Wednesday 26 April 2023

Book ~ "Nala" (2016) Ellen Miles

From Goodreads ~ Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care, until they can find the perfect forever home. 

Charles first spots this beautiful collie, a frightened stray, on his way to school. It's not easy to win her trust - she's very skittish - but once she is with the Petersons she begins to learn how to love and be loved.

Charles and his older sister, Lizzie, Charles, are in elementary school. Their family, the Petersons, have a puppy named Buddy plus they foster dogs and help them find homes.

Charles and his buddies are walking to school one morning when they see a stray collie puppy. They try to catch her and end up being late for school ... so have to go see the principal. When Charles sees her outside the school the next day, without thinking, he darts out of class to get her ... and again has to go see the principal. Charles and his dad catch the puppy, who Charles names Nala, that afternoon and take her home. She's very shy and scared but is comfortable with Charles, who is going to have a hard time giving her up to a good home.

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

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