Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ARC Source: Shelf Awareness
While not specifically designated as YA, Haatchi and Little B (based on a true story) could definitely fit into that category as many teenagers would love this story of a boy and his dog. For adult readers, the book speaks to new relationships and acceptance, of being a parent, and of being courageous. It takes a lot for a book to be accessible to such a wide range of readers, but that is where this book finds its success.
Haatchi is an Anatolian Shepherd who was hit over the hit and left for dead on the railroad tracks in London, England. After being hit by a train, Haatchi partially loses a leg and most of his tail. He is rescued and undergoes surgery where he must learn to walk with three legs and communicate without his tail. After trying to stay in one home and causing too much trouble (as many dogs will), Haatchi is sent back to the vet. Eventually, the big, lovable dog makes his way into the home of Owen (or Little B as called by his stepmother Colleen) where he forever changes Owen’s life.