belongs to Tam. Tam and Abby are a team from the first chapter as they compete in the Southeast Virginia Junior Agility Championship and come away victorious. The action and suspense start in the second chapter when they are in a terrible car accident and are separated. Tam begins a long journey to find Abby, and Abby never gives up hope. As Tam is battling the elements, cruel people, and a broken heart to find his way home, Abby is, in turn, battling growing up, fitting in at school, and moving on while nursing her aching heart. Each chapter is told from the point of view of either Abby or Tam, which gives rich insight into both characters while helping to create a bond with the reader. This is a quick read rich with themes about loyalty, courage, hope, and love. Both boys and girls will cheer for Tam and bond with Abby on their journeys. Animal lovers of all ages will enjoy meeting this unforgettable team. Reviewer: Lona Trulove
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—On their way home from an agility championship competition that Abby's Shetland sheepdog won, Abby and her mother are in an accident. Tam is thrown, cage and all, from the car into the river. The sixth grader and her mom are both in need of emergency medical help. No one is able to return to look for Tam until days later when there is no sign of him. In alternating chapters, Tam and Abby tell their stories. The dog's is one of harrowing hardship and dangerous circumstances, reminiscent of Sheila Burnford's The Incredible Journey (Little, Brown, 1961) as he attempts to travel hundreds of miles home to "his girl." Abby is experiencing the stress of moving and fitting in at a new school because of her dad's job, but her thoughts never stray from her beloved dog. Though months go by, Abby never gives up hope that somehow Tam will be found. This is encouraged by her grandmother, who has psychic visions of Tam trying to come home. Other mystical elements play well, such as a coyote that befriends the dog and later returns as an apparition to lead him along the correct route. There is a guardian crow, too, that protects Tam and is key in the story's finale. The alternating, brief chapters effectively help set the fast pace of the story. Though there may be too many near-death experiences for Tam, creating frustration rather than adding tension to the plot, the subject matter and page-turning intensity will hook animal lovers, including reluctant readers.—Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062069696
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 127,485
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

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 youth librarian, Bobbie enjoys sharing dog stories, and books of all kinds, with young readers. 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, where she lives with her husband, Todd.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Heartwarming

    Eleven-year-old Abby's best friend is her dog Tam. While driving home after a competition, they are involved in an accident which sends Abby to the hospital. Tam's crate is thrown from the vehicle and no one can locate him. Abby is sick with worry, but she knows Tam is out there somewhere and she has to find him. Tam is just as strong-willed as Abby and will fight against all odds to make it back home to Abby.

    Ms. Pyron has written a beautiful story of friendship, hope and survival. As a child I loved books and movies that dealt with dogs and their owners. One of my favorites was The Incredible Journey, and this book was very reminiscent of that. Abby is a very strong young woman, and her hope and determination in finding her best friend is admirable. The book alternates between Abby and Tam, and I found myself rooting for Tam as he fought his way back home to his human. This book is fun and full of adventure. It's a heartwarming tale of the bond between humans and their beloved pets. I highly recommend it.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!

    A dogs way home is just an amazing and heartfelt story that brought tears to my eyes (in a good way). I think all kids wil love it as I did.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    LOVED IT.

    This book was a heart felt story about a young girl who loses her dog. As the story swiches back and forth between the girl and the dogs side of the story, you read about a loving girl who never stops believing her lost dog will come, to a faithful dog who never stops trying to get home. This book is a great read for avy age!!:)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    I love this book it is really good best book ever

    It is the best i have ever read i am in fifth grade my mom is reading

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Wow

    This book made me shead tears in the end. It was so amazing and breath taking

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    "Awsome animal adventere"!

    It was really cool because one of my favorite animals are dogs and it was a little sad and a happy animal adventure and recommend it for all ages .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Review: Heartwarming and A MustBuy book

    This book is awesome. Well, more than overused AWESOME, its emotional for me. I like books with both point of views like this had - so it didnt bore you with one point of view only. Yes it is very sad but it has the same appeal of Ann m Martins Its a dogs life.

    Poor points: no poor points in my opinion. Someobe here said the girl kept whining about her dog but i disagree.

    I loved the book and it has the overall similarity of The incredible journey.


    Get this book if u are a dog lover. PLEASE!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    :) buy it!

    Best book ever never read something better i got it at a bok fair andlooked it up on here

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    My 5th-Grade Daughter's New Favorite Book

    Usually my daughter would rather draw or play computer games than read, but she gobbled this one up in two days. Now I know why: the story is filled with action, drama, close calls, and all sorts of adventures. Plus, there are interesting school and family issues tossed into the mix. A wonderful cast of characters complement the main points of view: the dog making his way home & the girl determined not to give up on her beloved companion.

    You'll want to keep a few tissues handy while devouring this page-turner!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    A dogs way home

    The book gives you eximent and is kid freindly. I recommend you to read this book. The book is about a young girl that goes on a long jouney to find her dog that is lost, there are two characters that talk thourgh out this main book the young girl and her dog! : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Great book

    This book made me cry just like SHILOH ;.)..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Abby and her dog, Tam, are separated because of a car crash. A

    Abby and her dog, Tam, are separated because of a car crash. Abby and Tam are separated for months and months and months! Abby is trying to track Tam down but he keeps trying to come home and that’s not helping the situation any. He keeps running into bumps in the road, as in he gets adopted by a lady and she almost dies and so her son and her friend are trying to find him but they didn’t know he was a stray even though he’ s trying to go home. Also he gets caught and sent to the pound, and then he loses his little coyote friend to a big mean hunter and he also keeps getting mistaken for a red fox! Then he goes to a ranger station and stays there and finally Abby tracks him down and takes him home. This book was really awesome, even though there were some ups and downs and some happy and sad parts too. I would recommend this book to animal lovers because just like I did I had gotten tears in my eyes because the dog and his girl were apart for so long. I’d also recommend this book to kids that are the same age of me and I just might recommend this book to one of my classmates especially if they are animal lovers too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Amazing

    Get it it is the best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Loooovvvveee it

    Awesome book made me cry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    how good it is!!!

    a dogs way home is one of my fafoit books in the ol intar world it is sad at some parts than others!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Awesome!!!!

    Its the best book i have EVER read!!! Such a great story and an adventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Awesome!!!!!! A little sad but very happy

    A little sad but it has a very happy ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Sooo sad I cried but happy

    I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Best book ever!!!!

    This book is awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Sad but Happy

    It is sad because Tam is lost and straving to death but Abby will not stop looking till she finds Tam! It is an a avench trying to find Tam! You should read this book!

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