The Winner's Walk
by Nancy Ruth Patterson
Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Case Callahan dreams of someday being a winner like everyone else in his family. Will he win the talent show? Will his science fair project on the heart come out on top? Could he finally win a horse show?
Right after an accident brings him to a new low, a four-legged angel shows up in a most peculiar place and gives him new hope. This dog is amazing! Is there anything he can't do? Might he actually win the dog show?
A sudden turn in events teaches Case Callahan that the highest form of winning doesn't come in applause and blue ribbons but in sacrifice and a compassionate heart.
Lewis and Clark and Me -- by Laurie Myers--Meriwether Lewis's dog, Seaman, tells the story of his adventures on the famous expedition to find a waterway across North America. Historical Fiction.
Akiak, A Tale of the Iditarod -- by Robert Blake--Beautiful picture book about a dog's courage and perseverance in the Iditarod --fiction
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo--fiction--"The best book we ever read"
Bigger by Patricia Calvert --historical fiction--Awesome Post-Civil War Saga
How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George--nonfiction--Cute picture book on training your dog
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech--A story in blank verse poetry about a boy who loved a dog and learned to write about it
The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen--Medieval folktale--The character of a dog teaches a valuable lesson in this picture book set in medieval times-
My Life in Dog Years, Autobiography by Gary Paulsen--A terrific autobiography in which the author remembers the different periods in his life by the beloved dogs that walked with him
Tornado by Betsy Byars --fiction-- Powerful, easy-reading chapter book about the love between a boy and a dog!
Faith and the Electric Dogs by Patrick Jennings --Fantasy set in Mexico
Togo by Robert Blake-- Sled Dog Story set in Alaska
Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs by Cat Urbigkit--Easy nonfiction about dogs that guard sheep with beautiful photographs.
The Winner's Walk by Nancy Ruth Patterson
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