Thanks BookLook Bloggers for a review copy of Finding Gobi Young Readers Edition.
Dion Leonard is an ultramarathon runner (what are ultramarathons, you ask? They are long races — longer than the typical 26-mile marathon). He runs a race in China, and along the way, he notices that a little dog has begun running with him.
Dion and the dog develop a friendship, and he decides he’d like to take the dog home to Scotland with him. He names the dog Gobi, after the Gobi desert that was part of the landscape they’d traveled together during the race.
But getting an animal out of China and into Scotland is a nightmare. There are forms to fill out, procedures to be done. And to make matters worse, Gobi disappears and gets lost during the process. It’s even hinted that Gobi may actually have been used for ransom. Let’s just say that after reading this book, as well as another I recently finished, China is not a place I have any desire to visit anytime soon.
Happily Ever After
In the end (spoiler alert!), Gobi and Dion are reunited and all is well. It’s nice to have an animal book that ends happily rather than with the pet dying. And this book is based on a true story, which is always a plus for me.
The book is geared toward elementary and middle school age kids. It contains some photos, too. I enjoyed the book even as an adult, and would recommend it for the young reader on your list who likes animals!