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Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.769306

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and 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 race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.

On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

Hardcover, 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0007271239
ISBN-13: 9780007271238
18 Book Reviews
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  • spagetti
    spagettiMonday, November 9, 2015 at 9:27 pm
    I loved this book. It does have one scene is not appropriate for younger kids. but the story is heart warming and beautifully told by the perspective of a dog. It weaves in a very strong racing auto racing metaphor (actually describes a lot of elements which were quite interesting) throughout the book that parallels life. Highly recommend you find a copy.
    • rosethorn
      rosethornSunday, March 24, 2013 at 10:49 am55 stars
      A heartwarming story, you can't help but love it!
      • fencingchick
        fencingchickSunday, March 24, 2013 at 9:34 am55 stars
        It is so sweet and I have read it like 10 times!
        • gasinskiz
          gasinskizFriday, March 15, 2013 at 9:01 am
          Really good so far!
          • girl4711
            girl4711Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm55 stars
            i love puppies !!!!!!!!!!!!
            • ode99
              ode99Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:14 am55 stars
              i love this book!!!! i just can't think of any better book. it has one creepy moment but thats okay because its a sad book about family, love, dispare, and greatness. read the book and you will find out.
              • boulder
                boulderTuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:41 am44 stars
                Its good so far and sad. Since the dog is old and sick he knows he's going to die someday so he tells the story of his life.
                • bellalana2
                  bellalana2Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm
                  Meet one silly dog, Enzo. He is old and dying, and wants to tell his story to you. You listen carefully, and whimper with him at the sad parts, yet giggle at the funny parts. Want to know what your dog is thinking? Read Racing in the Rain.