A Dog's Purpose [Paperback]



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“The relationship between Anna and TJ was sweet and sexy and very real...the idea of their age difference was neither a shock nor unbelievable. The bonds created between individuals under duress are strong and enduring. And the romantic in me loved it as well. ” - Cricket, Mostly Fantasy

“The hero is perfect. The heroine is perfect. They are human and flawed and make mistakes but when I say they're perfect, I mean that I really LOVED them as characters, as people. It's rare to read a character that's genuinely good. Inherently good with nothing to dislike about them. ” - SunFlowers

“Who can resist a "stranded on a deserted island" story?! This one did not disappoint. The progression of the relationship between Anna and T.J. was very honest, honorable, and beliveable--and respectable. It was a wonderful story that held my attention throughout the book. This book has plenty to make it a good book club discussion.” - Vicki Moran

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

"On the Island is a clever, captivating story. The characters will live in your thoughts long after you turn the last page." ~ Meira Pentermann, author of Firefly Beach

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This was a very light, and easy read and I found myself wanting more when I knew that it was coming to a close. I read this book in about 12 hours, and even in that short time I found myself invested in the characters of Anna and TJ. This is one of those books where you cannot judge it by it's cover or by it's sleeve description. You have to let yourself go and overlook the age gap very early on, because it's not about their relationship in the romantic sense. This is a story about survival and human nature and how these two seemingly different people lean on each other, come to trust one another and depend on one another so that they can survive on a deserted island.

If you want to believe that people are genuinely good, and can genuinely care about one another, then this is a good piece of light fiction that you can get hooked on very quickly. I started this one evening and finished it the following day. It's a quick read. My one complaint is that the author doesn't go into enough details with the characters. I found myself wanting more internal dialogue on each of their parts, what they were thinking about each other and about their situation. There were parts in the book where they were fighting for their lives and I just didn't feel it - they should have been more terrified and it was a little bit of a let down. I think that with some more character developments and internal dialogue, I would have become more attached to them. This is also a very good first book for an author. - Lindsay Carpenter (Collegeville, PA United States)

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About the Author

Tracey Garvis-Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. This is her first novel. She blogs at www.traceygarvisgraves.com using colorful language and a snarky sense of humor to write about pop culture, silly television shows, and her suburban neighborhood. She is hard at work on her next book. You can e-mail her at traceygarvisgraves@yahoo.com. She'd love to hear from you.

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A Dog's Purpose [Paperback]



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“This is a beautiful story, well-written, engaging and lyrical. ” - Ben Kane

“This was a really interesting story with wonderful characters and it is something that will inspire a lot of people who read this book or see the movie. ” - agalli83

“This book is as wonderful for an adult as it is for a 10 year old boy. ” - A. Evans

In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

Gr 5-8-Since he was a young colt, Joey has been loved and cared for by Albert, a young English farm boy. At the beginning of Wold War I, Albert's father sells Joey to a captain in the cavalry. The boy is devastated and promises Joey that someday he will find him. Joey experiences army life and the disastrous consequences of a cavalry charge into machine guns. He is captured as a prisoner of war and becomes a hospital cart transport horse for the German army. The he's used by the German soldiers to pull gun carts through the muddy trenches. Joey bolts after his friend Topflight dies. He ends up in no-man's land between the trenches. By a coin toss, he becomes again the property of the English. Joey is taken to a veterinary hospital where he is reunited with Albert. As the soldiers from both sides of the conflict share their thoughts and feelings with Joey, listeners get unique and perceptive views of World War I. John Keating's' different accents are pitch perfect as he draws listeners into the story (Scholastic, 1982) by Michael Morpurgo. An excellent choice for fans of historical fiction.

Samantha Larsen Hastings, Riverton Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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This is a very exciting and touching book. It really does a great job at grabbing your attention and keeping your attention right from the beginning. Once I started reading this book I quickly felt like I was emotionally invested in the characters and the horse. Great writing style and great character development. If you enjoyed this book you will really like The Navajo (Jake & Rusty). This book takes place during WWII and is very accurate. This is a great story of two soldiers travels that intertwine some great romantic encounters throughout their journey. I think this is a must read. - Walter Staes (New York)

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About the Author

Michael Morpurgo, OBE FKC AKC (born 5 October 1943) is an English author, poet, playwright and librettist, best known for his work in children's literature. He was the third Children's Laureate.

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A Dog's Purpose [Paperback]



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,A Dog’s Purpose 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, A Dog's Purpose 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 moving and beautifully crafted 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.

