Fans of The Incredible Journey and Old Yeller will love this endearing, page-turning dog adventure story Luna is a farm puppy who loves to dance, and has only known a happy, serene life surrounded by her mother, Mutt, and her siblings, and cared for by Gilberto, the son of farm workers. But now Gilberto and his parents have moved on, and Mr. Thomas the farmer doesn't feel he can take care of a whole family of dogs. He finds new homes for the puppies, not realizing that the man who took Luna and her brother does not have their best interests at heart. Luna and Chief, hungry and scared, are trapped in the smelly barn of a puppy mill—until they take matters into their own paws and find a way to escape. But can Luna and Chief find their way home?
With a lovable cast of animal characters and endearing illustrations, this charming story is a perfect read-aloud for fans of classic children’s novels like Gentle Ben, A Cricket in Times Square, and Shiloh.
About the Author
Julie Salamon is the author of several award-winning books for adults, including Wendy and the Lost Boys. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and more. She lives in Manhattan with her family.
Jill Weber has illustrated numerous books for children and adults, including The Story of Hanukkah, Sydney Taylor Book Award winner The Story of Passover, and New York Times bestseller The Christmas Tree, which was written by Julie Salamon. Jill lives on a farm in New Hampshire.
Praise for Mutt's Promise
* "Using simple and sturdy phrases that belie the story's sophistication, Salamon gives the journey-as-a-vehicle-to-self-discovery theme a poignancy that avoids schmaltz. . . . Weber's primitive-style black-and-white illustrations add their own emotive power. Emotional depth, adventure, and puppies—highly satisfying."—Kirkus, starred review
"This tender story of courage and hope will appeal to young animal lovers."—Booklist
"Dog lovers . . . will enjoy this upbeat book."—School Library Journal