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Shelby's Story: A Dog's Way Home Tale    by W. Bruce Cameron order for
Shelby's Story
by W. Bruce Cameron
Order:  USA  Can
Starscape, 2018 (2018)
Hardcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

W. Bruce Cameron, author of A Dog's Way Home, now brings an intriguing twist on that novel, Shelby's Story, aimed at younger readers, aged eight to eleven. This account of stray Shelby's rise to stardom is a feel good canine Cinderella.

Puppy Shelby and her sister Splotch escaped from the yard where they lived with their mother and less adventurous siblings, through a hole in the fence. They quickly learned to avoid wheels and to raid garbage bins and bags. They were often cold and hungry.

Then Splotch was caught and Shelby was on her own, scavenging from a landfill until Megan earned her trust and took her in to a place with food, shelter and other dogs. There, she was discovered by the author and film crew members looking for a canine star for the film version of A Dog's Way Home.

What follows tells how Shelby was trained for the movie, what worked well and what didn't ... all from the dog's point of view. Along the way, fans get to enjoy self deprecating comments from the author, regarding Shelby's view of his antics. Shelby's Story is a charming one and ends happily ever after for its adorable heroine.

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