A tail-wagging three hanky boo-hooer, this delightful fiction debut by newspaper columnist Cameron (8 Simple Rules for Marrying My Daughter) proposes that a dog's purpose might entail being reborn several times. Told in a touching, doggy first-person, this unabashedly sentimental tale introduces Toby, who's rescued by a woman without a license for her rescue operation, so, sadly, Toby ends up euthanized. He's reborn in a puppy mill and after almost dying while left in a hot car, he's saved again by a woman, and he becomes Bailey, a beloved golden retriever, who finds happiness and many adventures. His next intense incarnation is as Ellie, a female German shepherd, a heroic search and rescue dog. But the true purpose of this dog's life doesn't become totally clear until his reincarnation as Buddy, a black Lab. A book for all age groups who admire canine courage, Cameron also successfully captures the essence of a dog's amazing capacity to love and protect. And happily, unlike Marley, this dog stays around for the long haul.

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Sometimes I read a book and think; "Wow, this would make a great movie;" A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron is one such story. This is a tail wagging, Kleenex blowing, delightful read; Think Tuesdays With Morrie Meets Marley & Me; except that this canine sticks around a lot longer than Marley.

Richard Bach asks in his book, Illusions; How do you know if your mission on earth is finished? If you're alive, it isn't, which is the case of Bailey, a dog, born several times over; as a mutt, a Golden Retriever, a German Shepherd and a Lab.

Told from the perspective of Bailey, in the voice of the first dog, this canine shares the wisdom gained from a journey of lifetimes, the joy, heartbreak, long and short of it. Part of the magic is in the way Bailey experiences the world underfoot; the horses, goats, cats, people, human interactions, cars; part of the magic is in the emotional joy ride that the journey takes you on; and part of the magic is in the story itself; a story of hope, inspiration, purpose and ultimately love; which, is the greatest purpose of all.

Cheers to Toby, Bailey, Ella and Buddy; one spirit in several bodies, making this book doggone amazing! - Heather Jacks "Cheers!" (New York)

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About the Author

W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series. He is a nationally syndicated columnist who has twice received the National Society of Newspaper Columnist’s award for Best Humor Columnist. He lives in California.

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Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero [Hardcover]



The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be.
Konrad Lorenz

A blind man and his guide dog show the power of trust and courage in the midst of devastating terror.

It was 12:30 a.m. on 9/11 and Roselle whimpered at Michael's bedside. A thunderstorm was headed east, and she could sense the distant rumbles while her owners slept. As a trained guide dog, when she was "on the clock" nothing could faze her. But that morning, without her harness, she was free to be scared, and she nudged Michael's hand with her wet nose as it draped over the bedside toward the floor. She needed him to wake up.

With a busy day of meetings and an important presentation ahead, Michael slumped out of bed, headed to his home office, and started chipping away at his daunting workload. Roselle, shivering, took her normal spot at his feet and rode out the storm while he typed. By all indications it was going to be a normal day. A busy day, but normal nonetheless. Until they went into the office.

In Thunder Dog, follow Michael and his guide dog, Roselle, as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs. When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom, frightening sounds, and muffled voices swept through Michael's office while shards of glass and burning scraps of paper fell outside the windows.

But in this harrowing story of trust and courage, discover how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America's darkest days.

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Hands down this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I started reading and couldn't put it down. I even found myself reading while I was trying to cook dinner! I felt every emotion; I laughed, I cried, you get the picture. I usually try to stay away from books about 9/11, quite frankly it the memory is still a little to raw for me. But this book is different. When reading it I felt like I was in the stairwell, but at the same time it was strangely uplifting. Plus I gotta say, I'm a complete sucker for a good dog book! Especially one with a happy ending for the dog!

To sum it up, Michael and his dog Roselle were working in the Twin Towers on 9/11. This is the story of their descent down the stairwell and through the streets back home. Do yourself a favor and read this book! You will be so glad you did! I would give it 10 stars if I could!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." - fizzle7033

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Michael Hingson, national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign, is a miraculous survivor of 9/11. He now owns The Michael Hingson Group, Inc., a consulting firm concerning inclusiveness and diversity and a platform for engaging speaking opportunities. A graduate of the University of California (Irvine) and a cum laude graduate with a master’s degree in physics, Hingson has never let blindness stop him from achieving his goals. His life is a testimony to the power of trust, perseverance, and the amazing bond between humans and animals. Michael and his wife, Karen, live in the San Francisco Bay Area with three yellow lab guide dogs, Roselle (ret.), Africa, and Fantasia, and one cat, Sherlock.

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