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A boy builds a life-changing bond with his dog in this adventure story from the author of Star in the Storm.

It’s 1929, and thirteen-year-old Tom Campbell has always wanted a real family with a real house and a dog of his very own. Since he was three years old, the only home he has ever known has been the Mission orphanage.

When he is sent to live and work with fisherman Enoch and his wife, Tom finally sees his dream within reach. And when he rescues a Newfoundland dog in the middle of a terrifying squall, Tom feels as if both he and the dog, which he names Thunder, have found a place to call home at last.

But when Enoch’s wife becomes pregnant and it looks like Thunder’s owner might be found, Tom’s wonderful new world is turned upside down. Will the Murrays still want Tom? And will Tom be forced to give up his beloved Thunder?
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on May 1, 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-10: 0689864035
ISBN-13: 9780689864032
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  • animal247
    animal247Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 8:50 am
    I love this book sooooo much! I recommend this to all people! (even cat people!) This story will touch your heart as much as it touched mine!
    • ericasmith
      ericasmithWednesday, December 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm55 stars
      i wanted to read this because i like dogs and the sea. i like the dog his name is thunder.