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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Beginnings: The Mountaintop School for Dogs

Today I am linking up to Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader where readers share the first sentence of the current book they are reading.

The Mountaintop School for Dogs: And Other Second Chances 
by Ellen Cooney

"It was dusk on a winter day, and from high on the mountain came barking, drifting down above the snow like peals of a bell, one, two, three, four, more, just to say the light was leaving, but that was all right: here I am, I'm a dog, all is well."

Thoughts on Intro: I love how animated this book begins. From the introduction, the reader gets the sense that the dogs are going to be key characters as well. As a dog owner myself, I am really excited to read this story. There is much that animals can teach us and they provide a unique energy that offers such joy! The Mountaintop School for Dogs is sure to be a terrific read for those with four-legged friends!

About the Book (from Sanctuary. Place of refuge. Training school. Command center for The Network. Home for strays and rescued dogs. Evie is stuck at The Inn, managed by the stern and mysterious Mrs. Auberchon, although she’s supposed to join a training program at The Sanctuary. That’s what she signed up for—never mind that she lied and doesn’t know the first thing about animals except what she’s learned from a breed guide, from the notes someone keeps leaving, and from videos online, like one that asks: Please can more people be nicer to dogs? Once up on the mountain with staffers, volunteers, and her dog students, Evie takes notes on the new things she’s learning. Alpha. Forgiveness. Play. Rehabilitation. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns every time he’s adopted, and the rottweiler who’s a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie came from a troubled past. She writes: “Rescue. Best. Verb. Ever.” As she creates her own training manual, she may even write an entry on herself. A worthy shelf-mate to books by Garth Stein and Carolyn Parkhurst, this is a brilliantly engaging novel about finding fellow animals who may bring you a deeper sense of home, healing, and the power of inventing a future.

* The Mountaintop School for Dogs, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is scheduled to be released Aug. 5, 2014.

My Furbaby, Chloe
You can read by review of Cooney's Thanksgiving here 
and my review of Cooney's Lambrusco here.

About the Author:
Ellen Cooney was born in 1952 in Clinton, Massachusetts. She is the author of eight novels and stories published in The New Yorker and many literary journals. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and taught creative writing for over twenty-five years, most recently in the writing program at MIT. She now lives in mid-coast Maine.

Happy Reading,


  1. This sounds like a delightful and fascinating book! I'll be watching for its release.
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  2. This sounds really interesting! Your dog is adorable :) Here is my beginning at Shut Up & Read. (New follower!)

  3. Sounds wonderful! And your dog is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. Reading that beginning, I would keep reading.....

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  5. Great beginning...I can clearly see and hear the scene.

    THANKS for sharing.

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  6. Beautiful Sheltie! I grew up with the breed and my dad still runs agility with 2 of his. They're great dogs. This sounds like a really interesting book and one I never would've thought to pick up!

  7. Chloe is gorgeous Rebecca! I really like the sound of this one, I love dogs! We have an Old English Sheepdog. Thanks very much for visiting my blog and commenting on my beginnings post too. Lindsay

  8. ,From the introduction, the reader gets the sense that the dogs are going
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