The Canine Connection by Betsy Hearne
Stories about Dogs and People

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Meet Willa, a rebellious teenager who cannot resist adopting canine misfits, and Sam, who follows a dog and finds a girlfriend. Fiona's Border collie knows the secret her family has never guessed. Sly hopes his fierce Mutt will keep at bay the terrors of a dark city street.

Betsy Hearne has skillfully crafted twelve short stories highlighting the special relationships that humans and dogs can share. Varied in tone and setting, her collection will make readers smile, cry, and keep turning the pages to see what happens in each new miniworld of real and imagined encounters.

About Betsy Hearne

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Betsy Hearne is the author of several books for children, including Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs (a Child magazine Best Book of 2001), Eliza's Dog, and Listening for Leroy (a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young Children). She was formerly the editor of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and she now teaches literature and storytelling at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Hearne lives with her family in Urbana, Illinois.
Published June 30, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 140 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dogs and peoples’ lives intertwine in 12 short stories spun from Hearne’s personal or peripheral experiences, in which the deepest emotional and physical struggles experienced by the protagonist are paralleled in the dog’s outlook.

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Hearne (Eliza's Dog) hits her stride in a dozen, mostly finely crafted stories that explore the bonds that people may forge with dogs.

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