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Booklist - 07/01/2016 *Starred Review* “I found the boy at dusk.” So begins this love story, told by a dog. During a blizzard, siblings Nickle and Flora leave their car to find help. (Their mother has already gone for the same reason.) Irish wolfhound Teddy leads them to the cabin of Sylvan, a poet who once befriended him and became the only one who could understand Teddy’s words—until now. The children are not overly surprised that Teddy can talk; indeed, they are charmed. More pressing is figuring out how to keep themselves safe in the storm, because, as it becomes clear, Sylvan is no longer alive. Writing in a spare cadence that is perfectly precise, Newbery Medalist MacLachlan moves back and forth in time as Teddy remembers his days with the cranky but perceptive Sylvan and regathers his sense of stability as he makes new memories with Nickle and Flora. To be able to touch the deepest places of loss, hope, and love with a minimum of flair and fuss is a rare gift, and MacLachlan gently brings her readers to a place where the results of magical thinking are as real as life’s trials. Near the book’s end, Teddy reveals that before his death, Sylvan told him to watch for two jewels. Readers will find their own jewels in this gem of a book. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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