Running with Roselle, by Michael Hingson with Jeanette Hanscome, was written to retell the New York Times bestselling book, Thunder Dog,  for children. It begins from the puppy’s point of view, and then goes to the boy’s point of view, alternating between Roselle and Michael as they grow up, meet and become a team. Michael and Roselle walked down 78 flights of stairs to escape the burning World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

This book helps educate readers on how guide dogs are raised and trained. As a puppy, Roselle liked to hide slippers, but when she put on her training vest, her focus shifted from play to work. Readers gain perspective on the challenges of growing up blind in a sighted world. As a boy, Mike rode his bike around town, shocking neighbors.

Together, with humor, perseverance and hope, the team of Mike and Roselle braved the dangers of a dark day in American history. There is a beautiful picture of the two of them on the book’s back cover.

Running with Roselle (Roselle’s Dream Foundation, 2013) is recommended for ages eight and up. For independent reading, I would consider it a middle-grade book, because of the length and complexity of the story and two sad events: the terrorist attack involving four airplanes, and, in the “Extras” section, the death of Roselle. If parents or grandparents wish to share this story with younger children, it might be a good idea to read the book to them. That way the adult can answer any questions that come up, and summarize or skip sections that could be confusing or frightening to a young child.

The book is 264 pages long, and is available online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Michael Hingson Group.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

Mrs. Fujimoto has a collection of short stories, 9 Slightly Strange Stories with an Uplifting Edge, available as an e-reader at Amazon. Find our review under “N” in the alphabetical listing: Titles We’ve Reviewed.

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