June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: inspiring true story of the love between a little dog and a long distance runner
A retelling of marathon runner Dion Leonard’s bestselling true story, this is the kind of book that young readers absolutely love. Leonard was competing in a gruelling race across the Gobi Desert when he came across a little stray dog. For some reason, the two bonded and Gobi, as he called her, was soon running alongside Leonard, providing him with real encouragement and support. By the time they finished the race, the two were inseparable, and Leonard knew that he wanted to take the little dog home to Scotland, no matter what it cost. It proved very difficult, especially when Gobi went missing in China, while Leonard was in Britain. After moments of real danger, and through a combination of luck, love and hard work, the two were finally reunited. This heart-warming animal story is perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo or Sheila Burnford’s classic The Incredible Journey. ~ Andrea Reece
For fans of A Streetcat Named Bob comes Finding Gobi, the heart-warming true story of a dog who captured the hearts of the world. Younger readers' edition.
Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope and friendship - proving once again, that dogs really are 'man's best friend.'
In 2016, Dion Leonard, an ultramarathon runner, stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The pup earned the name 'Gobi', as she went step for step with Dion, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles. What Gobi lacked in size, she made up for in heart. Dion had always focused on winning, but as he witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something inside him change. This is a story of a life changing friendship between one man and a little stray dog called Gobi.
|Publication date:||1st June 2017|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||True Stories, Animals|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
Dion Leonard is an Australian ultramarathon runner. He has run across some of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes including South Africa's Kalahari Desert and competed twice in the brutal 250km Marathon Des Sables across the Moroccan Sahara desert. Dion was taking part in a gruelling race in Northwest China when he unexpectedly made a four-legged friend for life. Finding Gobi, the book about their adventures is out now.Dion lives in Edinburgh with his wife and Gobi.More About Dion Leonard