January 2, 2011

tour: Second Chance

subtitle:  How Adoption Saved a Boy with Autism & His Shelter Dog
author Sandra J. Gerencher
published April 2008

Welcome to the Tribute Books virtual tour of Second Chance.  This brief 28-page book packs a wallop within its covers.  There's adoption of both a young boy and a shelter dog.  There's the boy's autism.  There's confusion in moving to a new home and learning new rules.  Plus another dog attempts to show who is alpha and adds to the drama.  So many topics all tied up in one dog.

The story is told from the viewpoint of Chance, a Rottweiler-German Shepherd mix.  He is a "slightly mouthy" four-month old puppy with many questions about life.  It is a sweet story and I enjoyed it.

 Second Chance is an award winner on the PBS Kids Recommended list.   The author Gerencher is a special education teacher.    Here is an excerpt of the book for your benefit. 


Sarah said...

Well, I just read the excerpt, thank you very much, and now I have a new book on my list of "must haves"! 'This looks like a delightful story and one that I know my daughter will enjoy. She is always asking if we can go to the library to find books on autism and there just aren't too many made *for her*. This will surely be one she'll love. so I am just going to go out and buy it!

Thanks for this, Betty- I have never heard of it before!

Tribute Books said...

Betty - thank you for sharing SECOND CHANCE with the readers of Reflections with Coffee. You are so right when you say the book packs a wallop - it deals with a lot of issues - adoption, autism, shelter dogs - but in a way that a child can understand.

Sarah - I so hope you get a chance to pick up a copy of the book. I would love to hear your thoughts when you are able to share it with your daughter.

Best wishes,
Tribute Books