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By Susan Wilson. 2019
New York Times bestselling author Susan Wilson is back another signature heartwarming novel—one that begs the question: Can a dog… lead the way to finding one's humanity? <P><P>After spending years in prison for a crime she didn’t intend to commit, Rose Collins is suddenly free. <P><P>Someone who knows about the good work she has done—training therapy dogs while serving time—has arranged for her early release. This mysterious benefactor has even set her up with a job in the coastal Massachusetts community of Gloucester, on the edge of Dogtown, a place of legend and, for the first time since Rosie's whole world came crashing down, hope. There she works to rebuild her life with the help of Shadow, a stray dog who appears one rainy night and refuses to leave Rose’s side. <P><P>Meghan Custer is a wheelchair-bound war veteran who used to be hopeless, too. Living at home with her devoted but stifling parents felt a lot like being in prison, in fact. <P><P>But ever since she was matched with a service dog named Shark, who was trained in a puppy-to-prisoner rehabilitation program, Meghan has a brand new outlook. Finally, she can live on her own. Go to work. And maybe, with Shark by her side, even find love again. <P><P>Two strong women on a journey toward independence whose paths collide in extraordinary ways. Two dogs who somehow manage to save them both. A tale of survival and a testament to the human spirit, The Dog I Loved is an emotional and inspiring novel that no reader will soon forget.
By Troy Cummings. 2013
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With… easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! <p> In this second book in the series, Alexander and his new friend, Rip, try to learn more about the monster-filled notebook. They follow clues left by strange worms called night crawlers. It turns out new monsters are in town--giant fish monsters called tunnel fish--and even a fish-kabob monster! This humorous, action-packed book has fun black-and-white illustrations on every page.
By Melody Mews. 2020
Itty lends a helping hand to a struggling fairy in this sixth Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter book.There are many… different types of fairies in Lollyland. There are announcement fairies, garden fairies, food fairies, builder fairies, art fairies, and more! The fairies take their jobs very seriously. So what happens when a new fairy named Bree can&’t find the right role? Itty decides to help Bree figure out where she fits in, but that&’s proving to be difficult! What if Bree was never meant to be a fairy? What if she&’s…an un-fairy? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on every page, the Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.
By Laura Scott, Maggie K. Black. 2020
Their mission: saving ChristmasTwo exciting new True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn novellasIn Holiday Stalker by Laura Scott, Max Santelli and… his furry partner protect the team’s tech guru, Eden Chang, when she becomes the target of deadly attention. And in Gift-Wrapped Danger by Maggie K. Black, army veteran Adam Jolly teams up with Noelle Orton and her keen-nosed K-9 to take down someone smuggling drugs using toys donated to the single dad’s Christmas charity.USA TODAY Bestselling Author Laura ScottFrom Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.True Blue K-9 Unit: BrooklynBook 1: Copycat Killer by Laura ScottBook 2: Chasing Secrets by Heather WoodhavenBook 3: Deadly Connection by Lenora WorthBook 4: Explosive Situation by Terri ReedBook 5: Tracking a Kidnapper by Valerie HansenBook 6: Scene of the Crime by Sharon DunnBook 7: Cold Case Pursuit by Dana MentinkBook 8: Delayed Justice by Shirlee McCoy
By Alyssa Satin Capucilli. 2010
No one wants the small striped cat who is lost. “Scat, cat!” says the dog, the bird, the barber, the… baker, the bus driver, the duck, the frog, the goose, the owl, the bat, and even the skunk. So the cat walks and walks until he finds a little house where there is a little boy that does not say, “Scat, cat!” In an ending twist, the cat discovers he is home. Young readers will learn the names of animals and occupations as well as useful vocabulary in this sweet and simple text. This My First I Can Read Book is perfect for shared reading with toddlers and very young children. Basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations make this book just right for the emergent reader.
By Pat Hutchins. 1997
Mouse, Fox, Rabbit, and Squirrel watch fearfully as their friend Owl seems to get smaller as he flies away from… them. Will he disappear altogether? A comic view of spatial perspectives.
By Doreen Cronin. 2008
Duck builds the ticket booth for the hot-air balloon ride. Everyone is excited. Well, Duck is not excited exactly. But… he has a plan. As Farmer Brown designs the corn maze for the festival, Duck does some designing of his own. Guess who's in for a big surprise? The always-creative, always-hilarious, always-champions-of-corn-mazes pair who brought you Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; and Duck for President have planned a terrific event. Step right up, folks.
