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A Place to Call Home is the heartwarming and inspiring story of an abandoned white German shepherd puppy named Toby and his cross-country search for a forever home. Narrated in part by the animal characters in the book, the reader experiences Toby's world through his eyes and those of the animals he meets on his journey. Toby's life begins on a farm where the carefree, hapA Place to Call Home is the heartwarming and inspiring story of an abandoned white German shepherd puppy named Toby and his cross-country search for a forever home. Narrated in part by the animal characters in the book, the reader experiences Toby's world through his eyes and those of the animals he meets on his journey. Toby's life begins on a farm where the carefree, happy days he has known come to an abrupt end when his breeder decides to "dispose" of him and his sister Tara because of the color of their fur. With the help of a kind farmhand, the two puppies escape unharmed. After a tumultuous time during which Toby is shuffled from place to place, he is finally adopted, but he quickly realizes his new family has deep-seated issues that put him in danger, and what seemed like an ideal home, turns into another place he must escape from.As Toby struggles to find a forever home where he can feel safe and secure, he experiences some painful losses, but he also makes new friends--friends who will help him to trust humans again and teach him the power of love.Inspired by a true story, this middle grade/young adult novel can be enjoyed by dog lovers of all ages....

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A Place to Call Home: Toby's Tale Reviews

  • Brenda
    2019-04-13 03:49

    German shepherd pups Toby and Tara were the last two of the litter left at the farm – their siblings had been sold recently leaving them alone with their mother. The farm was home to them, and young Michael, the boy of the farm would play with them whenever he could. The farmhand was kind as well as the farmer’s wife, but the farmer was constantly angry when he looked at the two remaining pups. He was disgusted they were white – he was afraid his reputation as a breeder would be harmed if people knew of the white pups. The day he decided to get rid of them for good was a day of change for Toby and Tara…Days of fear and trauma for the pups came to an end when a new family adopted them – the two children, a boy and a girl, loved the puppies, naming them Marshmallow and Fluff. New friendships formed; Drake was an old dog who was extremely wise – Toby felt Drake was his best friend. But trouble and sadness was on the horizon once again. Toby began to think he could never trust humans – the danger from them made him fearful for his life. Would Toby ever find a forever home where he was loved and could love back?What an absolutely beautiful novel! Based on a true story, A Place to Call Home is wonderfully told partially in the animals’ voices (mostly Toby’s) and tells of their feelings, their fears and their exhilaration at life, and how that can change in a heartbeat. We also learn about the bloodline which caused the two puppies to be born white. G.A. Whitmore has created a spectacular novel which can and will be enjoyed by both young and old alike – and especially by dog lovers. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-30 22:37

    A Place To Call Home: Toby’s Tale is a middle-grade novel about animal welfare and adoption, focusing on an all-white German Shepherd-wolf hybrid puppy named Toby who was born on a farm. Toby’s Tale is a journey across the United States, where Toby experiences love, loss, and harm. As an animal lover, more than once I was brought to tears through the moving prose; I found myself impressed by how the story managed to convey serious issues despite being a children’s novel.Full review on my blog.I had received this book via NetGalley. Thank you for letting me read it!

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-04-07 23:57

    Do you like Charlotte Webb and her tales?Then you are going to love this.This is about a white German Shepherd dog, a rescue dog. Its all told from the eyes of this beautiful animal, his life, his woes and his rescue.Not a dry eye in the house.You need tissues. Yes I know this is a children's book but we never grown up do we. AND we are a sucker for a sad story especially when it involves children or animals.G A Whitmore has weaved a truly heartbreaking but lovely outcome in this story. Can you survive to read it. Get the tissues at the ready. You have been warned.Thank you to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles via Net Galley for my copy

