Monday 9 January 2023

Book ~ "Bear" (2009) Ellen Miles

From Goodreads ~ 10-year-old Lizzie Peterson and her family are on an adventurous winter vacation in snowy Vermont when she meets Bear, an adorable husky called lazy and then abandoned by his sled-dog racing team. Lizzie falls in love with Bear and rescues him when he gets lost during a big snowstorm. 

Will Lizzie be able to find Bear a home where he is appreciated? When she meets Fern, a young musher, Lizzie goes on the ride of her life - and thinks she may have found the answer.

Lizzie and her younger brother, Charles, are in elementary school. The Peterson family have a puppy named Buddy plus they foster dogs and help them find homes.

The Petersons heads to Vermont on vacation to enjoy the snow. They stay at a lodge run by a couple of sisters who are fostering a husky puppy named Bear. The puppy's owner has headed off to Alaska to run in a dogsled race ... he feels Bear is too lazy and unmotivated to be a sled dog so has asked the sisters to find him a home. Lizzie gets attached to Bear and is determined to prove the owner wrong.

Though this book is a quick read and directed at elementary-aged children, I found it entertaining. There is a learning experience and a puppy tip at the end. It is written in third person perspective and first person from Bear's point of view. It is the fifteenth in the Puppy Place series, which currently has 64 books in the series, and works as a stand alone.

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