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Dog Whisperer #1: The Rescue
by Nicholas Edwards

Book Summary

A dream leads Emily outside in the rain at night to discover a large dog, injured, and in pain. Her family takes him to the vet, and slowly, that summer, he begins to recover. As Emily gets to know the dog, she realizes they have a special way of communicating with each other. It's almost like they can read each other's minds.

The next books in this series are:
Storm Warning
The Ghost
Dog Whisperer: The Rescue book cover
Dog Whisperer: The Rescue

Book Review

This book appeals to animal lovers who like a little mystery. Emily's devotion to the injured dog is relatable, and his recovery keeps readers turning pages. Emily's adoptive parents are white, and so are most of the people living in the summer town. While the book is not primarily about adoption or skin color, those things are part of Emily's experience, and it's nice to find characters representing those experiences in fiction.

Fun Fact: Nicholas Edwards is a pseudonym for Ellen Emerson White, author of The President's Daughter series.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Dog Lovers
  • Empathy for Others
  • Family Relationships
  • Courage; Commitment

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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