A collie undertakes a thousand-mile journey in order to once again meet her former master at the school gate. Lassie is Joe's prize collie and constant companion. But when Joe's father loses his job, Lassie must be sold. Three times she escapes from her new owner, and three times she returns home to Joe, until finally she is taken to the remotest part of Scotland -- too far a journey for any dog to make alone. But Lassie is not just any dog. - Publisher
Reissue of original edition
"Originally published in the United States by Henry Holt and Company, LLC. First Square Fish edition: September 2007." - T.p. verso
"Copyright renewed 1968" - t.p. verso
Not for sale -- "I never want another dog" -- An evil-tempered old man -- Lassie comes home again -- "Don't come home any more" -- The hiding place on the moor -- Nothing left but honesty -- A captive in the highlands -- Freedom again at last -- A long journey's beginning -- The fight for existence -- What a painter saw -- When a dog is ailing -- For to kill the beasties -- A captive in the Lowlands -- "Donnell! Never trust a dog!" -- Lassie comes over the border -- The noblest gift : freedom -- On the road with Rowlie -- A gallant heart and a good-bye -- Journey's end -- Just like old times again
July 2, 2020 Subject:
So Beautiful & Amazing
5+ stars & 8/10 hearts. I’ve been wanting to read this for years, and now I finally did. I did not expect to get this emotionally involved, though I was sure it was a great story! Lassie’s story made me think of “The Incredible Journey,” but so much harder, more suspenseful, and more heart-tugging. I loved the Duke, and his relationship with his granddaughter. I loved Elnora and Michael. I loved Dan and Dally. I loved Lassie. I loved Ritchell. And oh, I loved the Carracloughs. <33 I loved Joe’s parents. They were so loving, so brave and strong, and so perfect for each other. I always loved Yorkshire and this made me fall even deeper in love with it and its people. <33 It’s hard to express what this story did to my heart, but it at times it broke my heart, and then it would just touch me so sweetly. The ending scene just... I can’t describe it beyond saying it melted me. Just so sweet and perfect and heartwarming. <33 And that, I think, describes this story.
A Favourite Quote: “To Joe Carraclough’s father, life was laid out in straight rules. When a man could get work, he worked his best and got the best wages he could. If he raised a dog, he raised the best one he could. If he had a wife and children, he took care of them the best he could…. In [his] mind, there were no devious exceptions and evasions concerning life and its codes. Like most simple men, he saw all these things clearly. Lying, cheating, stealing—they were all wrong, and you couldn’t make them right by twisting them round in your mind.
“So it was that, when he was faced with any problem, he so often brought it smack up against elemental truths. ‘Honest is honest, and there’s no two ways about it,’ he would say.”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “Sitting there beside his father in the dimness, he knew that his father was ‘making it easy for him.’ He knew that his father was protecting him from worries that grownups had. Suddenly Joe felt grateful to his father, who was big and string and who had followed him up to the moor to try to comfort him.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “…right beside Lassie, one of the forbidding doors opened, and a voice sounded…. ‘What’s going on out here? Do you realize there’s a court of Law sitting…’
“That was as far as he got. For at that moment a tawny figure streaked by him, almost upsetting him… His face twisted itself into an expression of horror and outraged dignity. He gave one glance of utter contempt to the two men with the net. Then he shut the door.
“…Then a somber voice spoke. ‘Do I understand that this is the surprise witness that the defense has promised?’
“… Lassie barked, once, shortly.
“The great man beamed. ‘I presume that is an answer in the affirmative. And I may add that this is the most intelligent witness I have had before me in twenty years, for it is the first one that can answer yes or no without equivocation.’”