On the Notable List for the 2001 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice starred reviewWhen the skinny collie limped into Josie's life two years ago, it was love
On the Notable List for the 2001 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice starred review
When the skinny collie limped into Josie's life two years ago, it was love at first sight. The vet had mended his injured paw, and Josie had mended his broken heart. She named him Duke and, when Mom wasn't looking, Josie always sneaked him his favorite food --sandwiches.
Josie and Duke go everywhere together. They are even together when a big storm hit, but in Josie's panic, she forgets about Duke. Now, because of her, Duke is trapped outside and in danger. Why didn't Duke run home with her? What terrible thing might happen? As violently as the wind, Josie's head swirls with questions, fear, and guilt until the moment she can leave the storm cellar to look for him.
A sweet story about love and friendship that reflects the bond between many children and their pets.
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". . . a wonderful story that is brought to life with the vivid, realistic illustrations provided by Bennett . . . a perfect melding of the talents of the author and the illustrator.
— Canadian Materials
"Any young child who has ever owned a pet could enjoy and relate to this heart-warming story."
— Lorgnette, Heart of Texas Literature Center
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Judy Ann Sadler was raised in a big, noisy family on a farm outside of London, Ontario. Ever since she can remember, she has loved to read, write and make things. She decided to combine her love of writing and crafts and has written 20 craft books, a picture book and features for Today's Parent Magazine. Her books have been published in many languages. Judy Ann works part-time for the London Public Library. She lives in Lambeth (London), Ont. with her husband, three kids and a dog named Maple.
Lorna Bennett was born in Edmonton AB and took an early interest in the arts through music, dance and drawing. She attended Grant MacEwan Community College and the University of Alberta in Arts/Fine Arts. After working for many years as a designer/illustrator for the Alberta Forest Service and Environmental Protection, she left to pursue a career in the publishing industry doing children's picture books and novel covers. Many of Lorna's books have been nominated or shortlisted for major awards.