  • Kate Matson
    2019-04-07 00:43

    Summary:A Place to Call Home is the heartwarming and inspiring story of an abandoned white German shepherd puppy named Toby and his cross-country search for a forever home. Narrated in part by the animal characters in the book, the reader experiences Toby's world through his eyes and those of the animals he meets on his journey. Plot:At first, I was confused about where the story was going, but I picked up quickly. Once it started getting on with Toby's story, I was completely interested. It shed light on an area where most people don't care to look, and I'm forever grateful for that. As an animal activist, this book spoke to me on so many levels. Writing:G.A. Whitmore's writing style is unique, and wonderful. She's a very talented author, and I grew to love her writing. I hope she writes more books in the future. Characters:It was so heartwarming how the animals had to learn to trust again. As an abused puppy, you can imagine how hard it would be to love the same species who had recently beat you almost to death. Overall:This book was such a great story. I'm so glad I read it. I had no idea this was based on a true story, and it was a pleasant surprise to find out. I love how she put the fictional backgrounds on the animals. Recommendations:This is definitely a middle grade book. It deals with hard family matters (alcoholism), and serious animal abuse. I would say 11+. I am for sure recommending this to all, it doesn't matter if you like animal or not. There's important lessons that need to be taught, and this book is a great source.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-04-09 23:35

    The theme of rescue dogs runs strongly through this tale. The author in America adopted a white German shepherd, which was possibly a part wolf hybrid. She created a story about how and why this dog and his white sister might have been abandoned. Partly the tale is shown from the viewpoint of the dog Toby and his mother or grandmother. I enjoyed the story, which is suitable for young adults or adults. The reason I am not giving a better rating is because the scenes told from the point of view of dogs are in italics, which are very hard on the eyes. But younger readers might not mind. I downloaded a copy from Net Galley for an unbiased review. The author says a portion of sale proceeds will go to rescue dog organisations.

  • Susan Anderson
    2019-04-18 23:47

    I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down, but I must warn you to have tissues at the ready. A Place To Call Home by G.A. Whitmore is a heartrending tale of Toby, a rescue dog, a white German Shepherd, unwanted and unloved, shunted from place to place, nearly destroyed, until one day he finds his forever home.G.A. Whitmore knows how to spin a yarn. Her prose is excellent, her plot expansive and full of sudden turns. It kept me on the edge of my seat. If you love animals, a gripping plot, great characterization, and a wonderful story, this book is for you and I can't wait to read more from G. A. Whitmore.

  • Tish
    2019-04-10 01:50

    This would be a good book for children (maybe 4th grade and up) as it is told from the viewpoint of a dog and could lead kids to be more compassionate toward animals. The author makes the dogs basically furry humans, which likely makes it easier for younger readers to understand and relate. However, I found the extreme personification to be a drawback for me. I love dogs and have read some books that I thought had better dog characters, but they were probably not as well-suited for younger readers.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free e-galley of this book.

  • Renee
    2019-04-05 21:29

    A Place to Call Home is based on the true story of Toby, a pure white German Shepherd (considered “undesirable” by breeders), who begins his journey as a puppy born on a breeder’s farm. The story follows Toby as he journeys across the United States searching for his “forever home”.In a style reminiscent of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty (one of my favorite books from childhood), the reader is taken for an emotional roller coaster of a ride as we share glimpses of Toby’s happiness when he is with his beloved mother and siblings only to have everything turn upside down when the breeder calls for his (and his sister’s) execution – because of their unusual and undesirable white fur. But a kind farm hand (and the breeder’s wife) cannot bear to end the puppies’ lives and plot to take them secretly to a nearby shelter. Unforeseen circumstances result in the puppies being abandoned by a dumpster where they are kindly taken in by a couple. And so continues the story, as Toby jumps from home to home until he is lovingly taken in by a woman (one can assume this is the author!) and her son where he lives out his days in a loving home.Ms. Whitmore has woven a poignant, drama-filled tale which has moments that will make you smile, some that will make you cry, and others that will leave you wanting to go out IMMEDIATELY and adopt a rescued dog from your local shelter. I can say in all honesty that even though my sister has a rescued dog, I am looking at ALL dogs differently now. Ms. Whitmore has effectively written a story from the perspective of an abused dog and has succeeded in drawing awareness to the plight of animals who have suffered severe abuse. Balanced with the descriptions of how people can be cruel to animals is the portrayal of people who are kind-hearted and generous with animals. I think this is why the book is so effective in drawing out an emotional reaction to the story.I do have to mention one thing about the story that should be taken into consideration. The book switches perspectives between Toby (the dog) and some of the human characters. Make no mistake, the story does contain violence toward animals and I don’t take issue with this. The descriptions of violence and its consequences are necessary to tell the story and to ultimately have a strong take-away message for individuals who read the book. That being said, there were some more “adult themes” – specifically alcoholism and related issues – touched upon in the book. I found that the story delving into the relationship between Ray (the abuser) and Lisa (especially from their perspective) a bit “advanced”. I know that different families have different comfort levels discussing these types of themes so I just want to mention it so that a reader can make an informed decision around age-appropriateness. Don’t get me wrong – it is a GREAT story regardless!My Bottom Line: Based on a true story, A Place to Call Home is a moving tale featuring multiple perspectives of individuals and animals all centered around the main character, Toby – a pure white German Shepherd puppy – who experiences many highs and lows on his quest to find his “forever home”. Ms. Whitmore has written a story from the heart, beautifully. I was genuinely moved by Toby’s Tale and found myself emotionally invested in the story throughout. I believe the book will be enjoyed by children ages 10 years and older and I recommend this book to all animal lovers; but dog lovers, in particular, of course!* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2019-04-12 05:47

