The winners of the 40th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced on July 13th on Twitter. Usually the prizes are announced at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books which has been postponed until October. The prizes are primarily for adult titles with one exception, the award for Young Adult Literature.
This year that prize goes to:
When the Ground Is Hard by Malla Nunn
The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate (9780062991317)
Once again join the three friends Ivan, Ruby and Bob from The One and Only Ivan. Bob now lives with humans rather than in the gorilla enclosure in the mall with Ivan. He’s a dog who doesn’t want to be owned, though he does appreciate the soft blanket, regular food and even an occasional cuddle. He resents the clicker used to train him and still refuses to get into any vehicle after being thrown from a moving truck with his littermates as a tiny puppy. As a large hurricane approaches, Bob is visiting the zoo where Ivan and Ruby now live, separated by a wall. The storm hits the zoo directly, generating a tornado that has Bob airborne. As he deals with the aftermath and next wave of the storm, Bob discovers new wells of courage, his continued connection to his lifelong friends, and relocates a family he thought he’d never see again.
Told in Bob’s voice, this book is like snuggling with your favorite dog. The chapters are brief and inviting, sometimes only a few sentences long. They show the mind and life of a dog who may not easily trust people but loves so deeply when he trusts another creature. Applegate clearly adores dogs and really captures the way they might think in this story filled with scents, sounds and Bob’s own unique perspective on life.
While this book does follow the first book about Ivan, it would be possible to also read this one first. I can’t imagine that anyone reading it won’t insist immediately on knowing more about Ruby, Ivan and Bob.
Warm and funny with a remarkable canine hero. Appropriate for ages 7-11.
Reviewed from e-galley provided by HarperCollins.