Bailey’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel by W. Bruce Cameron

Published by Starscape 

Summary:  Bailey is born on a puppy mill, but his sense of adventure leads him into the world on his own.  He’s picked up by a truck driver who leaves him in a locked truck on a warm day.  Rescued once again, he ends up with Ethan, an eight-year-old boy who soon becomes his best friend and constant companion.  Through their years together, Bailey learns how to take care of Ethan, saving him from real and imagined dangers.  A neighborhood bully named Todd is part of Ethan’s life, first as a friend, but gradually becoming a dangerous enemy.  His final act of revenge against Ethan and his family sets the stage for Bailey’s greatest act of heroism.  This is the second book in a series adapted from Cameron’s adult novel, A Dog’s Purpose.  208 pages; grades 3-6.

Pros:  Told in Bailey’s voice, the story is by turns funny, touching, and exciting.  The adorable cover will catch the eye of dog lovers, and they won’t be disappointed by the rest of the book.

Cons:  This seemed like a contemporary story except for two brief, and seemingly unnecessary, references to the Apollo 11 moon landing.

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