At Spirit’s Key by Edith Cohn


September 5, 2014 by Heidi

spirit's key

I’ve found a book for those of you who were traumatized in youth by Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller, and other hopeless dog tales.  As a lifetime dog owner and lover, dog books have become my personal cancer books.  I just can’t read them without having the heart ripped out of my chest.  When in graduate school my Resources in Children’s Literature prof assigned us Because of Winn-Dixie, we took it with a measure of trepidation and asked her tremulously before we’d begin, “Does anything bad happen to the dog?”  Turns out, no, it doesn’t (yay!).  And turns out, when they tout Spirit’s Key as being Savvy meets Winn-Dixie, they’re not far off.  Spirit’s Key is the poignant tale of both a girl coming into her family power and her relationship with a much beloved dog.  Edith Cohn’s solution to the much feared dying dog issue?  Bump him off before the book even begins–genius!

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