    I am giving this book a 3* review for a few reasons but none of them includes a bad read. The contrary really. First of all proceeds from this book goes to no kill shelters and shelters that finds forever homes for fur babies. That alone should warrant the purchase. The story is not an easy read. I hate abuse. And I loved to hate the first 3/4 of this book. So much in this book need not have happened. Ever. But it does. I don't care much for most of the human character development in this book. And for that the book drops a * rating. The farmer, the father later, his spouse all seem very silly and one dimensional but the last woman, her son are quite cool and likable and does show development and at first I found this weird. Could it be that the author only learned about character development later in the book? Well I guess it is possible but I no longer think so. I think this author simply cannot write a bad guy. A monster that would abuse puppies so she failed to round them off, to explore them more because she cannot even imagine the way these people would rationalize their actions. And so the book gains another *. I could, had to put the book down often. It drove me nuts so one more star lost. In the end, the story ends well and realistically but be prepared to deal with the first 3/4 of the book which ain't no light reading. But do buy a copy. The book is not expensive and the proceeds are for a good cause.

  • Lori
    2019-03-26 04:40

    I was a goodreads first reads winner of "A Place to Call Home:Toby's Tale. this book is a first of a series called "The Rescue Dog Tales" this one is about a white German shepherd/ wolf mixed dog called "Toby" It is seen through both Toby's eyes and the narrator. Toby is born on a farm. The family breeds German shepherds. When two of the dogs are born pure white the man of the house is convinced they will not sell. if he had his way the puppies would be killed. Lucky for toby and his sister the wife makes arrangements to rescue them and taken away. Soon he and his sister end up with a family. Sadly tragedy strikes, and Toby is in danger when the father of the family has a temper when drunk. Toby cannot understand why this man is so mean to him. thank goodness Tobey gets another chance to be in a loving family when he ends up at the shelter and finds a new home. soon he has a happy ending with a new family a forever family who gives him a safe and good home. this Is a nice book. thank goodness it has a happy ending. I like those books where a dog finds a good home. this is the first of a series. it can easily be read by children as well. anyone who loves to read about dogs may like to read this book.

  • Paula
    2019-03-31 02:51

    I received this book from in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to, to Outskirts Press, and to G.A. Whitmore.This was a wonderful story about the lifetime journey of a dog named Toby. I loved that the author wrote the story from both the viewpoint of the dog and that of the humans in his life. It gave a very well rounded view of the tale. This is a very emotionally heavy story. My heart just broke over and over again while I read this book because it is so incredibly sad. So many parts are heartbreaking that I don't recommend this as a light read. The reader should be armed with a box of tissues. Still...I loved the writing and searched for other books by the author. I was disappointed not to find any and will be looking for future releases.

