A Pup Called Trouble

By: Bobbie Pyron

Inspired by true stories, this heartwarming tale follows a coyote pup lost in New York City's Central Park, and the family of friends he discovers far from home. Notes about coyotes, crows, and opossums.

ISBN: 9780062685223

JLG Release: May 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: New York City , Central Park , Coyotes , Getting lost , Survival , Crows , Opossums , Dogs

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An exuberant and curious coyote pup is aptly named Trouble. His parents worry that their youngster’s inquisitiveness will lead him astray. In an attempt to set boundaries for their impish offspring, the parents show Trouble and his siblings the makers (humans) and warn them to have nothing to do with this clan. Trouble, however, cannot stay a An exuberant and curious coyote pup is aptly named Trouble. His parents worry that their youngster’s inquisitiveness will lead him astray. In an attempt to set boundaries for their impish offspring, the parents show Trouble and his siblings the makers (humans) and warn them to have nothing to do with this clan. Trouble, however, cannot stay away, and one night his nosiness finally leads him into a precarious situation. He is exploring a farm truck when he finds himself on the move, ending up at a farmer’s market in New York City. Trouble alternates between fear, homesickness, and delight as he navigates new environments, tries new foods, and settles into a comfortable life in Central Park with his new friends, Mischief the crow, Rosebud the opossum, an owl named Professor, and Minette the poodle. When Trouble draws the attention of an animal control officer, he’s desperate to reunite with his family. Based on real-life instances of coyotes inhabiting Central Park, Pyron’s tale deftly navigates the animal adventure genre with a lively voice. Readers will be captivated as Trouble and his friends work together to find safety and, eventually, return home. Each creature grows as a character, exhibiting bravery, compassion, and sacrifice. A variety of humans, kind and horrid, round out the story and play roles in Trouble’s eventual reunion with his family. Critter Notes at the end provide factual information on the animals in the book. VERDICT Purchase where there is a demand for animal stories, especially for fans of W. Bruce Cameron’s “A Dog’s Purpose” series.—Nancy Nadig, Penn Manor School District, Lancaster, PA

Book Details

ISBN

9780062685223

First Release

May 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 700L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

New York City, Central Park, Coyotes, Getting lost, Survival, Crows, Opossums, Dogs,

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