The other day I opened, with a sense of anticipation, a new book by Patricia MacLachlan. This novel has been waiting its turn for a number of weeks–so, when I completed two of the numerous books I’ve been reading simultaneously, I decided to treat myself. Everything this author writes is sheer magic. Suffice it to say that, despite all the other duties clamoring for my attention, I completed it today–and felt a little teary-eyed as I read the last pages. (One would think it’s the first story I’ve read that tugs at the heartstrings!) The tale of Jake, his grandfather, and a special dog named Lucy is one worthy of a great author. Go out and read it for yourself. Then give it to a kid in your life.