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A Dog's Way Home

A Dog's Way Home

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by Bobbie Pyron

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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.

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


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.

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?

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."

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 4–8—Abby Whistler, 11, and her Shetland sheepdog, Tam, are inseparable. After winning the Junior Agility Championship in a town 400 miles away from home, Abby puts her dog into his crate in the back of her mama's truck. They are involved in a terrible accident when their truck swerves to avoid hitting a deer. Tam, stuck in his crate, is thrown into the raging ice-cold river and Abby ends up in the hospital. The two are forced apart by fate. Tam is injured and endures dangerous encounters in the wild, while Abby's family moves to Nashville, TN. Months pass, and it seems like Abby and Tam will never be reunited. Will their love and strong bond beat the odds and bring them back together? Bobby Pyron's story (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011) is told from the points of view of the girl and her dog by Emily Eiden and Chuck Carrington, who reflect their emotions and bring the characters to life. An excellent addition to audiobook collections.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
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.)
“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.”
Kathi Appelt
“Bobbie Pyron gives us a triumphant story about faith and hope and never giving up, especially on the ones you love.”
Gary D. Schmidt
“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.”
Patricia MacLachlan
“Beautifully written, this is an important story that speaks to the special kinship between child and dog. I simply LOVE this book!”
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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Listening Library, Inc.
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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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Dog's Way Home 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me shead tears in the end. It was so amazing and breath taking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best i have ever read i am in fifth grade my mom is reading
Syds_Shelf More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get it it is the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a dogs way home is one of my fafoit books in the ol intar world it is sad at some parts than others!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the best book i have EVER read!!! Such a great story and an adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little sad but it has a very happy ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i read the begining last summer just the beging in wonderful u will so want this book i hsve to read the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the adventure and it's sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm reading this book at home and it is one of my favorite books ever!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is sooooo good !! I HIGHLY reccomend .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lllllooooovvvvveeeee this book Like a fat man loves chalklet cake! :))))))))))))))))))))))))) :)))))))))))))))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would so give it 10 out of 5 stars. When it goes from Tam to Abby and back ou can feel and think how they both think about losing there best friends. Then Abby moves and Tam is making a painful and long jurney to be wit his loyell owner. It is a little emotional but it warms your heart from the insde out. Somebody gets a heart attack and Abby breaks her leg. She loves
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it on my schools nook and i loved it! I am thinking of buying it again to enjoy this book forever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teaacher is reading it to our class I think its sad,but good can't wait to see what hapens