Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog
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Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog

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by Garth Stein
     
 

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Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?

Meet one funny dog—Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming

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Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?

Meet one funny dog—Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zoë, his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack—it isn't simply about going fast. And, applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family's challenges and emerges a hero. In the end, Enzo holds in his heart the dream that Denny will go on to be a racing champion with his daughter by his side. For theirs is an extraordinary friendship—one that reminds us all to celebrate the triumph of the human (and canine) spirit.

This is a special adaptation for young people of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling adult novel The Art of Racing in the Rain.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
Don't let the cover fool you, this book is not about a puppy. Stein weaves three stories together in this marvelous page turner: an autobiography of Enzo, a seasoned canine who hopes to reincarnate in the Mongolian tradition as a man, a story of champion race car driving, and the tale of insurmountable hurdles involving love and family. Enzo's life is told in first person (or first dog as it would be) from the moment he is lifted from the litter to the realization of the end of his long dog life. Denny—Enzo's master, friend, and companion—is a likeable character, regardless of his shortcomings. Although this book is an adaptation from the original adult book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, the heart-wrenching life conflicts may be too severe for the youngest readers. Older middle grade to young adult readers will not be able to put down this book. Regardless of age, keep the box of tissues nearby and enjoy a story that is complete from beginning to new beginning. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—An adaptation of Stein's adult novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain (HarperCollins, 2008). Enzo, an elderly dog who is preparing to die, reminisces about his life with a race-car driver. He is an observer and commenter on Denny's struggles to have a successful career and to raise his daughter despite professional and personal setbacks, including the death of his wife and a custody battle with her parents. The canine's take on things is occasionally far more knowing than a dog's or child's could be, and some themes will be difficult for a younger audience to relate to, although they will get the general emotional resonance and enjoy Enzo's optimistic and occasionally humorous view of humans. The most traumatic scene, Enzo's death, is spelled out clearly from the beginning and is handled in a positive and hopeful way as he is certain he will be reincarnated as a human. Kids looking for more adventure would be better served by Cynthia Kadohata's Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam (S & S, 2007), while those looking for stories they're more likely to relate to should try John Grogan's Marley: A Dog Like No Other (HarperCollins, 2007), but Racing in the Rain is a serviceable addition to collections looking for animal fiction.—Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062015761
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
72,332
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 5.22(h) x 0.68(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Garth Stein is the author of Enzo Races in the Rain!, based on the New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain (and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain). His other works include A Sudden Light, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writers.org, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to fostering a passion for the written word. Garth lives in Seattle with his family and his dog, Comet.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington, USA
Date of Birth:
December 6, 1964
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
BA Columbia University, Columbia College, '87, MFA Columbia University, School of the Arts, '90
Website:
http://www.garthstein.com

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Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 414 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a truly heart warming story told through the eyes of a dog, looking back at his life just before he dies. (Don't worry, you know that from the very beginning.) For anyone who has a place in their heart for dogs, this is the book for you. It is funny, heartwarming, inspiring and sometimes sad, but always a wonderful read. I have recommended this to so many people, and they all love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, and it was just heart warming!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brought me to tears. I major must read!
Ashley Forgy More than 1 year ago
This is worth reading, I read this book in 4 days total, I couldn't put it down! I literally laughed out loud several times, if you enjoy dogs, racing, or being inspired you will love this book!
lfiegl1 More than 1 year ago
This is not just the heartwarming story of a dog. It is Enzo's life philosophy, as determined by his canine experience and insight. I loved this book . It is poignant, happy. sad. funny. and thought provoking.all in one read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a ton of books but this book is by far the best one. The story of Enzo is so good and funny and sad. I was so sad at the end when _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _:( If i could, i wwould give this book 100,000,000,000,000 STARS! I LOVE YOU ENZO!!!!! From Me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its amazing!I was huggung and squeezig my dog wgen i was done!
Kathleen Leard More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, heartwarming story.
angie davis More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Enzo! I wuv Enzo! He is soooooooooooooo sweet! I hope my dog, Sadie turns out to be just like him! For dog lovers, Read This Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By RDavis
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like it too hit yes. KK
lilly herron More than 1 year ago
A story from the heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My ela teacher had us read books in class after i read jesse sapperstines book atipical life with atisum witch is a awsome book to i read this book and it was a good book Enzo reminds me of my old dog abby that passed on :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book in the world my favrit book ever . world i would give it 1000000000000000000000000000 stars
Sierra Rose Paddock More than 1 year ago
There are not enough stars to rate this read! Very touching and insiteful Highly recommend !
Avery Alexander More than 1 year ago
My first nookbook, i read it in 2 DAYS!!!!!! Why is there not a series of dannys life and the dogs that heal him, physicly and emotionally? You have GOT to read this book, it is funny and sad at the same time, all packed into one book. EXTRODINARY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the greatest books I have ever read! I do suggest that this book is well suited for young adults, but thats my opinion! It was perfect for me because I love animals and racing! I really makes racing in the rain sound easy but I bet it's WAY harder!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All this book got was 5 stars, and it deserved it! The amazing book with Enzo chasing (racing :D) his dreams is truly a heart melting story! I would highly reccomend it to all ages who need a good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is so true and sad its a wonderful story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For many storys the ending is the worst part. You have become friends with the characters and then, suddenly they are gone. Not so with this story, at the end you will smile because this great author wrote it with hope. The whole book is an entertaining and different perspective about overcoming the trials of life, from the perspective of a dog. Overall, the feeling of satisfaction and pleasant warmth that every reader craves in a truely warming story is garunteed here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad read the real one and said i should read the kids one and i lovesd it! It deserves 5stars. It was very heartwarming and it made me wonder about my dogs.................
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Art of Racing in the Rain has adult parts that this book doesn't have. It's age appropriate. I read it for the first time in fifth grade and loved it. So if you are a kid, this is the right book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down. Highly recommend . I am a dog lover, care giver and trainer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enzo steals your heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks u should so get it as long as yyour ok with sad loving kind parts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reccomend this book for any dog lovers this book is amazing i love it