Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ellie's Story: A Dog's Purpose Novel (Preview/Excerpt), by W. Bruce Cameron

Starscape, ISBN 9780765374691, April 2015

I had the opportunity to read an excerpt from the upcoming Ellie's Story, an illustrated novel for children about the "police dog' life of the multiply-reincarnated dog in A Dog's Purpose.

Ellie is a lively, assertive, intelligent pup, and captures the attention of a K9 police officer, Jakob, when he comes to look over her litter and select a new dog to train as his partner. In this excerpt, she learns first the basics of being a good house dog, then simple Find games, and finally full-blown search and rescue skills. At the end of the excerpt, we see Ellie and Jakob are heading off on their first real rescue together.

Ellie's viewpoint is likable and plausibly canine, and this should be an enjoyable read for young and not-so-young readers.

Recommended.

I received this excerpt free from the publisher via NetGalley.