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Michael was four when his relentless campaign for a dog began. At seven, he made a PowerPoint presentation, “My Dog,” with headings like “A Childhood Without a Dog Is a Sad Thing.” His parents, Janet and Rich, were steadfast; bringing a dog into their fast-paced New York City lives was utterly impractical.

However, on a trip to Italy, a chance happening leads Janet to reconsider, a decision then hastened by a diagnosis of breast cancer. Janet decides the excitement of a new puppy would be the perfect antidote to the strain on the family of months of arduous treatments for her illness. The prospect of a new puppy would be an affirmation of life, a powerful talisman for them all.

On Thanksgiving weekend, soon after the grueling months of treatments are over, Huck, a sweet, mischievous, red-haired toy poodle, joins the family and wins everyone’s hearts.

A few months later, the family ventures to baseball’s spring training, leaving Huck with Janet’s sister in Ramsey, New Jersey. Barely twenty-four hours into the trip, Janet receives the dreaded phone call: Huck has slipped through the backyard fence and run away.

Broken-hearted and frantic, the family catches the first plane to New Jersey to begin a search for their lost puppy. It is a race against time, for little Huck is now lost in an area entirely unfamiliar to him, facing the threat of bears, coyotes, swamps, freezing temperatures, rain, and fast cars.

Moved by the family’s plight, strangers—from schoolchildren to townspeople to the police lieutenant—join the search, one that proves to be an unyielding test of determination and faith.

Touching and warm-hearted, Huck is a spirit-lifting story about resilience, the generosity of strangers, and hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s about hope, it’s about fear, it’s about triumph…I guarantee you, you’ll feel better about everything after you read this.”

    David Letterman

  • “There is an aura of happy innocence—a kind of euphoria— pervading this book…Elder shows us humanity in its best light and we are uplifted.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by kathi | 5/2/2011

    " Sweet book more about the kindness of strangers than about the actual dog who ran away. Great for persons that love to read animal stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Betty | 4/24/2011

    " There was more a story about the kindness of an entire community than anything else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jami | 4/7/2011

    " So great I had to read it again! TEN STARS! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rachel | 4/4/2011

    " It was cute and a very easy read but I was not blown away. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the writer sounded pretentious when writing about anything non-NYC related. That annoyed me a bit. "

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About the Author

Janet Elder is a senior editor at the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, their son, and the family dog.