Good Boy, Achilles!
September 26, 2016
Good Boy, Achilles!, a work of 128 pages, is based on the idea that, because we human beings are flawed and fouled-up, God has given dogs the task of helping us along. The story opens on a small farm somewhere in the Southeast, where a boy named Jeremy discovers that his family’s dog, Ginger, has finally given birth to her long-awaited puppies. Ginger explains to her puppies that they must leave the farm for new homes where they will take care of their own humans, for that is the Father’s plan. Jeremy’s parents tell him that the family can afford only one dog, Ginger, and will have to give the puppies away. As the story progresses, however, Jeremy and his favorite puppy, Thunder, or, as Jeremy calls him, Achilles, become best friends, and Thunder comes to believe that he will remain on the farm as Jeremy’s dog. Will he? On the way to finding out, he and Jeremy learn some basic Christian theology and some important life lessons.
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"Good Boy, Achilles!" is the heart-warming story of a boy and his favorite puppy. Ginger, the family dog, has a litter of puppies, Though Jeremy's parents have warned him that all the puppies must be given away, he comes to adore the largest of the pups. When the puppy is finally goes to a new home, Jeremy is determined to get him back.
In his fiction debut, Ellis presents a moving story in clean, careful prose. Parents will appreciate a story that portrays a healthy, loving family. "Kirkus Reviews" described the book as "inspirational for Christians, moving for dog lovers, and perfect for readers who are both."