  • Diana
    2019-04-06 21:52

    I love dogs, so it was a given I would enjoy this one. The book follows the story of Toby, a white puppy with a hard life in need of a loving home.This book is not for the gentle of heart as there is abuse to animals and alcoholism involved, but I think necessary this stories are told as they are real and can help people take better decisions about animals and their rightful treatment: with respect and love.If you like animals you will love this book. It's deliciously narrated, with POWs of different characters, dogs included, which I find gives the book a lot of deep and richness. A great read.

  • rachel
    2019-04-01 21:53

    Very sad but super good book.The reason chose the rating of five is because it seems so realife and really catches my attention and not a so called happy ending. I highly reccomend this book.🐕🐶🐺💚💚💚💚💚

  • Megan Verwey
    2019-03-24 00:35

    First and Foremost: Proceeds from this book go to no kill shelters and shelters that find forever homes for forever fur babies. That is AWESOME. If you’re an animal lover like me – You will LOVE this book. You will also cry.. so be warned. Happy tears, Sad Tears, you’ll feel joy you’ll feel pain. But for extreme animal lovers like me that couldn’t live withouth their fur babies, that’s a normal day. G.A. Whitmore tells the tale of Toby, a white German Shepard stuggling to find a forever home. This is based on a true story of her rescue dog – Also AWESOME. Having a long history of rescue animals myself, it hits home. Reading a book from the perspective of the animal was a new twist for me – it’s kind of cool to get in the mind of a dog. Everyone always wishes they knew what a dog was thinking – this book tells the dogs story from the dogs eyes incredibly. Even though the book seems intended for middle school aged readers – I enjoyed the easy and fast read it allowed for. Great night cap and morning start book. Character development could use a little work – and you can’t have too heavy of a heart when reading about abuse and abandonment and the hardships a shelter or rescue dog endures before finding their true HOME – but if you can be a realist, understand that the bad stuff happens, and we can be the ones to make it better – you can finish this book with a smile knowing YOU can and/or maybe already have saved a life like Toby’s. If you love dogs, you loved Marley and Me, you loved Max – Read Toby’s Tale.

  • Enchantressdebbicat ☮
    2019-03-28 03:57

    Loved it! Accolades to the author for making this based on a true story of her own rescue dog from a shelter and writing it to help raise awareness for shelter dogs. Certainly needed. That was, in part, why I was attracted to this book. I have a few rescues myself. I am kinda partial to white dogs as well. My own little rescue girl, Bella, is a white dog too. I enjoyed this story and highly recommend it to animal lovers.

  • M.C.
    2019-04-14 22:57

    A Place to Call Home: Toby's Tale is a heartstrings-pulling odyssey that gives homage to one dog's resilience and the blessings he found at the end of his journey. This is the first in G.A. Whitmore's series of YA books called The Rescue Dog Tales, and Toby's bittersweet story bodes well for the rest of the series. Pet lovers, animal lovers, and readers who love a heartwarming story will enjoy Toby's Tale. Toby and Tara are the only two white German Shepherd pups in the litter, and are their mother Missy's favorites. Having already lost children when her owner sold off all the puppies from her first brood, Missy found great comfort in caring for her new litter and doting especially on Tara and Toby. To them Missy tells the story of their grandmother Sadie, whose wanderings around another farm helped her meet their grandfather Strider, a white wolf. Toby and Tara stayed a long time in the farm with Missy even when their other siblings were sold. They loved the farmer's son Michael and the farmhand Walt, and loved playing with a piglet named Rudy, a kitten named Shelby, and their favorite playmate, a young goat named Elsa. Their idyllic life is about to change however: Mr. Bailey, the farmer and German Shepherd breeder who owns Missy, takes great pride in the quality of German Shepherds he breeds, and he sees white German Shepherds as a stain on his reputation. Soon Tara and Toby find themselves in a cardboard box, riding with the farmhand Walt, who had instructions from Mr. Bailey to kill the two pups! Luckily Walt also got instructions from Mrs. Bailey, who was fond of Missy, to take the two pups to a friend of hers who will help find better homes for them. Things go awry however when Walt has to temporarily hide the box with the pups near a dumpster because Mr. Bailey turns up unexpectedly. When Walt finally gets back to the dumpster, the box and the pups are gone! Thus began Tara and Toby's journey: filled with well-meaning people who want to love and care for them, yet fraught with danger from humans who would callously harm young defenseless puppies. Tara and Toby have already lost their siblings and their mom: would they lose each other too? This is a hard life in the eyes of an innocent puppy who could barely make sense of the impact human whims have on his well-being. The changes in perspective from animal to human explain to readers like me the complexity of the human lives the puppies encounter, as well as emphasize how irrelevant the puppies become when human passions and priorities become ascendant. Coming of age milestones for Toby arrive without warning and are so impersonal to the point of being brutal, that it breaks my heart to think of a defenseless innocent bearing up against it. Toby's point of view is what helps draw in the YA audience: despite my understanding of how dangerous or unfair his predicament is, the innocence of his point of view helps diffuse the sting of just how rough things are going for him. It also prompts me to keep turning pages because my commitment to Toby's character compels me to find out if he has a fighting chance at a good life, and I quickly keep reading because I fervently hope to see him rewarded for soldiering on. A Place to Call Home: Toby's Tale had me rooting so hard for Toby! I believe the young minds who meet him will also be drawn in and read through the story quickly, hoping to rejoice with Toby soon. I have mentioned this is the first of The Rescue Dog Tales series, and am hoping to meet more characters like Toby and hear more heartwarming tales.