By Stephen Krensky, Marc Brown. 1998
Arthur's friend Buster is searching for a crime to solve. When the quarters Arthur has collected for Mrs. MacGrady's charity… drive mysteriously disappear, Buster is committed to cracking the case. Will Buster be able to prove Arthur's innocence so that he can attend the class picnic? For beginning readers, this suspenseful adventure will surely be a hit.
By Sara Driscoll. 2019
FBI handler Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue dog, Hawk, are on the trail of a killer hiding where others fear… to tread . . . For Meg Jennings and her K-9 companion, Hawk, exploring a deserted building is an exciting way to sharpen their skills without the life-or-death stakes they face as part of the FBI&’s Human Scent Evidence Team. But deep in an abandoned asylum, Hawk finds the body of an elderly woman. Soon, Meg learns of more elders found dead in neglected urban structures. Meg is sure a murderer is on the hunt, and she can prove it if she can just find a connection. It will take the expert coordination of her whole team, along with help from Clay McCord and Todd Webb, to uncover the means, let alone a motive. And to stop someone who has operated in the dark for so long, Meg will need to risk more than she has to give . . . &“This is the sort of crime novel that gives readers a little bit of everything: it&’s a thriller, a procedural, and a detective story—and a good yarn, too.&” —Booklist
By Melinda Metz. 2019
Inspired by the true story of a kleptomaniac cat who stole his way into America&’s heart . . . KITTENS CABOODLE… As a tabby cat with criminal tendencies, MacGyver is always a whisker away from trouble. But when he stumbles upon a litter of four motherless kittens, he really has his paws full. It&’s clear Mac has to take care of the cuddly little furballs, at least until he finds them each a human. That&’s not going to be easy though. Not when Mac&’s the prime suspect in a series of thefts at Storybook Court—and his loving but concerned owners, Jamie and David, have put him under house arrest. As if that could stop a clever cat like Mac . . . HUMANS CANOODLE With four hungry little mouths to feed—and two local detectives on his tail—MacGyver has his work clawed out for him. He&’s determined to sniff out the real thief. But when he gets a whiff of romance in the air, he can&’t resist a little matchmaking, too. One of the detectives seems awfully fond of the aspiring actress who moved into the neighborhood. And his partner looks like she could use a hug, too. With a little help from those adorable kittens, Mac is sure that love will save the day. Because when it comes to stealing hearts, this cat&’s out of the bag . . . RAVES FOR TALK TO THE PAW &“Filled with romance and adorable kitty antics . . . a light and cozy read!&”—Modern Cat &“Surpassingly cute story of a matchmaking cat determined to pair off his human with a neighbor through the power of stinky laundry.&”—Kirkus Reviews
By Sue Pethick. 2019
A dream job it’s not. But for Emily Prentice, working as a seafood inspector in Ketchikan, Alaska, takes her one… step closer to becoming a marine biologist. And it’ll give her a first taste of independence from her overprotective mom and the doctor boyfriend she’s pushing into Emily’s arms. Emily’s certainly not looking for romance . . . until a huge dog knocks her down and sends her flying into fish goo. It’s love at first sight for Emily and Bear, whose handsome owner, Sam, becomes flummoxed when the fallen worker in the hard hat turns out to be a pretty young woman. Emily and Bear begin a beautiful relationship, with Sam in tow. And before long the attraction between the humans becomes undeniable. But separation and a dangerous undertaking soon leave Emily wondering if she’ll lose Sam before she gets to tell him how she really feels . . . Bear wants his humans staying together, and before he’s done, both Emily and Sam will learn one essential canine truth: A dog is the only one on earth who loves you more than you love yourself.Praise for Sue Pethick’s Novels “Quirky characters abound in this gentle romantic comedy with a hint of suspense. But it’s the comic scenes featuring Shep that steal the show. . . . Readers who delight in tales about the bond between people and their dogs will enjoy.” —Booklist on Please Don’t Feed the Mayor“A light, heartwarming read perfect for a wintry afternoon at home or a sunny beachvacation.” —RT Book Reviews on Pet Friendly “Filled with romance, drama, and family love . . . a fun, light hearted read that is sure to give you warm fuzzy feelings. ”—Modern Dog on The Dog Who Came for Christmas “Witty and emotional. . . . Grab a treasured pet and a box of tissues before sitting down to read this endearing tale.” —RT Book Reviews on Boomer’s Bucket List
By Melinda Metz. 2020
