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August 15, 2014


This month, we're pleased to feature a novel about rescue dogs:  Ellen Cooney's The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances. It's the story of two women who find a place for themselves at a dog training school which is also a secret command center for a rescue network that engages in kidnappings of abused dogs.

Read on to learn more from the author, and enter to win a copy of this new novel.

Enjoy your summer reading, 

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp 

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances
by Ellen Cooney

Fiction / 304 pages / Hardcover

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  /
August, 2014


Dear Reader,

I'm hoping you'll journey up a mountain to join the adventures at the Sanctuary with rescued dogs like Alfie, the racer-greyhound who refuses to move; Dora the Scottie who imagines herself a queen; deaf little Josie who has issues with being touched; Shadow the hound who gave up on barking and has to somehow find his voice; and Tasha the Rottweiler, the biggest, the most-smiling, and the one who's always in trouble.

I hope that when you turn the last page of my book, you'll share some part of how I felt when I finished writing it: that I would never stop loving and missing these characters. It was my great luck to be inspired by my own rescued dogs to dare write a novel about the hard work of hope and healing, with all of the radiant joy that comes from truly connecting with another creature, no matter if you wear fur or human skin.

Ellen Cooney


About The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances:


This is the story of a cast of troubled dogs and two women -- Evie, recently out of college, and middle-aged Mrs. Auberchon -- who find a place for themselves at a dog training school called the Sanctuary, which is also the center of a radical rescue network involved in kidnappings.   

Funny and wise, dramatic and deeply moving, it's a story of rescues and homecomings, teaching and learning, holding on and letting go, and always heading for a future that has nothing to do with the hardships and failures of a past.


Reviews of The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances:       


"This book will grab your heart and not let go."
-John Grogan, author of Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

"Ellen Cooney has written a funny, joyous, and heartrending book that insists intelligence and kindness must win out over ignorance and cruelty."
-Connie May Fowler, author of Before Women Had Wings

"Is there such a thing as a Rescue Book? Well, there is now. This is a miracle of a book. Cooney is such a wise genius of a writer, and her sentences keep surprising you, but are never the point in themselves. I read with a kind of mental breathlessness."
-Gail Godwin, author of Evensong


To learn more, visit Ellen Cooney's website and follow her on Tumblr. 

Ellen Cooney is available to speak to your book club by phone, Skype, or in person. Contact Ellen to arrange a discussion.


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