Born to Run

Born to Run

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 02/06/2008
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Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound’s journey through life – and from owner to owner…

“The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning.”

When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he can’t bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldn’t he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep – only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face!

Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and that’s what he becomes. Patrick’s favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainer’s step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he can’t run any more?

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007230594
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 210g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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Born to Run
Born to Run
I loved this moving and exciting book!it made me cry at times when I found out that when greyhounds got old and couldnt run as fast any more they were shot... READ MORE
Caoimhe Daly
Born to Run
Born to Run
This book is a bit of a drag at the start.It is a sad story and it is funny it is a hard book to put down and it feels real. Age 10
Ellie Ball
Born to Run
Born to Run
A touching story about a greyhounds up and downs in life. It is written simply but the story line is really good and aimed at kids 8-11 years of age.
Born to Run
Born to Run
Great book! One of my top fave books! It was sad when you found out about the greyhounds getting killed and covered in dirt, and I have to admit I was near... READ MORE
David Martin
Born to Run
Born to Run
I loved this book because Best Mate is with 3 different owners. I cried at the end because I wanted him to go back with his first owner. This is the firs... READ MORE
Nina Collins
Born to Run
A book packed with resilience from a hound!!!!!
It’s full of emotion and joy.Plus, it has an amazingly faithful hound as the main character.
Abdul Eshku