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Emma Pearse is an Australian journalist who lived in New York for over ten years, where she wrote for New York magazine, the Financial Times, and The Village Voice, among others. Emma lives and works between Australia and New York. This is her first book.


Publishers Weekly, 10/3/11 "A tender, delightful story of how a cosseted pup turned into a hardy, intrepid-and very lucky-'supercanine,' this book will endear itself to dog and adventure lovers everywhere." Kirkus Reviews, 11/1/11 "This story of canine loyalty and the power of human-animal relationships is as charming as its blue-furred heroine. A treat for dog lovers." Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human, August 29, 2011 "It was amazing how this dog swam to a remote island and survived to be reunited with her family. All dog lovers should read this wonderful book." Library Journal "This emotionally uplifting saga of a Queensland, Australia, family who lost overboard their beloved blue heeler dog, Sophie, while on a weekend boating trip reflects the strength and loyal spirit of these people and canines...Animal lovers and survival story enthusiasts will enjoy this riveting, true store, told with strong local flavor." Booklist, 1/1 issue "Dog lovers will appreciate this heartwarming story of animal survival and the ties between humans and animals." American Way, February2012 "A heartwarming tale of the power of love and perseverance."

The "incredible true story" of Sophie begins when the titular Australian cattle dog falls overboard during a boat ride at Mackay Marina in Queensland, Australia. Instead of drowning, Sophie swims six miles to an island and survives for five months until she's miraculously reunited with her owners, Jan and Dave Griffith. Anna-Lisa Horton narrates in a clear, conversational tone, maintaining listener interest throughout, even during dry sections of the book, e.g., passages detailing the movement and speed of the tide and descriptions of the flora and fauna on Keswick Island, where Sophie eventually washes up. A must listen for animal lovers and fans of man's best friend. A De Capo Lifelong hardcover. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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