By Meg Kearney
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Trouper is a good dog, but he’s missing a leg. It wasn’t a problem when he was part of a big pack, running on the streets. He and his pack get rounded up, however, and taken to a place with many cages. People come by to look at them, slowly taking away all of his pack. They take away Hunter and Tugger, Digger and Dice, Big Bear, and then Sweet Girl. All of the dogs go home with new people, all except Trouper. It makes him sad to be alone, until one day a boy comes to his cage and calls him a ‘good boy’. The boy takes him home, not minding that Trouper only has one leg.
Trouper is based on a true rescue story. Written in verse, Trouper talks of kindness and the love of a boy and his dog. The beautiful watercolor paintings are lifelike, bringing to life the story of how some animals get a second chance even when they’re not perfect. Trouper is Meg Kearney’s rescue dog in real life. He lives happily with her family in New Hampshire.
Recommended for ages 4-8
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