Crossing paths with a black cat is said to bring bad luck.But crossing paths with The Fox is a whole… other story . . . SOME SAY THE FOX IS GOOD LUCK In the mountain village of Fox Crossing, Maine, everyone knows the story of The Fox. According to local legend, one of the town&’s founders crossed paths with a curious-looking fox with a distinctive white ear and paw. The unusual fox sighting not only inspired the town&’s name, it sparked a fantastical piece of folklore that&’s been passed down for generations. Some people say that whoever sees The Fox will be rewarded with good fortune, love, and happiness. Others say it&’s just a silly folk tale . . . WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? Annie Hatherley doesn&’t believe The Fox legend—even though it was her great-great-great-grandmother who spotted the critter centuries ago. But now it&’s part of Annie&’s legacy, along with her family business, Hatherley&’s Outfitters. For years, Annie&’s been selling gear to hikers on the Appalachian Trail. But she&’s never seen The Fox—until now. Out of nowhere, this little white-eared vixen leads her to Nick Ferrone, a woefully unprepared hiker who needs her help. The Shoo Fly Bakery owner also spots the sly creature—who takes him to a homeless dog that needs his love. Annie can&’t deny that something magical is happening—because she&’s starting to fall for a certain foxy hiker named Nick . . . Praise for Melinda Metz&’s Talk to the Paw "Filled with romance and adorable kitty antics . . . a light and cozy read that is awesome to curl up with, particularly alongside your own mischievous cat!&”—Modern Cat &“Surpassingly cute story of a matchmaking cat determined to pair off his human with a neighbor through the power of stinky laundry.&” —Kirkus Reviews
By Nancy M. Bell. 2019
Laurel Rowan is happy to be home in Alberta and excited that Coll Hazel is coming from Cornwall for a… visit. She’s looking forward to showing him around the ranch. The visit doesn’t turn out as she imagined when the plight of a band of wild horses comes to her attention. Laurel is angry and frustrated that her childhood friend Chance, the boy on the neighboring ranch, and his father are determined to round up the wildies and send them to the meat packers. Laurel, Coll, and Chance’s sister, Carly, embark on a mission to rescue the horses and find a protected place where they can live wild and free.
By Kristin Von Kreisler. 2018
From the bestselling author of Earnest and An Unexpected Grace comes a novel about a woman, a dog, and the… hope and love that can emerge from tragedy . . . Two years ago, police officer Andrea Brady fell madly in love with a black-muzzled, slightly rumpled German shepherd who showed up at her house one misty autumn day. Now, with the brave and intuitive Justice as her expert K-9 drug sniffer, she’s found an unbeatable partner. Then the unthinkable happens. A savage attack leaves a teenager dead and Andie trapped in every cop’s worst nightmare. Placed on administrative leave, she’s pursued by media and investigated by a deputy sheriff whose handling of the high-profile case could earn him a coveted promotion. Haunted by self-doubt, Andie is in danger of losing everything—her career, her freedom, and the critically injured dog who’s her soul mate. But as she finds kind allies in her Puget Sound island community, the road back becomes a journey of healing for both Andie and her canine companion. And Andie learns important lessons about justice—and about Justice—as she struggles to find the courage to forgive herself and reclaim the gift of her life . . . Praise for the novels of Kristin von Kreisler “Kristin von Kreisler deftly spins a tale of human failings and canine devotion.” —Susan Wilson “In this terrific and uplifting novel, von Kreisler shows how the love between a dog and a person can prove transformative.” —Modern Dog Magazine
By Sara Driscoll. 2018
FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue K-9 companion confront the fury of nature—and the more dangerous nature of… man . . . In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Special Agent Meg Jennings and her Labrador, Hawk—invaluable members of the FBI’s Human Scent Evidence Team—have been deployed to Virginia Beach. Amid debris and the buried cries for help, the most alarming discovery is yet to come—a teenage girl hiding in the Great Dismal Swamp. Her name is Emma—a disheveled runaway lost to the sordid underbelly of a Virginia sex-trafficking ring. Its leader has disappeared in the chaos—along with other victims. Meg joins forces with Special Agent Walter Van Cleave and uncovers a vast network of abuse rooted in some of the most influential powers in Virginia. Now as Meg’s investigation digs deeper, she’s making some very dangerous enemies. And one by one, they’re coming out of the storm to stop her. “Tense and exciting, Sara Driscoll has created a new power couple, Meg and her FBI K-9, Hawk.” —Leo J. Maloney, author of Arch Enemy “Exceptional. . . . The descriptions of the teamwork between dog and human are detailed and dramatic. . . . Readers will hope this series has a long run.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Reviw)
