Stella by McCall Hoyle audiobook

Stella

By McCall Hoyle
Read by Rachel L. Jacobs

Shadow Mountain 9781629729015

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665030557

  • ISBN: 9781665030540

  • ISBN: 9781665030564

Runtime: 4.35 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An uplifting and poignant story about a former service beagle named Stella who must find the courage to overcome her fears and use her special nose to save a girl’s life

Ever since Stella was a puppy, she was trained to use her powerful beagle nose to sniff out chemicals used in explosives and warn her human handler in order to keep people safe.

But during a routine security inspection, Stella is distracted and misses the scent of an explosive chemical. The sound of the blast is loud and scary. Stella survives but her handler—her best friend in the whole world—is gone. Stella blames herself, certain she’s a bad dog.

Scared of loud noises, especially thunder and fireworks, Stella struggles with her anxiety and must be retired from being a service animal. Several families try to foster her, but sometimes Stella is so scared she howls or digs or tears things up with her teeth. She wonders if anyone will want to adopt her.

An expert dog trainer, Esperanza, thinks she can help. It’s Stella’s last chance to prove she can be a good dog. Stella has every reason to love her new family, especially the young human named Cloe who smells like chocolate chip cookies, newly cut grass, the pages of books, and something else—a strange chemical she can’t quite identify.

Cloe has epilepsy, and a chemical inside her body surges just before she has a seizure. Stella’s nose makes the connection. But how can she warn Esperanza without her thinking it’s just Stella’s usual anxiety? How can she convince her new family that she can be a new kind of service dog and hopefully save Cloe’s life?

Told from Stella’s point of view, listeners will experience life through a dog’s eyes, ears, and, especially, her nose. Like Babe the pig or Ivan the gorilla, Stella the beagle is an extraordinary story for kids who love animals. An endearing novel of courage, compassion, friendship, and love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This tender novel from a dog’s perspective will help readers understand the importance of animals in their lives…A heartfelt dog story that readers young and old will enjoy.” School Library Journal
“Dog training, trauma recovery, and just enough urgency to keep it moving: a quiet pleasure.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: McCall Hoyle

Author Bio: McCall Hoyle

McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is an award-winning author and an ALA Schneider Family Book Award finalist. She is a sixth-grade language-arts teacher in one of the largest school systems in Georgia. She has a wide circle of influencers in the middle grades, including teachers and librarians. In addition to teaching middle grade readers, she regularly makes presentations at local schools, as well as at the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Library Association, and BookCon.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.35
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English