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November 2015

Odd dog out

By Ellen Emerson White
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Beast the dog decides that he’s had it with people, friends and everything else. He’s a loner now, and nothing is going to change that.
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Beast the dog decides that he’s had it with people, friends and everything else. He’s a loner now, and nothing is going to change that.

Dropped off at the Green Meadows Rescue Group after his third failed adoption, Beast—renamed Webster by the shelter, though he’s nicknamed Bad Hat by the other dogs—is malnourished, distrustful of humans and ready to give up. While the homemade treats are nice and the beds are comfortable, he’s always looking for the first possible chance to break out and make it on his own. He’s tried being a good dog, and it just isn’t working for him. As his time at the shelter grows, Webster finds himself drawn to the dogs around him, each with their own unique story of how they ended up at Green Meadows. When Webster finds a way to escape, however, he discovers that freedom isn’t as perfect as he expected.

Narrated from Webster’s point of view and filled with the voices of an eclectic menagerie of animals, Webster: Tale of an Outlaw is tense, exciting and heartwarming. Webster is both brash and broken, and author Ellen Emerson White captures his voice perfectly. Readers will identify with the feeling of sometimes wanting to leave everyone else behind and with the joy of being accepted for exactly who you are.

 

This article was originally published in the November 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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Webster

Webster

By Ellen Emerson White
Aladdin
ISBN 9781481422017

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