Bella the Shih Tzu is in the throes of her great escape, searching for the loving home she’s always wanted. She hears someone cry out that there’s a dog in the street! Bella immediately puts her escape on hold and springs into action as she frantically tries to save the dog…but she can’t find him. What will Bella do???
The Bella Chronicles: The Adventure Begins brings to life the journey of an extraordinarily smart, wonderful, and special dog named Bella as she wills her way to find a home full of love and warmth – and food! Told from Bella’s perspective, The Bella Chronicles is a warm and loving piece of literature that pet lovers’ and children alike have been awaiting…
The Bella Chronicles: The Adventure Begins is the first in a heartwarming, humorous, insightful and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who have always wondered just what it is that their little pets are thinking.
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more to come!
Bella is a dog, clearly, and while we are never really told where she came from, one can guess without having to share the details that I am sure no child needs to hear.
Bella is taken in by someone knew and provided quite the life with her new person. She meets new animals at her new home as well as new people.
It is super fun to follow Bella around, hear her thoughts, meet her friends, and get involved in the life of a dog via the dog.
The book isn’t just following Bella. It includes a little action involving a dog-napping, but nothing that I would worry about kids reading – it stays very G-rated.
While I enjoyed the book and am sure any pet lover would; I would definitely recommend this for girls, ages 7-8ish to age 10, maybe.
It is definitely a book I can see my 9 year old reading and enjoying.
About the Author:
Erica Leigh Austin was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Pacific Palisades. Both of her parents – all three of them, actually – were teachers and Erica was blessed to have grown up in an artistic, intellectual home. Her summers were filled with club volleyball and serving as big sister and role model for her younger sister, Jenny. Erica attended the University of Michigan, where she studied English and starred on the Wolverines’ Women’s Volleyball team. After college, she returned home to obtain her MBA from Loyola Marymount University. While studying at Loyola, Erica worked at the iconic Gladstone’s Seafood Restaurant “where Sunset meets the PCH.” Erica’s studies then took her abroad to France. There she immersed herself in the art and culture of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan locales.
Currently a highly accomplished professional in healthcare IT, Erica lives happily in the Venice Beach area. She enjoys yoga, spending time with family and friends, and pushing Bella the Shih Tzu around in her stroller (Bella is too lazy to walk more than 20 feet).
She is pleased to introduce you to her dog, Bella the Shih Tzu, in this first installment of The Bella Chronicles. Learn more about Erica at www.ericaleighaustin.com.
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The author is giving away 5 copies of The Bella Chronicles – signed by both the author & Bella!
US only, ends 3/23/15