Kuya Kai, the Adventures of an Alaskan Chow Puppy [NOOK Book]

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Kuya Kai, a year old chow puppy, resident of Anchorage, Alaska, experiences adventures on the busy streets and wilderness trail systems of this northern metropolitan city. Confused by the family’s move from the old house to the new house, Kuya and his dog cousin Kijik, a Husky mix breed, become separated from their humans. While Kijik is rescued early-on in the adventure, Kuya is not so ...
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Kuya Kai, the Adventures of an Alaskan Chow Puppy

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Overview

New updated version with full color photos and map!

Kuya Kai, a year old chow puppy, resident of Anchorage, Alaska, experiences adventures on the busy streets and wilderness trail systems of this northern metropolitan city. Confused by the family’s move from the old house to the new house, Kuya and his dog cousin Kijik, a Husky mix breed, become separated from their humans. While Kijik is rescued early-on in the adventure, Kuya is not so fortunate and faces one life threatening challenge after another as he attempts to find his way eleven miles across Anchorage. This unique city, carved from a wilderness that still intertwines with shopping centers and suburbs, presents seemingly insurmountable obstacles, threats and adventures for any dog, especially one so young and inexperienced, but it is the path home if Kuya can puzzle out the intricacies of the many intersecting trails and survive the dangers and challenges he encounters on his odyssey.
Told from his own youthful point of view, "Kuya Kai" is a coming of age novel for early adolescent readers and adults, as well. A great "read aloud" adventure, the whole family will laugh at Kuya's innocent perceptions and cheer him on as, despite his injuries and fear, he discovers the strength and courage to find his way home to his beloved Cindy.
Go to Kuya Kai's Facebook page to see photos of Kuya Kai and Kijik both during the story and as they grow up. The online Facebook pictures can be used while reading the story to identify action from chapter to chapter.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012564177
  • Publisher: Janice Lawson
  • Publication date: 1/10/2011
  • Series: Where Have You Been?, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 240 KB

Meet the Author

Janice Lawson lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, with her husband and best friend, Ed. Both are retired public school teachers of reading, writing, and adolescent fiction. Recently retired from teaching writing courses at Colorado Mesa University, Ms. Lawson has taught hundreds of students to love and improve their own writing.
A native born Alaskan herself, Ms. Lawson's daughter Jenna still lives in Anchorage with her dog, Kijik. At the time of the writing of "Kuya Kai", daughter Cindy lived there, as well. Her Kuya is a real dog, whose story is based on actual events, as reported by witnesses. The missing two and a half days were based on what could have happened, as he would have had to cross the wilderness park and orient himself through its maze of trails, in order to find his way home. Kuya and Cindy now live in Breckenridge, Colorado.
A published poet, Ms. Lawson also co-authored and published "The Grand County Heritage Cookbook," and works on an ongoing saga, "A Diary of Christmases", which will be published as soon as "a suitable ending presents itself". A sequel to "Kuya Kai", "On the Fly, Kijik and I", Book Two in the "Where Have You Been?" Series, " will be released later this year.
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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    A Great Middle School Age Book, and a Must Read

    This was a great book for any age person. I can't wait to read the next book. I think anyone will enjoy this series. Once again I absolutely LOVED this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

    so cute

    ok i admit i looked at the book because of its insanely cute cover, but then i downloaded the sample and loved it so i bought it. its a great short read

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    A must read!

    Using Kuya's own words, "I was a goner, a bona fide victim of puppy love!" before I finished the first chapter of this fun story! I was "had, heart and soul" as I read on about that adventurous young dog who worked his way through an eleven-mile maze of Alaskan wilderness. Author Lawson has woven a wonderful tale that will hold your interest to the end. It will also earn your respect for quality writing and good old-fashioned story telling.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    A Real Page-Turner!

    I finished Kuya Kai last night. Really cute! Kuya has quite an adventure; meeting moose, a bear, a bigger dog, a cute girl dog, and some ravens along the way. Based on fact and told frome Kuya's point of view, this story is pretty realistic, with a sprinkling of fantasy. It kept me hoping with every adventure, that Kuya would finally make the decision that would bring him home. In the end, he gets help from an unexpected group of friends. I found myself wiping a tear over the "magic" words at the very end. I think this would make a GREAT read-aloud for kids aged 3-12. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    highly recommended for children and young adolescents

    A very readable and highly engaging doggy adventure story. It has elements of danger, humor, unrequited puppy love and just a touch of puppy humor that will keep all ages giggling. I loved Kuya and his world.

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