Wednesday 15 February 2023

Book ~ "Bandit" (2012) Ellen Miles

From Goodreads ~ Bandit is an adorable black and white Shih Tzu with a mask-like marking over his eyes. Lizzie discovers him at a highway rest stop restaurant. He was abandoned by his owers because he needs an operation and they couldn't afford it.

Lizzie and her family take Bandit in and begin fundraising for the expensive procedure. Maria and her Uncle Teo are also a big help. Maria and Lizzie establish competing dog-walking businesses to raise funds. Everyone who meets Bandit falls instantly in love - except for Uncle Teo, who thinks he's a little too small and fluffy. In the end, Bandit's operation is a success. Uncle Teo is won over by the resilient puppy and agrees to adopt him.

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.

Lizzie is heading with her friend, Maria, to their cottage when they stop for pancakes at a truck stop restaurant. As they are paying, the cashier is holding a Shih Tzu puppy named Bandit and tells them that he was abandoned behind the restaurant because he needs a heart operation and his owners can't afford it. The Petersons agree to foster him and their vet arranges for his surgery. Lizzie and Maria started walking dogs to raise money to pay for the surgery while they work on finding him his furever home. But they are concerned that he may not make it through his operation.

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 Bandit's point of view. It is the twenty-fourth in the Puppy Place series, which currently has 66 books in the series, and works as a stand alone.

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