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Finding Gobi. The True story of one Little Dog’s Big Journey by Dion Leonard

June 12, 2017 Comments off

finding gobiFinding Gobi. The True story of one Little Dog’s Big Journey by Dion Leonard. Pub HarperCollins, 2017.

Animal stories are close to children’s hearts, they evoke joy, apprehension and tears and this heart warming story is no exception.

Dion is a seasoned ultramarathon runner and during a 155 mile race across the Gobi desert he is accompanied by a little dog whom he names Gobi. After the race finishes he has become so attached to Gobi that he wants to take her/him (I am not sure what sex Gobi is) home with him.

Complications and drama begin. The costs of such an exercise are huge and the quarantine restrictions in China and in Scotland where Dion lives are prohibitive.

Dion tells his story and people start sending in funds to help bring Dion to Scotland and then Gobi goes missing. What has happened to the little dog? Has someone dognapped her/him for money? Is he/she still alive?

Dion has to go back to China to find her/him. Read the rest to see what happens.

I loved the story with Gobi also given a voice, but the story of the endurance race through the Gobi gripped me as well.

Easy to read with high appeal to reluctant readers from Primary school upwards even to adult and young adult. The story is amazing.