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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature

Fresno's Big Read 2012

A Dog's Way Home

March 31, 2012   ~  Come, sit and stay for an afternoon filled with dogs and delights. Author Bobbie Pyron will discuss her book, A Dog's Way Home at the Woodward Branch Library on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2 p.m. Bobbie, who loves both dogs and outdoor adventure, describes A Dog's Way Home as "a personal love letter to Shelties" and to the two classic dog stories, Lassie Come-Home and The Incredible Journey.

Set in North Carolina, A Dog's Way Home tells the story of an eleven-year-old girl Abby and her Shetland sheepdog Tam. Coming home from an obedience contest in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Abby and Tam become separated after a tragic car accident. The story, told from alternating viewpoints, describes the struggles and dangers that Abby and Tam must endure as they search to find their way back to each other.

The Arne Nixon Center is co-hosting the event offered as part of Fresno County Library's Big Read Program. This year the Big Read featured book is The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Related programs and events will take place throughout Fresno County during the months of March and April.

The library's own therapy reader dogs, the Tail Waggin' Tutors, will be present after the talk for children to pet or to share a book with. Light refreshments will be served and take home doggie treats will be available. Copies of A Dog's Way Home will be available for sale and autographing.

The Woodward Branch Library is located at 944 East Perrin Avenue at the intersection of Champlain and Perrin. Parking is free. For more information please call the Center at (559) 278-8116 or send e-mail to