I fell in love with Atticus Maxwell Finch within the first pages of meeting him. Atticus' unique personality, will-power, and relationship with his two-legged companion Tom pulled me into their incredible story. Any dog-lover will appreciate the unique bond between Tom and Atticus and support them as they put their lives on the line to benefit humans and animals alike on the White Mountains during the challenging winter climbing season. Ryan does a spectacular job of relaying their triumphs, shortcomings, and trials, as well as the unlikely duo's unyielding perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds. This is unlike any dog book I've ever read, and it is for this reason I highly recommend this heartwarming tale of Tom and Atticus. — Jess Hanlon
— William Morrow
“Reader, beware! This is not just another dog book! When Tom Ryan welcomed Atticus M. Finch, a miniature schnauzer, into his life, little did he know what courage, pluck, and unwavering love he would get in the bargain. This is a beautifully written book about the very special bond between a man and his dog, an amazing quest, and the mountains that healed them.”
— Barbara Drake, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH
Set against the backdrop of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, a man and a dog embark on the challenge of a lifetime in this true story of love, loss, and the resilience of the human and animal spirit.
After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.
Following Atticus is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world’s beauty and its possibilities.
Tom Ryan served as publisher and editor of the Newburyport, Massachusetts, newspaper The Undertoad for more than a decade. In 2007 he sold the newspaper and moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire with miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch. Over the last five years, Tom and Atticus have climbed more than 450 four-thousand-foot peaks.