  • Storywraps
    2019-04-09 02:35

    I truly loved this book. I could not stop reading it and several times it brought tears to my eyes. "A Place to Call Home" is the moving story of a rescue dog and his search for a family that truly loves him unconditionally. Toby, a German shepherd puppy, starts out in an obscure little farm in California with his mother and siblings. His life is happy until one day he and his sister Tara are taken away because their fur is pure white and the owner thinks they are of no value and cannot be homed. The man does not want to keep them, so rather than being stuck with the two he decides it best that they be discarded. The two wee puppies are put into a box and taken off to be eliminated or so the breeder thinks. Kudos to his kind wife and an understanding, tender-hearted farmhand who devise a safe escape plan for them. Through a series of events Toby finds himself a home which he thinks will be his forever home. The family who adopts him turns out to be less than loving and Toby finds himself being abused by the drunken adult male who lives there. Frightened for his life he's on the move once again not knowing where he will end up. He is full of fear, sorrow, and misgivings and unable to heal or rescue himself. Toby's struggles to come to terms with his life: his deep-seated grief at the loss of his sister (unfortunately she died), his inability to trust humans because he may be hurt or abuse by them again, his fear of never finding a family or home where he feels protected and cherished and even if he can trust the animals that he encounters along his journey. Love is a powerful motivator and healer. Luckily Toby is encouraged to open up his heart and to love once again and in so doing his life is changed for ever. This heartwarming and inspiring story will have you engaged from the very first paragraph. It is based on a true story. The author herself rescued an abused dog from the Connecticut Humane Society and brought the dog home to be cared for and loved. This compelling story is perfect for young adult readers and especially for dog lovers no matter what their age. I highly, highly recommend this book and so look forward to the next one in the series.

  • Billy Buttons
    2019-04-07 05:54

    This book was read and commented on by a reader at The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what she thought:FEEDBACKAuthor: G A WhitmoreTitle: A Place To Call HomeCOVER: 9/10The cover is very well put together and, subsequently, works well. It is genre-appropriate and the lettering (both colour and font) is easy to read. I particularly liked the fact the boy’s t-shirt is red; it draws the eye to him and the dog he is walking with. Oddly, it was only after I had looked at the cover for a second time did I notice that the background is also the boy and the dog, but faded. Very clever.CONTENT 9/10The story starts with a very powerful but sad opening, pulling the young readers into the story. The central character, Toby (a dog) is sweet and easy to root for as he attempts to find a loving home. The plot is interesting with lots of twists and turns and, I think, would be very much enjoyed by children 8 – 12, particularly animal and dog lovers.The author works hard to put across the feelings of the animals in the story; this seems to work well although most of the feelings and thoughts the dogs have felt ‘very human’ to me. Not a bad thing; just the way it read.This is very much a family book; the sort of book you could read to you 10 year old at bedtime. It is often very sad but I think any child and parent reading it will be rewarded when they get to the satisfying ending.EDITING 10/10This book is very well edited. I discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. Also, the pacing is excellent and the plot well structured.STYLE 10/10The style of writing is very good and perfect for a book of this nature. It is not over-flowery or feel rushed and the author works competently with description and also with speech. The result is a very accessible text for children to enjoy.TO SUM UP 38/40‘A compelling and inspiring story. Highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards

