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A frightened slave girl's fervent desire to have a companion she can communicate with on her journey to the unknown is the catalyst that gives an aggressive-looking but lovable dog the rare gift of speech. Dawg, as our canine friend is known by the captain and the crew of the vessel on which they are sailing, has a kind heart and wishes to help his new friends out of their present predicament. But there is little he can do in his present situation until he meets a kind lady who takes more than a passing interest in him. Find out if Dawg can be of service to his friends in J.A. Strike's Birth Of The Doggone Hero.
J.A Strike taps into the rich and storied culture of New Orleans to give us a children's novel about a brave dog who is the perfect version of man's best friend in Birth Of The Doggone Hero. The story may have been written with young readers in mind but it is crafted well enough to interest much older readers. Strike's attention to detail is simply incredible as he spares no effort to breathe life into a simple story. Supposedly minor aspects of the novel such as the language with which the story is told are elevated to the point where the authenticity of this nineteenth-century adventure is not in doubt. The characters are equally original in their presentation as their conversations reflect the era of the story's setting impressively. The illustrations are lovely with the pictures at the start of each chapter providing a guide as to the direction of the story as well as beautifying an interesting book. Young readers will have no problem falling in love with Strike’s book just as I did.