Author(s): Patricia MacLachlan
A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends in this "elegantly spare novel about the healing power of dogs and love" ("Publishers Weekly"), from the Newbery-winning author of "Sarah, Plain and Tall." Zoe's family rescues dogs in need. There is always the sweet smell of dog and a warm body looking to cuddle or play. There is always a new dog to be saved, and loved. Fur flies everywhere. It covers everything. Zoe's house is never silent. The house across the street is always silent these days. A new family has moved in and Phillip, the boy, has stopped speaking. He doesn't even want to try. Saving dogs and saving boys may be different jobs, but Zoe learns that some parts are the same. Both take attention and care. They take understanding and time. And maybe just a bit of white fur flying. From Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, "White Fur Flying "is an endearing tale of companionship and hope that is "beautifully told, quietly moving, and completely satisfying" ("Kirkus Reviews").
"MacLachlan shares with young audiences a touching story of compassion, trust, and patience. She weaves the themes of family and friendship throughout the narrative, peppering her well-paced plot with sufficient tension and avoiding an overdramatization of its climax. Like many of the author's best stories, this one is told simply and gently with touches of light humor. The clear prose, combined with the brevity of the narrative, make the book an ideal selection for young readers, reluctant readers, and animal lovers everywhere. Children will feel satisfied as they discover that both dogs and boys can be rescued, and many will be pleasantly surprised that they can also rescue one another."