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The Trouble with Tuck: The Inspiring Story of a Dog Who Triumphs Against All Odds
Available for the first time in a Yearling edition, the classic, inspiring story of a dog who triumphs against all odds, by the bestselling author of The Cay.
Helen adored her beautiful golden Labrador from the first moment he was placed in her arms, a squirming fat sausage of creamy yellow fur. As her best friend, Friar Tuck waited daily for Helen to come home from school and play. He guarded her through the long, scary hours of the dark night. Twice he even saved her life.
Now it's Helen's turn. No one can say exactly when Tuck began to go blind. Probably the light began to fail for him long before the alarming day when he raced after some cats and crashed through the screen door, apparently never seeing it. But from that day on, Tuck's trouble--and how to cope with it--becomes the focus of Helen's life. Together they fight the chain that holds him and threatens to break his spirit, until Helen comes up with a solution so new, so daring, there's no way it can fail.
The Trouble With Tuck
By Amber Tonge
- April 12, 2002
This was a wonderful book with an inspiring story of a little girl and her dog. I didn't think I would like it at first...I had trouble getting into it, but once I got started, I couldn't put it down! I would recommend this book to readers of all ages. It is a great story that can be enjoyed by everyone--especially pet lovers! Any pet lover would understand Helen and the lengths that she would go to in order to keep Tuck happy. I felt that this story had an original ending...there was a bit of foreshadowing to give hints to the ending, but other than that, I would've never expected it to end that way. I really liked this book, and I can really relate to it, because I have a yellow lab. I can't imagine what Helen was going through. I think it is also inspiring for children to know that they can make a difference, and all it took was one determined little girl to make a difference in that dog's life. Helen is a little girl with a big heart. This story almost seems like... read more
A wonderful, heartwarming book for animal lovers!
By A Customer
- April 21, 1998
This is one of the best books I've ever read! It's about a girl who trains a German Shepherd, Lady Daisy, to be a guide dog for her blind yellow Lab, Tuck. I'm not just saying this because German Shepherds are my favorite breed- I just thought it was an exceptional book!
SEEING EYE GIRL
By Plume45 "kitka12345"
- March 17, 2002
In this touching story 13-year-old Helen dedicates months of frustation and hope to resolve a canine crisis: her beloved 3-year-old lab, Friar Tuck, is going blind. As the various "solutions" proposed by caring and intelligent adults all prove unacceptable to this desperate young lady, she
quietly decides to defy the System. Her goal: to keep her loyal companion alive, at home and free-roaming. Based on an actual incident in California, this story reaches across generations and lovers of pets species, to remind us of the meaning of loyalty, devotion and creative conflict resolution--even tough love. You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate Helen's pain, or applaud her defiance of grim reality. "It's never been done before," is no excuse! When the principals involved truly have Heart, there Is a way after all. For kids 10-15 and pet lovers of all ages.
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