Trouper is a novel in verse told by a three legged dog who wanders the streets with other homeless dogs looking for food wherever they can find it. One day, a man lures them into his truck with a huge steak and takes them to a shelter. Trouper watches as each of his friends is adopted, finally, he is the only one left. His heart is a cold heartless night until a young boy comes to the shelter and takes Trouper home. The last page should bring a tear to your eye.
Based on the real story of her own rescue dog, Trouper, Meg Kearney wrote a poem about the life she imagined he had before she adopted him. Caldecott Honor medalist, E. B. Lewis used the real Trouper as the model for his paintings
Meg Kearney did a video on You Tube about the real Trouper. The book was published at the end of October, so it is not yet at the Sonoma County or Yulupa libraries, but it is available from Scholastic.