Coop is an aging, cynical, down-and-out dachshund who faces the ultimate test when his new owner, Mike, and Mike's grandchildren, Zach and Emma, run into trouble. Mike rescued him, but does Coop have what it takes to do the same?
Writer and educator LARRY VERSTRAETE is a former elementary school teacher and university instructor. Larry is an award-winning author of sixteen books for young people, an active promoter of books and literacy, and a frequent visitor to schools and librairies where he shares his passion for writing, science and great adventures. He's travelled all over the world, but calls Winnipeg home.
"sensitively examines the impact domestic abuse has on all members of the family as well as the damaging psychological effects repeated failed adoptions have on rescue animals. Tears are likely to be shed reading this book due to the authors' deft hand in writing emotional scenes with cinematic sunrise quality. A quick and enjoyable read filled with endearing characters, moments of humour and heartfelt storytelling, Coop the Great is a wonderful middle-school novel for all readers. Perfect for both young readers who love animals, as well as a classroom or bedtime read-aloud focusing on important themes of empathy, heroism, and the power of a positive mindset, this is a novel worthy of purchase and priority placement on bookshelves." - Highly Recommended, CM Magazine