Nop's Hope

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As Nop’s Hope begins, Penny Burkeholder is on the road in her battered pickup, earning what money she can on the sheepdog trail circuit with her only friend in the world, her dog Hope, a remarkable border collie. After a hard and dangerous journey, Penny arrives at the national ?nals in Wyoming, where the strength of her bond with Hope is challenged in the arena. There she is reunited at last with her father and mother, and Hope is reunited with Nop. As wise about animals as it is about the mystery of human love,...

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Overview

As Nop’s Hope begins, Penny Burkeholder is on the road in her battered pickup, earning what money she can on the sheepdog trail circuit with her only friend in the world, her dog Hope, a remarkable border collie. After a hard and dangerous journey, Penny arrives at the national ?nals in Wyoming, where the strength of her bond with Hope is challenged in the arena. There she is reunited at last with her father and mother, and Hope is reunited with Nop. As wise about animals as it is about the mystery of human love, Nop’s Hope will be warmly received by those who remember Nop’s Trials and by countless others who will encounter this enthralling saga for the first time.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This quietly moving sequel to Nop's Trials is both a poignant study of one woman's struggle with overwhelming grief and a heartfelt celebration of the love between humans and dogs. Mourning her husband and young daughter, who have died in a car accident, destitute teacher Penny Burkeholder sets off from Virginia in a pickup truck with her black-and-white Border collie, Hope, to travel the sheepdog trial circuit--the county fairs, ranches and farms from Florida to Oregon where trained dogs and their handlers compete for cash prizes. Penny's father, Lewis, featured in Nop's Trials , and Hope's sire, wise old Nop himself, make appearances as Penny, emotionally numbed by her tragedy, reconciles with her parents at the national championship in Wyoming. Throughout, McCaig anthropomorphizes the competing dogs (``Hope grinned at him. `Tomorrow I shall work woolies. Tomorrow and the day after. Oh, I am a fine stockdog' '') in order to evoke their thoughts and emotions. Although this is a less than sophisticated approach to canine consciousness, it effectively makes the dogs an integral part of this unpretentious tale, which is told in lean, crisp prose. Hope in particular, a boundlessly willing, intelligent, powerful and savvy dog who protects and comforts his owner, will win readers' hearts. (May)
School Library Journal
YA-Coping with the accidental death of her husband and young child, Penny competes in the Border collie trials throughout the nation. Talented Hope, son of Nop (Nop's Trials [Lyons & Burford, 1992]), learns from experience and does better and better, winning prize money and prestige. McCaig's love of dogs and this breed is shown in details of competition and the relationship between the animal and the owner/ trainer. A delightful diversion occurs when he shows what the dogs are thinking or saying about their owners or their surroundings. A sense of adventure is maintained as Penny takes jobs to earn money or competes with Hope. As her mother and father have an important role in the story, YAs will see that parents continue to participate in the lives of their adult children. A short, easy-to-read novel with lots of dialogue.-Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599211350
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 737,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Novelist Donald McCaig is the renowned author of Nop's Trials. He and his wife run a sheep farm in the mountains of Western Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    An amazing sequel

    'Nop's Hope' is the sequel to one of my favorite books 'Nop's trials' McCaig is an outstanding author who invites you into the world of man and dog...

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