A Place to Call Home: Toby's Tale

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A Place to Call Home is the heartwarming and inspiring story of an abandoned white German shepherd puppy named Toby and his cross-country search for a forever home. Narrated in part by the animal characters in the book, the reader experiences Toby’s world through his eyes and those of the animals he meets on his journey. Inspired by a true story, this middle grade/young adult novel can be enjoyed by dog lovers of all ages. “An inspiring and compelling story. Highly recommended.” The Wishing Shelf Awards.

G. A. Whitmore - Author

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This is such a wonderful book that truly touches your heart. I have read many dog books, and this tale is by far one of my favorites. You can tell how much work G. A. Whitmore has put into this story. It was a quick read, and I did not want to put it down.

I am making my dad read it as well! Thank you G. A. Whitmore for sharing Toby's story!

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If you love dogs you'll love this book! I didn't want the story to end. I can't wait for the second book to be published.
My 10 year old grandson read it and loved it. Also, the discussion questions and activities in the back of the book are great for talking to kids about some of the issues in the book.

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Narrated by the title character, A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale features a white German shepherd puppy who is discarded by a heartless breeder because of his color. The story follows Toby from his birthplace in a Northern California farm across the country, where he finally finds his forever home. However, before he finds a loving family in Connecticut, Toby experiences losses (of his canine family and his first adoptive family) that challenge him to learn to trust again. He also meets some good people along the way, and even some animal friends who help him in his quest. The story contains situations that can encourage conversations about prejudice, dysfunctional families, communication within and between species (the animal characters talk with and understand each other), afterlife, animal souls, and growing up.
Although there are animal deaths and a family in crisis, the descriptions are not gory or gratuitous. Because the author does not preach or argue a specific faith, this book is thought provoking as well as engaging. Toby’s quest inspires readers to reflect on their own relationships, and its final message is hopeful and uplifting.
This newer edition includes a discussion and activities section in the back that offers some engaging ideas that homeschoolers will love.

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An engaging story and a great activity section in the back
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This is the first of a series, and we want the next one now!
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