  • Regina Foo (Queen of Bibliophile)
    2019-04-05 01:52

    A Place to Call Home is a heartwarming tale of a white Shepherd German in search of its forever home. I love the switching between Toby's narration and in 3rd person POV, it made me enjoyed the book better.Toby's tale is a great educational tool to teach children the love of animals. I particularly love the messages delivered in the book:1) Please opt for adoption. There are hundreds and even thousands of homeless pets sheltered at the animal rescue center, waiting for their forever home. Some might not be lucky to have one before their lives meet the ends.2) Make sure you have the environment for them. Is your home safe for your pet? Are your family members and neighbors aware of you getting the new pet? Will there anyone who might cause danger to the animal?3) Are you ready for a new pet? Most importantly, are you ready to take up the responsibility for the animal? They're not toys that you can abandon when you don't need them. Their lives are basically solely relying on us.I adored the way the animals talk to each other. The writer portrayed them not as dumb animals but animals with love, happiness, fear and all sorts of feelings. The dialogues of the animals are fun to read too. Their interaction reminds me of some of the animal-themed CG movies which is funny.Some part of the story (especially the last part) is actually based on what the author learnt about Toby. It pained me when I read the abusing part but I was glad that in the end Toby finally found his forever home.Highly recommended to animal lovers and parents who want their children to appreciate the life of a pet and an animal.Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of my honest review.This review is originally posted on my blog:

  • Donna
    2019-03-22 02:49

    This story is a Rescue Dog story. Toby has a tale to tell of his journey from California to Connecticut and his little life's emotional ups and downs for a puppy.Toby was born on a farm in California. His mother was a German Shepherd and was bred for her puppies to sell and make money for the farmer. Only thing was that Toby was all white and that's unusual for a German Shepherd. His sister, Tara, smaller than Toby was also white. The farmer was upset over this because he couldn't sell them. The mother of the pups, Missy, had wandered off one day into the woods and met a white wolf named Strider. So the story goes and danger is lurking now for Toby and Tara. The farmer has his hired hand to take them to the river and drown them. The hired hand is compassionate and just cannot foresee doing such a deed. As he goes into town on errands, he and the farmer's wife had decided he would take the pups to the animal shelter and hope they were adopted. On the way, however, the farmer had followed him as he forgot to mention to buy feed. At a gas station, the hired hand saw the farmer and took the pups and placed them near a garbage bin. He had to leave them behind when the farmer stopped at the station for gas too. A husband and wife traveling on vacation pulled into the station and happened upon the pups in the covered box. Off the pups went with the two of them to find them a good home.Toby and Tara have much to deal with not knowing what will happen to them. Where are they going? Will it be okay there?Follow Toby on his journey to find a good home and a loving family. What happens to Tara?This book I had won through the Goodread Giveaway. It is a great book for the entire family. Enjoy.

  • Allie Sumner
    2019-04-15 21:44

    Whitmore has written one of my favorite kinds of narratives with “A Place To Call Home”. Reading from the perspective of an animal (especially mixed with human narratives) has always been something that fascinates me.I think part of what makes this book so great is that Whitmore pours her love of animals into every page. I think these are some of the most developed animal characters I’ve met that weren’t in a fantasy novel. Toby’s tale is a tough one to follow but very realistic. Humanity, for the most part, looks at animals as stupid. Which really is a shame since there is scientific evidence to prove their intelligence. For people who deeply love their animal companions, the idea of them being intelligent has always been a no brainer.Toby’s tale is an emotional and thought provoking journey to find a forever home. However, it is so much more than just a story. It bring to light various issues that dogs face at the hands of human beings. This story spotlights the trials that humanity puts on anything or anyone that is deemed inferior.As a dog mom, there was a lot of things that happened in this book that made me angry. I hope that this story elicits a similar response in society. Angry people make changes. Dogs and other animals have very positive effects on human lives. I hope that in the future humanity has more of a positive effect on them than we have had in the past.To see my full review of this title and many others, check out my blog AlliesOpinions on wordpress!

