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Ruby and the Ghost Dog Kindle Edition
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The writing is exquisite. Rich, poetic descriptions of people and places. Dogs so vividly presented that we can feel the lush fur, the cold noses. Biting, snow-fresh air nips our noses and chills our chests. The writer evokes Gassi so well that we almost don't need the photo at the end. Likewise, we experience (or reexperience) the beauty that is Tuscany.
And Ruby's range of emotions--grief, fear, depression, confusion, curiosity, excitement, joy--echoes in the reader's heart. We, along with her, love her mother and Nonna, adore Marco, fear Amelia's mother. Any readers who don't want to stroke Gassi either have hearts of stone or dogs of their own.
One episode in the book briefly sent me out of the story: a scene near the end in Nonna's cottage. I do want Gassi and Amelia to know one another, but I find the "think lovely thoughts" moment sappy. I understand the point, I just don't need the New Ageiness.
That scene, however, ends quickly and we return to the enchantment of the lyrical prose. All too quickly our Italian visit ends. Too soon, but not with disappointment. I desired and hoped for something like the gift we receive in the end, and the last paragraph surprised and delighted me. Normally, I will argue that knowing the conclusion of a story doesn't ruin anything. In this case I urge readers to exercise patience. If you wait, you'll be able to better feel the joyous closure.
I LOVED reading it!
Even though some parts were sad,like when Ruby found out that one of her friends couldn't see a particular thing that only Ruby and a few other people could see.
I enjoyed that in near the ending everything turned out OK and it also taught me a lesson: to never stop believing in anything.
I recommend this book to people 7 years and anyone above.
The characters grab you instantly, the highs and lows of moving to a new land, finding friends, the difficulties of being accepted and accepting loss.
And the personalities and love of the dogs shine through. A great ending, even the real life one. An enjoyable read for any age.
My oldest is 10, and I thought it was completely suitable.
The language is accessible without being childish.
The spirituality is age-appropriate.
While the book doesn't demand a sequel (it's a good stand-alone story), I hope Ms. Tankard considers a follow-up; we'll be first in line to get it!
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