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*A Kirkus Best Book of 2019.* "A moving tribute to shelter dogs, the humans who love them, and the wisdom of looking beyond outward appearances." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Hardcover
  • 36 pages
  • 10x8 inches (horizontal)
  • ISBN: 0999843044


A fun, rhyming story about acceptance and looking beyond outward appearances.  Follow the adventures of Sam, an older dog adopted from an animal shelter whose new family lives next door to an old car junkyard. Confused at first by all the junk, Sam quickly adapts and helps visitors find special parts and "treasures" and also becomes friends with a host of animals who've made the junkyard their forever home. See, treasures don't have to be snazzy and new. This scruffy, old second-chance dog proves it's true!

This sweet, unique story, written in verse with playful illustrations, will capture your heart as you share in Sam’s joy of finding friends, a purpose… and most importantly, love.

In addition to promoting recycling, SECOND-CHANCE SAM is a story about starting over and making new friends that children of all ages will cherish, as it gently reminds us to be thankful for what we have, not to judge a book by its cover, and that everyone deserves a second chance.

Perfect for ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Printed in the USA, this story advocates for the adoption of shelter dogs and the publisher supports animal rescue causes.


  • JoAnn Sky is an award-winning author and two-time Golden Heart® finalist who writes children’s stories as well as young adult and adult contemporary romance. She’s combined her love of books and dogs and her respect for the military in SANTA’S DOG. She hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she has enjoyed creating it. Originally from the Midwest, JoAnn currently lives in northern Nevada with her family and two crazy rescue dogs.

  • John Tatulli is an illustrator with an Associates degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He can wear many hats when it comes to his artwork, ranging from comic/cartoon work, inking, story boarding, and character development. His passion is creating emotionally striking illustrations and kid friendly artwork.

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