The Winner's Walk

By Nancy Ruth Patterson; Thomas F. Yezerski (Illustrator)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374384456, 128pp.)

Publication Date: September 5, 2006

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Case Callahan isn't a star swimmer like his sister, Quinn. He's not a champion horse trainer like his father, or a popular stage actor like his mother. Still, Case is determined to make his mark. But one effort after another - talent show, science fair, junior horse show - is a terrible failure. It isn't until Case comes upon a lost dog that he finds his path to success. The dog, whom Case names Noah, is certainly one of a kind - what other golden retriever can answer the telephone and put dishes in the dishwasher? Together Case and Noah seem destined to become a trophy-winning team. Noah, however, is so smart because he was trained to be a service dog, and when Case learns about his dog's past, he realizes there is more than one way to be a winner.
With thoughtful black-and-white illustrations, this is the perfect story for any child who has struggled to discover his talents - and for any dog lover.

About the Author

NANCY RUTH PATTERSON has written three other novels for children, including A Simple Gift. She lives in Roanoke, Virginia. THOMAS F. YEZERSKI has written and/or illustrated many books for young readers, among them Jane Cutler's Rose and Riley books. He lives in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Praise For The Winner's Walk

"Case is a sympathetic, appealing hero, and readers will root for him as he makes an important decision that shows what being a winner is really about."  --Kirkus Reviews "Patterson evokes both laughter and tears in this tender chapter book.  Unforgettable."  --Booklist "Satisfying."  --School Library Journal  "Thoughtful."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Action-packed.  This solid book will appeal to young animal lovers."  --The Horn Book

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