  • Jeff Bauer
    2019-04-19 22:55

    G. A. Whitmore has spun a dog tale so sweet and spellbinding that you'll want to give your favorite pet a hug after reading this wonderful book. Or maybe go out and adopt a shelter dog that you know, when you first look at the little guy in a kennel, is the one for you. Or perhaps volunteer at a local shelter, Humane Society or other non-profit animal rescue organization. It's that inspiring.The pace of the book is lively, easy to read and you'll find yourself wanting to follow the interwoven human and animal stories equally. The author creates a secret and sometimes spiritual world of dogs right alongside our typical human one, where people behave both good and bad. A world where the four-legged creatures communicate easily with one another, right under our not-as-adept noses.The plot structure is done so well and the build up towards the end so dramatic that the biggest problem I had was keeping my eyes clear from brimming tears in the last few chapters. It makes you want to go find Toby in real life and give him a solid, loving home that is free from pain and turmoil -- or at least a tasty treatie.A huge wag of the tail and bark of pure joy for this book. I loved this treat and want more. Woof.

  • Maryann Huber
    2019-04-19 01:58

    Toby's tale tells you the story of a Shepherd/Wolf mix pup who starts out with his mother and siblings on the farm where they are born. Tara and Toby have a history and a parentage that they can be proud of. When they are taken from their mother and tossed into a strange world together they plan to stick it out. Unfortunately Toby finds that he must travel alone on his journey.This book will not only bring you tears, but you will find joy in the bond of family. Even though Toby has never met his grandfather Strider and his grandmother Sadie they are with him on his journey.The spiritual undertones that are within the story are uplifting. You get the impression that this author "gets it" that although we travel this life we are connected one to the other and the choices we make matter.I recommend that you take a chance and get this book, read it you shall not be disappointed. Oh an added bonus to purchasing this book is a portion of the precedes from the sale of each book will be donated to either the Humane Society of the United States or an organization of the author's choice that advocate for the protection and welfare of dogs.Toby was a rescue dog whom the author shared love with this is for him.

  • Katie Simmons
    2019-03-24 03:49

    A heart wrenching story about a dog named Toby trying to find a forever home. First born on a farm with his mother and sister, but since the farmer was prejudiced against white German Shepards, was sentenced to death. He and his sister think they have been saved by a lovely couple, but then given to another family. Toby learns to love again after losing his sister and dealing with abuse. He is also sure that he will never find a loving home, even after talking to the animals that live nearby and befriending them. The author lets us know at the end that Toby's story is based on real events, which makes it even more sorrowful, but yet happy when he learns to love and be loved. This book would be great for upper middle school or high school students, or any adult, but those that are highly sensitive may want to avoid reading. I see this book as a way to help others learn to love again after grief and abuse, but also that an animal from a shelter can fill your house with love the same way as a breeder-bought animal. This book was given to me by NetGalley and Outskirts Press in exchange of an honest review. Thank you G.A. Whitmore for writing an amazing book!

  • Kiera
    2019-04-08 00:34

    A Place To Call Home: Toby's Tale, is a unique story about a rescue dog. What makes it unique is the fact that it's told through the dog's eyes. As I read the book, it felt like I was sitting down, having an actual conversation with Toby, getting a chance to know him, and listening to his life story. Man, does he have a story to tell!As a dog lover, this book truly warmed my heart; I cried at the sad parts, which were heartwrenching. Ms. Whitmore has combined two of my favorite topics of conversations, books and dogs. Toby will worm his loveable personality into your heart, and give you the warm fuzzies. Although this book was written for "middle grades", it was very entertaining, and not limited by the target audience. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There were a couple parts where I had to set the book down for a minute, cry, and come back to it. The book is well written, flows easily, and is easy to follow. Toby spins his tale colorfully, and you find yourself rooting for him to find a forever home. I wanted to reach into the book, and bring him home with me; he quickly made me fall in love with him.I would recommend this book to readers young and old alike.

