January 9, 2012

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Worldcat Summary: 
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Bookskoetter Rating:=5/5

Bookskoetter Review: 
I LOVED this book!  I am thrilled that it made it to the list of next year's Gateway nominees, because I can definitely see it being a favorite, especially among dog lovers.  Cameron does a great job telling this often hilarious story from a dog's point of view.  I literally laughed out loud reading the dog's perspective of being house trained!  I don't currently have a dog, but I know that I will be thinking about this book the next time we get a puppy.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dogs - both young adults and adults!  (In fact, I've already spoken to several students and teachers who loved it!)

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