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Friends for Life by [Tiner, Billi]
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"Tiner manages to breathe life into the book's four main characters...An entertaining read..."- Kirkus Reviews

5 star-"Friends for Life" is so much more than just your ordinary dog story...It is such a feel good tale that you will want to mark this as one that will be a classic..."Reviewed by Lorraine Carey for Readers Favorite

"Friends for Life" is a strong pick for youth readers who enjoy a dog-driven tale."- The Midwest Book Review

From the Author

Bo and Rico are characters that first appeared in my book "Welcome Home".  I felt that these characters deserved a book of their own.  "Friends for Life" is the story of how they meet and become the streetwise dogs that later help Jake, the lead character in "Welcome Home", search for his dream home.

Product Details

  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081M5IIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a heartwarming story about friendship and loyalty, of course, from none other than man’s best friend! Bo is a purebred bulldog pup who has lived with his owners until they decide to sell him through the pet shop. After arriving, Bo is confused and Rico the Chihuahua becomes his friend. They bond and grow even closer after two goons kidnap them from the store!

Bo and Rico put their brains, brawn and paws together to escape from the dognappers, but they soon learn their fate on the street is perhaps worse that it was with their dognappers. The streets of the city are cold, hard and mean. They run into a fair share of dangerous situations, until they get rescued by a very street savvy stray. Tank has been around the block before and he knows Bo and Rico are good pups, so he takes them under his wing.

As Bo and Rico survive day by day on the streets, their friendship grows steadily. They are inseparable and always work to protect one another. They have a myriad of adventures, the scariest of which are avoiding the Animal Control officer Jimmy and some run-ins with Mongrel’s pack of strays. They also rescue a lost Poodle, Pearl, and help her find her way back home.

The book contains all the elements that are appealing and engaging to younger readers. Although it’s marketed as a children’s book, I’d really categorize it as a MG book because it is a chapter book of length, and the vocabulary is a little higher than what would be found in a children’s book.
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Friends for Life may be a children/teen book but any true dog lover will fall in love with Rico and Bo and their mentor Tank. The book formed pictures in my mind of the dogs as they grew and lived their lives. I could hear the doggy voices just from the words Billi used to describe the dogs. The story is a glove on a cold day..sun after the rain...a soft pillow after work. It made me smile and laugh and cry. I am 49 and am an avid book reader. This is one i will never forget . All my dogs (3 of whom are at Rainbow Bridge) have always and will always be my Friend gor Life. So happy i found this book. I hope to meet Rico and Bo again...maybe on a playdate with Tank
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Although recommended as a childrens book Friends for Life will find a place in the hearts of all ages. Watching the two mischeivious puppys grow and learn, with the help of their mentor Tank, to survive on the streets is both heartwarming and funny. Children will learn about true friendship and how, by working together, they can overcome all obsticals.
Highly recommended for children 8 and up.
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What I liked: My son (9) and I have read this twice. It's a sweet, heartwarming story featuring dog protagonists, and stresses the courage it takes to overcome some scary obstacles. The adventures are fun, the characters are goodhearted, and there's enough action to keep young readers interested. My son enjoyed it both times.

What I didn't like: I am a huge, huge no-kill animal rescue advocate (I donate all proceeds from my own books' sales to no-kill rescue), and for two reasons I tend to stress the importance of never buying dogs from breeders: one: puppy mills, and even non-mills don't generally treat mamas well at all; and two: thousands of unwanted pets die every day in shelters, so why in the world are we breeding more? The dogs in this story are from a breeder, as are most dogs in pet stores, and I would have given this book five giant stars if the dogs had been rescues, or from a shelter or rescue group. If you read this book to your kids, or let them read it, make sure you know this going in, and explain these issues to your kids in words that fit their learning and emotional levels.

In sum: My son and I liked this book, and I'd recommend it for elementary-aged kids, with the caveat I listed above.
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The beginning to me was a little confusing and was kinda strange, but the middle and end were fantastic. This book had a ton of adventures and this book is also filled with very cool dogs. I think if you like dogs and adventures then this is a great book for you!
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Do you have that one special friend. Growing up, I didn't want to spend the time for a large number of friends. One or three really good friends that have lasted a life time, are the ones for me. Oh, I like aquaintences...the more, the merrier. But, read this book and ask yourself if you have one of those friends.. If not, get one.
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This is a very heart warming tale about friends. Yes, the friends are dogs, but the friendship they have for each other is the real story. Any child who likes animals will enjoy reading about their adventures. There are many funny parts to keep them smiling, but also some exciting scenes that will thrill young readers. It was great to see how the dogs worked together and balanced their strengths to solve problems. Great example for children that differences can be strengths.
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I absolutely adore this book. I am currently reading it to my five year old at night and she listens with rapt attention. I only wished that Bo and Rico had the same happy ending as Tank and Pearl. She will be disappointed when we get to the end.
Edit: read the five star reviews and found out that there is a part 2: Welcome Home. Guess I will go and buy that now :-)
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