  • Julie
    2019-03-21 00:34

    If only our rescued pets could tell us about their journeys to get to us. This story explores Toby's journey to his forever home from his point of view. Along the way, he encounters a person who only values animals as commodities, loving children and adults, a stressed alcoholic who is cruel when drunk, as well as generous and sympathetic people who are stations on the way to his final destination. The author humanizes Toby, treating him as intelligent as well as having feelings and able to learn from his experiences, both good and bad. I believe that dogs are intelligent and have feelings, so I enjoyed the book, and it held my attention from beginning to end. I did feel that it was more of a teen/young adult story - the writing was somewhat simplistic. I was left wondering how things ended with Justin's family - as this story developed, it appeared that they needed rescuing too. However, Toby could not have known this, and it is his story. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Connie Anderson
    2019-04-17 05:45

    This book starts with stigmas that German Shepherds with pure white coats are a genetic mutation and impurity in that "family". A farmer tells his farm hand to shoot or drown the two white pups he has. The farm hand hides them near a dumpster when he sees the boss at a gas station. A young couple rescues them then events keep happening from there.I wept a lot while reading this book. It is about animal cruelty and abuse. These things really traumatize the pet badly. People who abuse animals should be treated to the same laws as if the abuse were done to humans. Animals don't have a voice. Family members of the abusers stand by and let it happen, often times. I would have said this shouldn't be read to children; and I still believe that as a bedtime story. But, they should learn of animal abuse so that it can be stopped.Thank you G. A. Whitmore, Independent Book Publishers Association Members Titles, and NetGalley for giving me a free ARC copy of this book so that I can read it and give my honest review.

  • Randi Robinson
    2019-04-17 05:49

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and oh my gosh I am so glad I read it! It's supposed to be a young adult book but this senior citizen certainly enjoyed it. I am a crazy dog lady with 4 rescued dogs plus I foster others. This story is based on the author's (a former cat lady) first dog, an abused white shepherd. It is told from the dog's point of view. I love books that tell us what the dog is thinking. I know, how do we know, we make them much too human, etc,etc. That's what crazy dog ladies do, so I love the technique. I could relate to this book because I have worked with several abused dogs. The book isn't all one big warm fuzzy. The author deals with some tough topics for younger readers and does so very well. It is easy to empathize with some characters and despise others. I fell in love with Toby at once and suffered and celebrated with him throughout the book. I look forward to reading Gail Whitmore's next book. And remember--don't shop for a dog. Adopt!

  • Sharon
    2019-03-21 22:31

    To be honest, I had trouble starting this book and trouble staying with it for awhile. Oh, not because the writing isn't good (it's great, in fact), or that the storyline was boring (it was anything but boring). It was just that I was sort of dreading reading about what Toby would have to go through before he found his forever home. I needn't have worried. Ms. Whitmore handled all the sadness, pain, loneliness with a deft, gentle hand. The conversations amongst the animals were quite entertaining. I was also very pleased that there was no graphic violence -- I couldn't have handled that. The editing was quite good, with only two or three tiny mistakes. Ms. Whitmore's compassion and love for animals shine through her writing. We surely need more people like her in the world. The only sad note was the dog Barkley who still hadn't found a home by the time the book ended. My heart broke for Barkley. I do hope Ms. Whitmore writes more dog/animal rescue books in the future, and I look forward to reading them as well. I received this book as an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Melissa
    2019-03-27 05:50

    I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Ever since I read the book Marley and Me, I have been looking for books that are about animals, or told from the animals point of view. Especially dogs, since I am a huge dog lover. And I am a big sap when it comes to animals, especially rescue animals. It follows the story of Toby, a white German Shepard/wold mix, as he travels through series of homes trying to find his forever home. I loved this book. But be forewarned, have the tissues ready. Because if you are anything like me, you will be a sobbing mess by the end of it. Animals have always had a soft spot in my heart. This book has an easy flow to it. Don't be concerned about the fact that it's aimed at middle school kids. It's still a book for all readers who love animals. From my understanding, this is the first in a series of books about rescue animals. If that's the truth, I look forward to reading the rest of the series.