Black Flame by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane

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A heartfelt story for dog lovers in a setting rarely seen in the West.


A compelling novel set in Tibet, Mongolia, and China, about the adventures of a fiercely powerful yet lovable Tibetan mastiff. Kelsang is just a tiny puppy when his mother dies after a vicious fight with a snow leopard. As he grows he becomes a prize sheepdog, roaming the northern Tibetan grasslands with his master Tenzin. But one day visitors ply Tenzin with drink and convince him to sell his beautiful, purebred dog. In no time Kelsang finds himself chained up in the back of a jeep traveling far from everything he knows. A series of adventures take Kelsang from the streets of Lhasa to brief refuge with an elderly painter and finally to his new master Han Ma, who inspires his love and loyalty. Through it all Kelsang longs for the freedom of the grasslands. Black Flame proudly takes its place among much-loved classic dog stories.

About Gerelchimeg Blackcrane

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Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, winner of two Chinese National Children's Literature awards, grew up in northern Mongolia. He has written several novels that feature animals and reflect the lives of the nomadic people of Tibet and Mongolia and the beauty of the natural world. Anna Holmwood is a translator and academic specializing in the study of classical and modern Chinese literature. She lives in England.
Published April 30, 2013 by Groundwood Books. 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.
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on Mar 27 2013

A heartfelt story for dog lovers in a setting rarely seen in the West.

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