By Sue Pethick. 2019
When the lumber mill closes, laying off most everyone in Fossett, Oregon, Melanie MacDonald plans to revitalize her beloved but… beleaguered homestead by running her border collie Shep in Fossett’s mayoral race . . . Shep wins by a landslide. A lover of democracy and dog treats, Shep is rapidly earning the goodwill of Fossett’s citizens. Tourists are streaming in and everyone wants to glad-paw the new mayor. Suddenly Melanie and Shep are media darlings, with requests for interviews, game shows, and personal appearances through the roof. But there’s trouble in paradise. Determined to win back his former wife, Bryce MacDonald discovers a rival in tabloid reporter Chad Cameron, who’s in Fossett to dig up dirt on Melanie and Shep. He finds a willing co-conspirator in the malcontent who lost the election. Hounded by the press and desperate to head off a potential dog-napping, Melanie unwittingly puts herself in danger. Shep comes to the rescue, proving his mettle to save his faithful human at the risk of his own life . . . and new political career. Acclaim for Sue Pethick’s Pet Friendly “Quirky and endearing . . . This is a light, heartwarming read perfect for a wintry afternoon at home or a sunny beach vacation.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
By Karen English, Laura Freeman. 2013
It's tough being the new kid at Carver Elementary. Gavin had lots of friends at his old school, but the… kids here don't even know that he's pretty good at skateboarding, or how awesome he is at soccer. And when his classmate Richard comes over and the boys end up in trouble, not only does Gavin risk losing his one new friend, he has to take care of his great aunt Myrtle's horrible little dog as punishment. To make matters worse, Gavin seems to have attracted the attention of the school bully. Will he be able to avoid getting pounded at the skate park? And how is he ever going to prove he's cool with a yappy little Pomeranian wearing a pink bow at his side?
By Syd Hoff. 2000
Oliver has always wanted to be a dancing elephant, but what will he do when he discovers the circus already… has enough elephants? Beginning readers will laugh out loud as they follow Oliver's adventures and find out how this elephant of unique charm and talent finally achieves his dream.
By Anna Humphrey. 2020
Megabat returns, this time with a new nemesis: a very fancy cat. Can our tiny bat hero stop his Daniel's… heart from being stolen by this nefarious, fluffy villain?Megabat was looking forward to Christmas morning: presents, playing toys, smooshfruit and watching Star Wars. But then Daniel opened his last, most special present.Daniel thinks this might be the best Christmas present yet: a beautiful cat named Priscilla! He's always wanted a pet. Megabat is not sure he likes this cat. She tastes most hairy. Daniel loves his new cat! She's fun to play with, and she's so soft and fluffy.Megabat is not soft OR fluffy. He's not purebred and he doesn't have a big, beautiful swishy tail. What if Daniel loves Priscilla more than Megabat? This is truly a disturbance in the Force. Megabat and Birdgirl must find a way to get rid of this trubble cat once and for all!Calamity ensues as Megabat and Birdgirl try to come up with ways to get rid of Priscilla. But is there more than meets the eye with this furry menace? Kass Reich's adorable illustrations paired with Anna Humphrey's hilarious text make for another unforgettable Megabat adventure.
"A poignant and touching story of friendship, love and healing. Perfect for your book club!"—#1 New York Times bestselling author,… Barbara FreethyA recipe for living . . . New friends can be found in unexpected places. For Bridget and Amy, that place was the cancer ward of an Anchorage hospital. Now, as each struggles to overcome loss, they lean on each other for support—sharing suppers, laughter and tears. Bridget and Amy aren&’t about to let hardship knock them down—Bridget plans to return to her veterinarian school studies, Amy to her position as a second-grade teacher—but neither feels quite ready. And so the Sunday Potluck Club is born, a way for Bridget, Amy, and other women who have lost a loved one to find solace and understanding. Savoring favorite dishes while sharing memories and the comfort of connection, the members of the Sunday Potluck Club nourish body and soul. As weeks go by and the group grows in unforeseen ways, both Bridget and Amy are inspired to find greater purpose. Amy reaches out to a student whose father bravely faces his own struggle. Bridget volunteers at the local animal shelter, rehabilitating dogs whose unconditional love will bring others a chance to heal. And with the help of two special men, Bridget and Amy are realizing that there&’s always room at the table for love and rekindled joy . . .