Weaving reality with the fantastic and offering a wonderful, insightful look into a young boy's life, Paterson shows Josh and the fact that he has a number of problems in his life. He has to move to Vermont with his mother, a new stepfather, and a new baby brother. In addition, Josh has to cope with a bully at his new school. Josh's dog Manch (who has the amazing ability to speak) has a similar problem and together they discover the ability to deal with their bully difficulties. — Jeanette
Since moving to Vermont, Josh's life has been a series of new problems. One day he follows his dog, Manch, into a snowy field and gets the surprise of a lifetime--Manch can talk!
Taut and suspenseful, Newbery Medel-winning author Katherine Paterson's exciting chapters are interspersed with Emily Arnold McCully's accomplished pen and ink drawings.
Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.
Emily Arnold McCully has illustrated more than a hundred books for children, including her own First Snow and Arnold Adoff's Black Is Brown Is Tan. She won the Caldecott Medal for her book Mirette On the High Wire.