This is a heartwarming story about a little boy who longs for a dog of his own and an elderly man who is forced to give up his beloved pet. Johnny moves from the desert of West Texas to the West Coast and has to leave behind dear friends and his only pet a horned toad. Johnny is heartbroken and wonders if he will ever get to see his friends again. Just up the road from where Johnny is now living, he discovers a scary looking dilapidated old house. There he finds an elderly, grumpy man who has a dog named Trouble. The man tries to scare Johnny away, but Johnny does not scare easily. Later, Johnny goes back to visit the elderly man and realizes that something is very wrong. The man's dog is straining against its chain and barking wildly at the house. When Johnny knocks on the door there is no answer. Without Johnny's quick thinking, Mr. Thornton would have certainly died. Johnny takes on the responsibility of caring for Mr. Thornton's dog. In the course of caring for the dog, Johnny finds that the dog is a great hunter. Johnny tells Mr. Thornton about all of the adventures that Johnny and the dog goes on, when he visits him at the hospital. Mr. Thornton realizes that the quality of Trouble's life has become greatly enhanced since Johnny has started to care for him. Trouble becomes very fond of Johnny even though he misses his owner. Every time Johnny has to leave Trouble for the night, Trouble whimpers and Johnny feels terrible that he has to leave him all alone, because he knows that the dog is lonely. Mr. Thornton is sent to a care home and realizes that he may never get to return to his own home or Trouble again. Mr. Thornton knows that Johnny is the best person for his beloved dog. But the problem is that Johnny and his mother live in a cabin at the lodge and it is highly unlikely that the owner of the lodge will allow a dog to be kept on the premises. Mr. Thornton devises a plan to make sure that Johnny can have the dog, but he is unsure that it will work. In the woods Johnny finds a bunch of new friends, who show him where an awesome secret beach is. They also teach him what to use to make a sled to ride down grassy hills. From them he also finds out that skunks love marshmallows. Together, he and his friends explore lush landscapes where berries grow wild and are guarded by gluttonous blue jays. And streams are filled with Steelhead trout that have grown huge in their aquatic world. This book is about friendships and difficult discussions. It is also about family and how hard it is to move away from dear friends. Most of this story is set on the West Coast in the beautiful fishing village of Fort Bragg, California. Step into Johnny's world and follow him on his adventures where the wildlife and scenery comes vividly alive. This story is packed with action and drama, but most of all, it about people caring about and for one another. This story is the collection of books 1-4 in Johnny's Adventure series.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.75mm | 476.27g
- 19 Jun 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white