Dusty The Island Dog

Children - Social Issues
57 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2019
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Author Biography


Linda Heavner Gerald has received much acclaim for her books. She has been writing for over six years and published seventeen novels. Her work includes all genres. Linda writes each day with the goal of publishing books of substance. She draws from her medical background to alert her readers of current medical problems as well as inspiring them with her many travels. Linda hopes to transport her readers from the safety of their home to places which they may never discover. Her most important goal is to demonstrate that God loves all of us. Even though her characters create problems for themselves, she wittingly shows how God can extract us from the mess we make. The President's Book Award has been awarded several of her books for the past three years. This author has also obtained international acclaim. Linda's books are all over the world.
The Gulf of Mexico delights her as she shares her world with her husband, Buddy, of twenty-six years and their cat, Jackson Brownie Gerald. Her son recently joined them in Florida, where the most beautiful beaches in the world welcome them.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Dusty the Island Dog by Linda Heavner Gerald is the heartwarming story of Dusty who was left alone after her mother died. Dusty lived in Abaco, Bahamas and her first home was on the steps of a seasonal condo. The owners lived there only six months during winter and her mother always located food and took Dusty to the site. They had great fun together and went on strolls on the beach and the golf course. Her mother would wake her up in the mornings with kisses. Things changed one day when Dusty's mother disappeared and she couldn't find her anywhere. Dusty was terrified when she realized her mother would not come back. It was at that time Winston came into her life and Winston made her happy. Dusty felt safe when he was around her. They became inseparable but then things changed.

This is a story of love, betrayal, friendship, hope and belief in God. Dusty teaches readers the importance of carrying on in life despite pain and loss, loving each other, and being kind to each other. The illustrations are adorable and bring Dusty, Winston, the other characters, and the scenes to life. It is an excellent book for children as there are a lot of life lessons that can be learned from it. It is a good story for reading aloud sessions in classrooms to help children realize how important it is to be honest, truthful, and kind to others. Dusty's and Winston's characters have been portrayed well and Dusty's story will move readers.