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The Winner's Walk
by Nancy Ruth Patterson
Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Case Callahan dreams of someday being a winner like everyone else in his family. Will he win the talent show? Will his science fair project on the heart come out on top? Could he finally win a horse show?

Right after an accident brings him to a new low, a four-legged angel shows up in a most peculiar place and gives him new hope. This dog is amazing! Is there anything he can't do? Might he actually win the dog show?

A sudden turn in events teaches Case Callahan that the highest form of winning doesn't come in applause and blue ribbons but in sacrifice and a compassionate heart.

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