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Off the Track

by:
Betsy S. Lee (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-3817-8 ©2007
Price: $13.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 107 pages
Category/Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books

Experience the spellbinding life adventures of three adopted greyhounds. One becomes a hero; another finds a rewarding career in helping others, and the other nicknamed the Nut surprises everyone.

Abstract:
Off the Track, a nonviolent, funny story set in today’s world, follows the adventures of three greyhounds. Meet Libby, a retired sports superstar; Precious Princess (PP), a gorgeous former show dog; and Faun, a runt of an Italian greyhound who, by her behavior, deserves being called the Nut. They tell you about their exciting past and present situations. You experience through their eyes, how one becomes a heroine; another finds a rewarding career in helping others as a therapy dog, and the other … turns things topsy-turvy.

FFIRST PLACE 2007 ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD

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Customer Reviews

  Off the Track , 03/05/2008
Reviewer: Midwest Book Review
Miss Libby Lee was a very successful Greyhound racing dog, but though a winnger in most of her races, the sleek canine lived a tough boring life. She travels in a small cage from track to track every day. However, when her career tanks as she gets older and loses speed, she is exiled to the frightening off track where none of your pals and rivals ever hears from you again. Libby is fortunate enough as Betsy and Kal, known as mommy and daddy, adopt her and take her to their home in Florida where she meets Grandma and the older, much smaller, Italian Greyhound Faun, affectionately known as Mr. Nut. Libby becomes special canine when she becomes a therapy dog. Using personification, Libby tells much of this insightful, entertaining tale from her first person account although there are third person escapades in which the three dogs share thoughts and history. From the moment Libby fails to get the mirror dog to play with her until PP becomes a therapy dog, elementary school children will be hooked while subtly looking at social issues and positive personality traits withouth dumbing down. Few autobiographical fictions especially targeting preadolescents are as much fun as this anthropomorphic tale of Libby Lee told in her words.

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