The Trouble with Tuck: The Inspiring Story of a Dog Who Triumphs Against All Odds by Theodore Taylor

The Trouble with Tuck: The Inspiring Story of a Dog Who Triumphs Against All Odds

byTheodore Taylor

Kobo ebook | January 16, 2009

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Available for the first time in a Yearling edition, the classic, inspiring story of a dog who triumphs against all odds, by the bestselling author of The Cay.

Helen adored her beautiful golden Labrador from the first moment he was placed in her arms, a squirming fat sausage of creamy yellow fur. As her best friend, Friar Tuck waited daily for Helen to come home from school and play. He guarded her through the long, scary hours of the dark night. Twice he even saved her life.

Now it's Helen's turn. No one can say exactly when Tuck began to go blind. Probably the light began to fail for him long before the alarming day when he raced after some cats and crashed through the screen door, apparently never seeing it. But from that day on, Tuck's trouble--and how to cope with it--becomes the focus of Helen's life. Together they fight the chain that holds him and threatens to break his spirit, until Helen comes up with a solution so new, so daring, there's no way it can fail.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author Theodore Taylor was born in Statesville, North Carolina on June 23, 1921. At the age of seventeen, he became a copyboy at the Washington, D. C. Daily News and was writing radio network sports for NBC in New York two years later. During World War II, he joined the merchant marines and earned a commission as an ensign in the U. S....
Title:The Trouble with Tuck: The Inspiring Story of a Dog Who Triumphs Against All OddsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 16, 2009Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307548341

ISBN - 13:9780307548344


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Un readable Dont read this book it was a school asinement so i had to finish it. It maces no sene and is worded badly.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dog story with joy and triumph It is 1956, and thirteen-year-old Helen Ogden, who has thick glasses, braces, and frizzy hair, lives at 911 W. Cheltenham Dr., in the aging Montclair Park section of Los Angeles, CA, with her father, an engineer; mother, a teacher; two older brothers, Stan and Luke; and golden Labrador retriever named Friar Tuck Golden Boy, or just Tuck for short. In the three years that Helen has had Tuck, he has saved her life twice, once from an attacker while walking the dog in a fog-shrouded park and the other from drowning when she hit her head while diving in a friend’s swimming pool. But there is one “trouble with Tuck.” One day, Tuck goes to chase some cats out of the Ogdens’ back yard and runs right through the screen door as if he didn’t even see it. Their veterinarian, Dr. Douglas Tobin, tells the Ogdens that Tuck has developed retinal atrophy, or the disintegration of both retinas; in other words, he is going blind, and there is no known treatment. What will happen to Tuck? Will he have to be put down? Will he be given for experimental purposes to the university at Davis where researchers are working hard on retinal atrophy? Will Helen just run away to her Uncle Ray’s cabin at Lake Angeles and take Tuck with her? Or is there another possible option? Author Theodore Taylor, who also wrote the bestselling novel The Cay, based his story about Tuck and Helen on true events. As to language issues, Luke refers to Tuck as “Poopy,” and Helen’s mom uses the interjection “Lordy” once, but there is neither cursing nor outright profanity. Not even any common euphemisms are found. One thing that I did notice is that Helen, who narrates the story, says that when she learned of Tuck’s problem she prayed for the first time in a long time and that while she had done a lot of double finger crossing in her lifetime, she had not done much praying. This would seem to imply that the Ogdens were not a very religious family. Also, Helen doesn’t always tell the truth to her parents as she tries to figure out what to do about Tuck. But in general, the book is well-written and pleasant to read. Dog lovers will especially enjoy it. So many children’s books about dogs end with a lot of sadness, but this one concludes with triumph and joy. Also, it is good to see Helen’s own growth in self-confidence from being shy and feeling ugly as she learns how to handle the “trouble with Tuck.”
Date published: 2013-07-08