The Grand Escape by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1993)
Marco and Polo, two 4-year-old blue tabbies who are brothers, escape their home to explore the outside world and go on adventures. They end up meeting a cat called Texas Jake, who introduces the brothers to adventures called the Club of Mysteries.
It is a wonderful story and parts are scary, sad, and dangerous. Good book for tweens to read. Two thumbs up!
Take a sneak peek at this fun book and learn more about the author.
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon by Steven Rinella (2008)
When adventure writer Rinella wins a lottery to hunt and kill one buffalo in the wilds of Alaska, the story begins. Rinella has long had a fascination with the American Buffalo. As the story of his hunt proceeds, he stops along to the way to inform us on the natural history of the buffalo, its meaning in Native and European American culture, and its current existence. The adventure aspect of Rinella’s story is amazing. What some people will go through and call it fun! The history of the buffalo and the parallel history of America were fascinating. This is for anyone who likes adventure or natural history written for the interested lay person.
Read the USA Today review and learn more about the author and his adventure.
Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper (2009)
A 3-week-old cat had surgery to have his eyes removed because they were infected. He was abandoned until a lady named Gwen adopted him to care for and love him. Homer was playful with his other sibling cats and Gwen taught him how to move around to find his food. He grew quickly with a giant heart and learned to be friendly with other people. Homer was known to be fearless.
Read an excerpt from the book, visit the author’s website and watch the author discuss this amazing cat on YouTube.
A Bedside Book of Beasts by Graeme Gibson (2009)
Gibson, a Canadian novelist has compiled poetry and myth, fairy tale and folklore, sacred texts and travelogues into a cleverly illustrated book. Far from a merely pretty survey of the animal kingdom, it is a book that delivers the disquieting message about a delicate balance disturbed and provides a thought-provoking collection of anecdotes about the human relationship with wild animals.
Exquisite, full-color reproductions of beast-themed drawings, paintings, and woodcuts, ranging from ancient to modern illustrate each entry, making this book more of an experience than just an interesting read.
Listen to the author read from his book or read an excerpt from the book.
Rescue Ink by Denise Flaim (2009)
What do 10-plus tattooed bikers, a houseful (literally) of cats, and sweet-natured pit bulls have in common? Read Rescue Ink! Most readers will have a hard time making it through the stories of abuse, but you’ll find out how it’s great having these “inked angels” on the side of the animals. Watch the new television series.
Visit the Rescue Ink website and read reviews at Amazon.com.
Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper (2009)
This is an endearing book about an abandoned two-week-old kitten with a severe infection that took his sight. Gwen, the vet’s client, agrees to see the kitten, falls in love with him, and takes him home. Since Homer was named after the blind poet of the Greek epic, Odyssey, each chapter starts off with a quote from that poem. Gwen tells a humorous, touching story of life with Homer. Homer doesn’t let his “handicap” stop him. His senses of hearing and smell are enhanced. He is a bundle of energy, curious and affectionate. Find out how the two established female resident cats adjust to their new little brother. Read about how Homer enriches Gwen’s life and those who meet him (including her parents who were professed dog people). Gwen and Homer lived in New York on September 11, 2001. The book has an upbeat ending.
You might also enjoy these feline tales: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle by Nina Malkin.
Read an excerpt and visit the author’s website.
Dog On It by Spencer Quinn (2009)
If you like mysteries, love dogs, and have a sense of humor, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s a quick, easy read with an interesting plot and a cast of intriguing characters. Getting to know the characters and seeing the plot unfold from a dog’s perspective is quite entertaining. Chet, the dog, is owned by, and partner to, Bernie, a private investigator. This is the first of hopefully more Chet and Bernie mysteries. I’ll be looking for the next one to be published.
Visit Chet the dog’s blog.
The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell (2008)
The pig did it and he REALLY did! The fat porker caused the characters to get into turmoil and…LOVE! Set in Ireland‘s West coast, this novel will bring a smile to your face.
Read reviews at Amazon.com and EW.com.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (2008)
This is a must read for every dog lover! It’s a touching and inspiring story narrated by a dog named Enzo. He tells funny, and often sad, tales of his family from his perspective. When you think about it, a family dog hears lots of things that many people do not. After all, people will talk about anything in front of a dog! And, as Enzo says, dogs are great listeners – they don’t interrupt, or make comments about what is being said. He also learns a lot from watching TV channels such as the Discovery and History Channels.
Enzo’s owner is a race car driver. Although I’m not a fan of racing, I appreciated Enzo’s insights into the principles of racing and how they relate to life in general. I must warn you…there are emotional, heartbreaking moments that made me cry. But it sure made me look at my own dogs in a whole new light!
This is a story from the perspective of a dog who is dying. He reflects back at his life and his loved ones – both good and bad experiences.
Visit the author’s and book’s website, read reviews at Amazon.com and check out the reading guide.
Marley & Me by John Grogan (2005)
Wonderful true story about a family and a naughty Lab named Marley. This dog was kicked out of obedience school, careened through screen doors, ate everything that he could fit in his mouth, but managed to comfort his people at a difficult time in their marriage. The story made me laugh until tears rolled down my cheeks. The movie adaptation starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson will arrive in theaters on Christmas Day.
Visit the author’s website, read reviews from Amazon.com and watch the trailer for the upcoming movie.