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The cover of SHEEP by Valerie Hobbs begs readers to crack open the book and listen to the story of a young Border Collie who travels far and wide seeking a new home. Blackie, Spot, Shep, Sparky: he goes by many names as he seeks an owner who will love him. He finds an unusual home with a young boy from the Good Shepherd Orphanage.

I will admit it: I am a sucker for a good animal story. I will also admit that, like Grodon Korman, I fear the dead dog books of my childhood. I hate investing my love and time with a pooch only to have him killed off in some awful way before the story ends. Thankfully, we seem to have left some of that dead dog stuff behind us lately. BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, NO MORE DEAD DOGS, SHILOH, and others keep hope alive that perhaps our heartstrings will not be tugged beyond stretching.

SHEEP is a lovely quick read, one that will appeal to younger readers who want a story of a noble dog who finds happiness.


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