As the alpha dog in the pack, it’s up to Gus to decide when a new dog fits in. Miss Lottie has rescued three dogs after him, and Gus has welcomed each one. They all get along pretty well. But when Decker arrives, he has no intention of getting along or fitting in. Can Gus step up to the plate and be the leader he needs to be?
Secondhand Dogs by Carolyn Crimi is a sweet tale of finding your place in life and discovering your strengths along the way. Each dog encountered setbacks and difficulties of some kind before Miss Lottie took them in, and now they are comfortable in their new home. Decker has no intention of being part of the group. He challenges Gus and works to turn the dogs against each other. When the smallest dog leaves in search of his former owner, the others rally to find him before the neighborhood coyote does.
Crimi keeps the story going in ways that keep it from being predictable, letting it unfold gently until it reaches a heartwarming conclusion. I highly recommend Secondhand Dogs for mother-daughter book clubs and all readers aged 8 to 12.
The author provided me with a copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.