The Adventures of Surf Dude: The Dog of Ochlockonee Bay
2022 FAPA President’s Book Award: Gold: Middle Grades 6-8
In a remote part of the South Carolina woods, a small Carolina pup plays with his brothers and sisters while their mother hunts rabbits. In one irreversible moment, his life changes forever. For a while, he lives happily with a human in Panacea, Florida, but he soon finds himself alone and homeless. Between encounters with native wildlife, thunder storms, and hunters, he learns to trust no-one but himself – until a man named Russ brings him honey-buns and calls him Surf Dude. After being on his own for so long, should he go home with Russ to a fenced-in yard with rules, or enjoy the life with no boundaries that he was born into?
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