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A Dog's Way Home

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,563 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
Daddy says, "Most folks got a north star in their life—something that gives their life extra meaning. Mine is music."

Without even thinking, I say, "Mine is Tam."

Abby knows that Tam, her Shetland sheepdog, is her north star, and she's pretty certain she's his, too. But when an accident separates Abby and Tam, it feels as though all the stars have fallen out of the sky and n
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published February 22nd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Abby and her Shetland sheepdog, Tam, spend hours every day practicing for agility training trials and simply enjoying one another’s company. That all changes the day Abby and her Mom have an accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Heading home to NC from a competition in Virginia, their pick-up truck travels headlong into a tree, sending Tam’s crate tumbling down a mountainside. Tam manages to free himself from the crate before he’s drowned in a mountain stream, but in the c
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I bought this book a few years ago as well, and a few months ago, I decided to read all of the books on my shelf that I have not read yet, and this was one of them. This is about a sheltie that gets lost on a highway after a car crash, and the dog's owner tries to find him. This has the POV of both the girl and the dog, and the chapters are short, since it is for kids. This is a heartbreaking story of a girl trying to find her missing dog, and I loved it! Some parts were quite frustrating, like ...more
Emily Ann
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awwww. My poor little fragile animal-lover heart just broke into a million pieces
Bri  Ahearn
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All Abby needs in life is Tam, her beloved Shetland sheepdog. When the two are doing agility training, Abby doesn’t have to even speak to give cues to Tam, their relationship is that strong. But when Abby’s family is in a car accident, Tam’s crate is thrown from the truck and the two are separated by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Abby needs Tam and Tam needs Abby, and they’ll stop at nothing to find each other.

I tend to classify dog books in my own way. There are books that are about dogs and then a
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
11yr old Abby and her dog Tam are Dog Agility champions. After another win in Virginia, there's car accident on the way home to Harmony Gap, NC. Tam's cage which was in the back of the truck was thrown over during the accident. Now Abby is trying to find Tam and he's trying to find his way home. The chapters alternate between the two.

Once Tam was lost it was his story I was most interested in. One thing I loved about Tam, he wasn't an extraordinary or overly smart dog. He was simply a regular Sh
I found myself really enjoying this book. I was afraid at first that it would be kind of slow, but it wasn't at all. At least, I didn't find it so. The story moves quickly from the time that Abby and Tam get separated. The alternating accounts (Abby and Tam) could have slowed the story down, but it didn't. I found myself anxious to find out what would happen next in the story. Tam's predicament tugged at my heartstrings and I found myself cheering him on in his struggle. There is one part of the ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-2012
My 11-year old son (whose favorite genre is fantasy) LOVED this book, and predicts that it will win the Newbery. He has noticed that recent winners usually convey strong emotion, and this book does that well. I liked the alternating perspectives of girl and dog, and was drawn into the emotional worlds and dramas of both their lives. Both story lines developed unexpectedly strong and engaging supporting characters (Cheyenne and the coyote in particular). The Blue Ridge mountain setting is captiva ...more
Marianne Mitchell
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Don’t you just love the cover on this book? The adorable Shetland sheepdog ‘fetches’ the reader and takes you on a wild adventure. On their way home from a dog agility show, Abby and her mother are in an accident. Tam and his crate are thrown from the bed of the pickup. As Abby recovers, she is determined to find Tam, even though the odds are not good. Told in alternating voices of the girl and the dog (it really works!) the reader is taken on an incredible journey of survival and adventure. Kee ...more
Augie Staudacher
Dec 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I really had a rough time continuing to read this at the beginning. It was going just as I predicted, the girl gets in an accident, the dog gets lost and can't find the way home, but for some reason he has a certain reason he needs to get home. As the story goes on I had to set it down because it was boring but then it hit a good spot. All the sudden the book was really good and it got a lot better. This book showed the bond between human and dog, but also showing many important concepts on frie ...more
Raul Gallardo
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron is a book about a girl named Abby who has a dog named Tam who got lost in a car accident. I really like this book because it switches perspectives from the dog Tam to Abby each chapter although Tam doesn't talk. It is also amazing how close they were to each other all the time. I really recommend this book to anyone who would like a book that wants to make you keep reading.
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It was an amazing book about a girl and her best friend and companion, her dog, get seperated during a terrible accident, and that they both have such a strong bond, that nothing, not even when they are 10,000 miles away from each other, can break it. It shows the loyalty of friends, and that friendship and love always wins.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because of how this dog does everything to find his owners after the crash he was hidden when knocked out and this story broke my heart. How he finally found his family.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story, thought it could be used for Rappin' Readers, but they don't like sad stories, so will just recommend it to the few who like to read about dogs.....
Edward Sullivan
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written, dramatic and moving story about the unshakable bond between a dog and her girl. Tam will go down in history as a "top dog" among literary canines.
Rowan Rybak
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“All he knew was that she was calling. For all the years he could remember, this voice was his world, his compass. And when the person he loves most in the world calls, a dog can do nothing but go.”

