Rika's Shepherd (Paperback)

By Orysia Dawydiak

Acorn Press, 9781773660011, 96pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 2018

List Price: 12.95*
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Rika is an energetic girl in control of a small flock of sheep and helping her father run their farm since her mother died six years earlier. The one thing that would make life better would be a border collie pup she could train.

With the help of a young veterinarian, Rika takes on more responsibilities. She encounters challenges, which reveal that she has not coped well with her mother's death. When the valuable and beloved older dog who guards her sheep is gravely in-jured, Rika slips into a depression.

When Rika starts to get better, she takes stock of her blessings and begins to deal with the changes that are imposed on her.

About the Author

Orysia Dawydiak was the first child born to immigrant parents who settled in Northern Ontario. She grew up with a foot in both worlds, on a diet rich in Ukrainian traditions and stories. She lives on a small farm on Prince Edward Island where she raises sheep and dogs. She writes books on livestock protection dogs, and has also written award-winning fiction for children and young adults. She has written two other middle-grade fiction novels, Kira's Quest and Kira's Secret, which was nominated for the Hackmatack Award. Her first novel, House of Bears, was published by Acorn. Visit her website at orysiadawydiak.com.