Lassie Come-Home

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Macmillan, Sep 18, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
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Lassie is Joe's prize collie and constant companion. But when Joe's father loses his job, Lassie must be sold. Three times she escapes from her new owner, and three times she returns home to Joe, until finally she is taken to the remotest part of Scotland—too far a journey for any dog to make alone . . . But Lassie is not just any dog.

 

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This is a delightful and heartwarming story that takes place right after World War I, in England and Scotland. The storyline centers on Lassie, the Carraclough's pet Collie. The family loves their dog very much... but when hard times hit, the family is forced into making a life-changing and heart-wrenching decision.
The town of Greenall Bridge could always depend on seeing Lassie trotting down the streets with her owner, young Joe Carraclough.
As the story unfolds, you will discover how determined and loyal that a dog can really be.
Through the experiences of Lassie, you will meet many of the villagers, some with thoughtful regards, and some characters with bad intentions. No matter what kind of situation, someone is always there to guide Lassie on her way.
This book was originally published by Eric Knight in 1940. Only 3 years later, the author died. However, the classic story of Lassie has been told again & again since then, in other revised & adapted books, and also in movies.
I think almost anyone would enjoy this story. The dedication and perseverance of the dog, to the quaint villages of England and Scotland, and all the characters within, along with their lovely British accents... I savored every word!
 

Contents

Chapter Page
1
Three An Eviltempered Old Man
13
Four Lassie Comes Home Again
21
Five Dont Come Home Any More
33
Six The Hiding Place on the Moor
44
Seven Nothing Left but Honesty
58
Eight A Captive in the Highlands
70
Nine Freedom Again at Last
79
Twelve What a Painter Saw
104
Thirteen When a Dog Is Ailing
120
Fifteen A Captive in the Lowlands
134
Sixteen Donnell Never Trust a Dog
145
Chapter Page
159
Eighteen The Noblest GiftFreedom
176
Twenty A Gallant Heartand a Goodbye
202
Twentyone Journeys End
216

Ten A Long Journeys Beginning
88
Eleven The Fight for Existence
97
Twentytwo Just Like Old Times Again
240
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Eric Knight was born in 1897 in Yorkshire, England, the countryside that was the background for Lassie Come-Home. He moved to the United States as a teenager. After graduating from Cambridge Latin School in Massachusetts, Eric Knight married and settled on a farm in Pennsylvania, where Lassie Come-Home was written and where the collie who inspired the book is buried.

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