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Nobody's Dog [Paperback]

Ria Voros
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Book Description

Sept. 1 2012

A powerful debut novel about a boy who must face his past before finding a way to move forward.

For thirteen-year-old Jakob, the summer is looking pretty bleak. His only friend has moved away and no one else seems to have any time for him — except the girl who lives downstairs. But she's a little weird. Then again, so is Jakob. A few months ago, he was in a car accident that killed both his parents, and though he can't remember exactly what happened, he can't stop turning it over in his mind. No wonder people leave him alone.

Then out of nowhere, a stray dog befriends Jakob. Together they begin to roam the city streets by night, discovering an exhilarating secret world where they can both taste a new kind of freedom. But as their nocturnal adventures take Jakob farther and farther away from the safety of home, the truth of that awful night begins to emerge.

Will he be strong enough to face it — and who will be there for him when he does?

Exploring the heartbreaking loneliness of grief with sensitive assurance, Nobody's Dog is a powerful and uplifting tale about family, love and survival, and finding friendship in the most unexpected places.


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Praise for Nobody's Dog:

"Ria Voros has done a really good job of exploring grief in a very real way . . . there is tons here to think about, even as you're busy enjoying a darn good dog story . . . I would have loved this book when I was a kid." —CBC British Columbia

"Nanaimo resident Ria Voros tackles grief and loss through the eyes of a 13-year-old and his canine companion in her powerful debut novel, Nobody's Dog." —Nanaimo Daily News

"There are no drastic changes, no wise mentor figure appears to supply guidance or save the day . . . There is, however, a good deal of underlying affection between characters and several attempts towards friendship, healing, and communication, again, as in real life." —CM Magazine

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A note from the author, Ria Voros:

I'm a dog lover and for years I've wanted to write a story about one. A while ago I read the true story of a pair of huskies that roamed together at night, one leaving his home to pick up the other on their way to go exploring. I loved the idea and wanted to create a relationship like that. But instead of another dog, Jakob popped into my head, and he seemed the perfect fit as Chilko's wandering companion. As the story unfolded, I realized Jakob had a lot to learn from Chilko, not only about dogs, but also about life. I went through the same process when I adopted my dog, Pender, from a shelter. He challenged me, taught me patience, compassion and what it means to be responsible for an animal. In the end, both Jakob and I are better people because of the relationships we've had with our dogs.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, dark, moving Sept. 4 2012
By Lewis
Nobody's Dog is a slim novel that packs a real emotional punch: it's about a boy called Jakob and the friendship he strikes up with a stray dog who turns up at his window each night and leads him on a series of nocturnal adventures across the city. Jakob's parents were killed in a car crash a few months before, and as Jakob and this mysterious malamute Chilko roam the streets, the truth of what happened that night begins to become clear.

This is an incredibly powerful book about grief and hope, but it's also very sharp and funny. Also, is it possible to have a crush on a dog? I dreaded coming to the end of the book and not having Chilko around anymore!

Highly recommended.
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