Dog Town by Debbie L. Richardson

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Blurb:

Harry loves to race around the streets of Dog Town. When he stumbles upon the lost city of cats, he finds himself in a race against Dog Town’s fastest canine, Grizzly.

The winner of this race will have the power to save Cat World, or destroy it.

Harry wants to win, but there is one small problem. The race is in the ocean, and Harry is terribly afraid of water.

Can Harry overcome his fear of the water and save Cat Town?

Read an Excerpt:

HARRY snapped himself out of the trance.

“Run!” he yelled, and every dog did exactly that.

But they took off in a disorderly fashion, like a handful of wound-up toys had been released onto a slippery surface.

Kevin started running first, but he became caught up in chasing his tail. He twirled and twirled, creating a mini tornado.

Teena barked so violently she propelled herself backwards. She only managed to stop when she bumped up against a six-foot-high stack of hubcaps. The metal discs came hurtling toward the dogs at an alarming speed.

Harry saw Teena jump out of the way. Then she reached for Pablo’s collar. She tugged and tugged, but her brother’s feet might as well have been concreted to the ground.

“Pablo!” Harry urged. He cried out again, more urgently this time. “Pablo! Run!”

Pablo stared at the big dogs as though he was hypnotized.

“Pablo!” Teena cried, pulling harder on his collar.

By now, Kevin’s mini tornado had taken on a life of its own. Wispy tendrils clutched madly at anything in reach, but they grasped only air. Seemingly angered by this, the vortex pulled itself into the shape of a bowling ball and made a beeline for Pablo and Teena.

My Review:

What happens when three best friends become mortal enemies?

They spend years being isolated and afraid of what lies beyond their structured domain.

Roger, a wire-haired terrier, Beauregard, a grey tabby, and Shan, a spirited Great Dane puppy grew up best friends. Best friends until an event involving greed, mistrust, and a string of sausages ended their friendship for years to come. Small Dogs, Big Dogs, and Cats were forced to live separately.

Harry, a little dog with a big heart, loves to venture outside his town, Little Rover. His adventures sometimes take him into Big Rover. Talking his friends into going with him one night, he gets more than he bargained for. While trying to escape the clutches of big dogs like Grizzly, Chains, and Diesel, he discovers an entrance to a new world.

Debbie L. Richardson’s Dog Town gives a fresh perspective to an age-old problem. How do we learn to live together and trust those whose cultures, habits, and appearance take us out of our comfort zones.

Exciting, imaginative, and delightful, the author’s descriptive scenes and likeable characters move this middle-grade book along with a perfect pace. Highly recommended.

About the Author:

Debbie Richardson has published fiction novels as D L Richardson. She has published DLRichardson MCP author photo5three young adults supernatural fiction novels, and science fiction and supernatural thrillers for adults. This is her first children’s book.

She was born in Dublin, Ireland and grew up in Australia. It was always crowded and noisy in the family home. At one stage there were also three dogs, a cat, a budgie, and three mice living with seven people the same house.

Debbie learned to find a quiet space within books.

She now lives in the south coast of New South Wales with her husband and a small dog named Teeka.

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