Sunday 9 April 2023

Book ~ "Stella" (2015) 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. 

Meet Stella, the cutest thing ever, a little Maltese. But why won't she follow any commands? It's Charles who figures out that the little pup is deaf and learns how to help her become the perfect puppy for someone special!

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

Charles, his dad and younger brother go camping with Buddy for the weekend. The owners of the campground are an elderly couple with a Maltese puppy named Stella. They love Stella but get frustrated when she doesn't listen to them. After spending some time with Stella, Charles thinks she may be deaf. When it's confirmed by her vet, her owners are heartbroken and think they are too old to learn how to deal with a deaf dog and ask the Petersons to find her a new 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 Stella's point of view. It is the thirty-sixth in the Puppy Place series, which currently has 66 books in the series, and works as a stand alone.

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