From School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Abby Whistler, 11, and her Shetland sheepdog, Tam, are inseparable. After winning the Junior Agility Championship in a town 400 miles away from home, Abby puts her dog into his crate in the back of her mama's truck. They are involved in a terrible accident when their truck swerves to avoid hitting a deer. Tam, stuck in his crate, is thrown into the raging ice-cold river and Abby ends up in the hospital. The two are forced apart by fate. Tam is injured and endures dangerous encounters in the wild, while Abby's family moves to Nashville, TN. Months pass, and it seems like Abby and Tam will never be reunited. Will their love and strong bond beat the odds and bring them back together? Bobby Pyron's story (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011) is told from the points of view of the girl and her dog by Emily Eiden and Chuck Carrington, who reflect their emotions and bring the characters to life. An excellent addition to audiobook collections.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Though there is no shortage of stories about the love and loyalty between humans and their four-footed friends, Pyron offers a fresh and inspired tale of 11-year-old Abby Whistler and her beloved Shetland sheepdog, Tam. During a long trip home from an agility contest, a car accident sends Tam�s kennel flying from the bed of Abby�s truck and down a fast-moving creek, leaving him badly injured and alone and Abby in the hospital. So begins an epic account of the girl�s and dog�s travails in their quest to be reunited. The narrative toggles between Abby�s and Tam�s points of view, through their experiences with pain, danger, and aching loneliness for each other. Tam�s voice is so endearing and unquestioningly faithful that readers will find it tough not to flip to the final pages to find out how this heartfelt story ends. Hand this to fans of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor�s Shiloh (1991) and Kathi Appelt�s The Underneath (2008), and they will not be disappointed. Grades 4-7. --Erin Anderson