Abby often describes her dog, Tam, as her North Star. From eating dinner, sleeping, and winning first place on the agility course, they do everything together, and the only one who truly understands her is Tam. Coming home from an agility championship, Abby and Tam are thrown into a car accident, and
Nathan Meyer
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Dog’s Way Home, by Bobbie Pyron was a great story about a unique dog named tam tam who is very good at obstacle courses. Abby the owner of tam loves the dog to death and trains the dog to be one of the best dogs at doing obstacle courses. On the way back from winning a competition the mom and abby get in a bad car accident and tam is thrown into the river. Tam still being in the crate has to struggle to get out of the crate before he suffocates lucky he does and and now has to worry about gett ...more
Gabrielle Garcia
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Abby whose best friend is her Shetland Sheepdog, named Tam. One day everything changes when Abby, Tam, and her mom are on their way home from a dog competition and they get in a car accident, which leads to Tams crate falling out of the truck into the woods, getting lost. After this accident Abby is more concerned about Tam instead of herself and her injuries. I love this book because of the way it has Tams point of view, and all he goes through and discovers on ...more
Kathy Filardo
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet book reminiscent of Lassie Come Home and the Incredible Journey about a sheltie, Tam who was lost after a car accident and had to make his way back home from Virginia to South Carolina himself. The POV shifted from Tam to his owner Abby, and while I enjoyed both I preferred the dog narration as that was where the action was.
Gracie S
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book is a very adventurous book. It's about a girl named Abby and her dog named Tam. They were coming home from a big competition. but then a deer ran in front of the truck and they crashed. Tam's crate fell out of the back of the truck and into the woods. they looked and looked and after months they find tam and he is home with his girl.
The sequence of events are first
janet donica
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly amazing dog

The book moved along at a rapid pace. Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down. I found it so interesting because I just adopted a nine-year old Sheltie.
What a. Wonderful story

I could not put down finished it in two days
I felt like it was my dog . Great story lots of action going on for the poor dog
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
A sweet (and at times sad) book about a lost dog’s journey home. I really enjoyed this book...highly recommend for 9-13 year olds.
Paige Thomas
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book, it may have took me a while but in the end it was really good. I will not spoil it because you should read it on your own to get the experience.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book moved me into a reading slump because i cant leave behind Abby and Tam right away to read a diffrent book! this book has touched me and i dont think I'll find a book to top it just yet
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love it even though I am not a dog person. I love this story!! I cried at the end...tears of joy though. :-)
Grace C
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like the challenges that Tam has to overcome to find his way back home However, not my favorite book
Marg Kendron
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it immensely have the Kleenex ready. Would be a great book for Jack and/or Cassie.
Kayla Johnson
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Richie Partington
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
11 March 2011 A DOG'S WAY HOME by Bobbie Pyron, Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, March 2011, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-06-198674-1

"And every stranger's face I see
Reminds me that I long to be
Homeward bound."
-- Paul Simon

"Mama slipped an arm around me and pulled me to her. 'I'm sorry, Abby. I know how much you loved him.
'"I twisted away from her. 'He might still be alive.
'"A look passed between Mama and Daddy.
"'He could have gotten out of the crate,' I said. 'Just because you didn't find him, that doesn'
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