Book Review: Second Chance

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Ryan is a young boy with autism who spent his life shunted from foster home to foster home. People don’t understand why he won’t look them in the eye. They don’t understand why he makes odd flapping motions with his arms and chews on his sleeve.

Chance is a shelter dog, a mixed breed whom nobody wants because he’s part Rottweiler and part German Sheppard. The people at the shelter say he’s ‘mouthy.’

The future doesn’t look especially bright for either of them until ‘Mom’ comes along and adopts both of them, giving them a chance for a happy, secure life.

I wanted to review this book because of my own grandson who has autism and because my heart bleeds for neglected, homeless animals. All of our animals are throwaways. (Three cats and a dog which is part German Sheppard like Chance.) I thought the book was well done as it shows how even those in need of a second chance can thrive in an atmosphere of love and permanency. It also shows the symbiotic relationship between a boy and his dog. The book won a PBS Recommended Title award.

Author Sandra Gerencher is well qualified to write the story because she’s telling the story of her own family. Sandra adopted both Ryan (whose real name is Terry) and Chance. The photos in the book are those of Sandra’s real life family. I especially liked the dedication of the book which reads:

I dedicate this book to my son Terry
The light of my life and my second chance.
And to anyone who has ever adopted a child or a shelter dog
and the ones who made my dream come true.
God bless you all.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to Book Review: Second Chance

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I always appreciate true-life stories. I can see why it would be a PBS Recommended Read. Thanks for sharing it!


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Our wonderful Maine Coon cat, King Sipper — who dominated our household for some 16 years — was a rescue from a pet pound.
    Bojangles, our current mutt, was apparently dropped off by a passing motorist on a cold January night.
    Our daughter adopted a boxer — which they appropriate named Tyson — who just appeared on the hillside one day.
    Abandoned and adopted animals sometimes make the best pets.

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  3. Oh, my goodness, even the dedication made me tear-up! All of my pets have been ‘rescued’; I cannot bear the lack of consideration and heartlessness of people who abuse or abandon animals. And children. So many children are neglected and uncared-for, it is all so terrible.
    God bless her and all families.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I don’t understand heartlessness toward animals or children either.


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