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DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Huck by Janet Elder

Product Description

Huck is a page-turning, unforgettable true story of the tenacity of one small dog, the unexpected, extraordinary kindness of strangers, and a family’s devotion to each other.

Michael was four when his relentless campaign for a dog began. At seven he made a PowerPoint presentation, “My Dog,” with headings like “A Childhood Without a Dog is a Sad Thing.” His parents, Janet and Rich, were steadfast; bringing a dog into their fast-paced New York City lives was utterly impractical.

However, on a trip to Italy, a chance happening leads Janet to reconsider, a decision then hastened by a diagnosis of breast cancer.  Janet decides the excitement of a new puppy would  be the perfect antidote to the strain on the family of months of arduous treatments for her illness. The prospect of a new puppy would be an affirmation of life, a powerful talisman for them all.

On Thanksgiving weekend, soon after the grueling months of treatments are over, Huck, a sweet, mischievous, red-haired, toy poodle joins the family and wins everyone’s heart.

A few months later the family ventures to baseball’s spring training, leaving Huck with Janet’s sister in Ramsey, New Jersey.  Barely twenty-four hours into the trip, Janet receives the dreaded phone call: Huck has slipped through the backyard fence and run away.

Broken-hearted and frantic, the family catches the first plane to New Jersey to begin a search for their lost puppy. It is a race against time, for little Huck is now lost in an area entirely unfamiliar to him, facing the threat of bears and coyotes, swamps and freezing temperatures, rain and fast cars.

Moved by the family’s plight, strangers – from school children to townspeople to the police lieutenant – join the search, one that proves to be an unyielding test of determination and faith.

Touching and warm-hearted, Huck is a spirit-lifting story about resilience, the generosity of strangers, and hope.

About the Author

Janet Elder is a senior editor at The New York Times. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Richard Pinsky, their son, Michael, and the family dog.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767931343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767931342

OK, so I have this book in my hot, little hands right now.  It is in the massive TBR pile.  I have it scheduled for review right before it is released.  I may get to it sooner though since I really put the breaks on requesting/buying/trading for new books.  It is so sad to not get anything in the mail.


  1. That sadness at the sight of an empty PO Box fades soon enough, replaced with glee at the knowledge the TBR will finally shrink. Even a tiny bit.

    Trust me.

  2. Simply have to have this one. Added it to my wishlist. Thanks :)

  3. Great cover!
    I will be watching for your review of this one!
    Huck is a great name too.

  4. Aww..this sounds like a sweet book to read. I know it will touch my heart when I do read this book. :)


  5. I read a review copy of HUCK by Janet Elder and my heart felt good about people and life again. A wonderful story and a great read.


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