The Winner's Walk (Hardcover)

By Nancy Ruth Patterson, Thomas F. Yezerski (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374384456, 114pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2006



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