This young adult story about a rescue dog's saga is told with charm, authenticity and the innocence that makes storytelling a delight. It could be a story you are telling your child to tug her in. But you are enjoying every twist and turn. A good yarn to share in the family and promote the prevention of violence to dogs.
Book: A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale
Author: G. A. Whitmore
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Genre: Middle-grade/Young Adult/Dog lovers
You begin to read Toby’s tale and you immediately get hooked. First, you sympathize with Toby because he is abused by his owner. But then, as the story of Toby’s lineage is recounted, you forget that this is a children’s book.
Or is it?
The story is told with charm, authenticity and the innocence that makes storytelling a delight. It could be a story you are telling your child to tug her in. But you are enjoying every twist and turn.
I liked that the world of dogs, wolfs and humans merge, clash and collide in the story. That while dogs live with humans, they don’t understand their speech and humans don’t understand dog’s speech. This creates a series of misunderstandings that enriches the plot.
At some point, you have to accept the humanization of dogs’ personalities because it is intrinsic to the story. Sadie, Toby’s grandmother falls in love with a wolf, and Missy is born. Missy gives birth to Toby, a white German shepherd.
German shepherd dog breeders are biased against white gods and you can see why: chances are they came from wolves. They are more of the wild –which humans hunt down and destroy.
The weaving of the wild, dogs and humans creates a magical story that keeps you enchanted.
Some adults may find it childish. I find it childlike, which is a wonderful thing in my book.
The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home, is based on the true story of Toby, an abused dog that G. A. Whitmore adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society. Ms. Whitmore currently lives in Connecticut with her rescue dog Kadee.
In her description of the book G. A. Whitmore says:
“Every rescue dog has a tale to tell, a story uniquely their own. A Place to Call Home is Toby’s tale. His story takes you on a journey across the country from California to Connecticut and across the spectrum of life’s emotional and spiritual experience.”
Toby is born in a small farm in northern California and narrowly escapes the death sentence imposed on him by his breeder. Eventually, he finds himself in a Connecticut suburb where life with his new family soon collapses on him, and his newfound happiness is brutally destroyed.
If you love a good yarn, you will get entangled in Toby’s adventures and enjoy this delightful book.
A Place to Call Home is a magical story told with care to details, knowledge of dogs and love for the wild and for the art of storytelling.
Ms. Whitmore’s passion for writing and her love of dogs come together in her series The Rescue Dog Tales.
The first book in the series, A Place to Call Home is based on the true story of Toby, an abused dog she adopted from the Connecticut Humane Society.
Ms. Whitmore currently lives in Connecticut with her rescue dog Kadee. Her loving dog Zeus, in the photo to the left and on the cover of A Place to Call Home, recently crossed the rainbow bridge after a valiant battle with cancer and is now romping freely in doggie heaven with Toby.
I give this book 5 stars
(5 / 5)
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