|A HOLIDAY PRESENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
THE PROMISE- Orchard Books, Illustrated by
Jacqueline Rogers, 80pp, ages 7up
It's Matt's first Christmas without his mother, and he is doing everything he can to keep her traditions alive, from
decorating the Christmas tree with pokeberry candles to asking Pa to tell the story of the Christmas miracle when
animals were given the power of speech. When a hungry bear comes out of hibernation and surprises Matt and his
Labrador retriever, Sara, in the forest, Matt escapes up a tree, but while defending him, Sara is mauled by the
frustrated bear. Matt must get help for his beloved dog; the only problem is that snow is coming and he is completely
lost. Suddenly, he hears a voice telling him the way. Is it Sara's? Or is it Ma's? Before Matt will leave, he makes Sara
promise she'll be alive when he returns. This jewel of a novel from acclaimed author Jackie French Koller beautifully
portrays the loving bond between a boy and his dog.
A Scholastic Book Club Selection for Fall 2000