Enzo knows he is different from other dogs; a philosopher with a nearly
human soul (an an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself
by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the
words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition,
and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast.
Using the techniques needed on the racetrack, one can successfully navigate
all of the life's twists and turns. This is a story of family, love,
loyalty, and hope that is beautifully crafted and provides a captivating
look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only a dog could tell
Additional Partner Selections for Young Readers:
Garth Stein has also written a young-reader version entitled Racing in
the Rain: My Life as a Dog. Middle-schoolers will enjoy this chapter
book for its action and great understanding of the dog's viewpoint.
For younger readers,
the Long Beach Unified School District suggests one of these:
Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School
by Mark Teague. Delightfully illustrated and comically written, this story
tells of Ike who is sent to obedience school for his misbehavior, but he
begins to see the light.
Dog's Life: the Autobiography of a Stray
by Ann M. Martin. This book details the life of Squirrel, a dog born on a
farm whose life takes several turns for the worse as she is forced to fend
for herself, but she ultimately finds a happy home with responsible, loving
humans. Readers learn compassion from the poignant tales of neglect and
abuse to dogs.
by Valerie Hobbs. "Sheep" is a Border Collie in this book; he was born on
a sheep ranch but loses his home to a fire. After a series of engaging and
sometimes frightening experiences alone on the highway, Sheep finds a home
with an orphan boy. This book also teaches good lessons on compassion.