The Art of Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog
Author: Garth Stein
Grade(s): 6; 7
Enzo, the lovable dog who tells this story, knows he is different from other dogs. Other dogs like to chase cars. Enzo loves to race them! He’s learned about racing from watching TV and listening in on the conversations between his human friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race-car driver, and Denny’s daughter, Zoë. But as he listens, Enzo learns that, like racing, life isn’t just about going fast.
Applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family’s challenges and, holding in his heart the dream that Denny and his daughter will go on to racing fame, he emerges as one of the most lovable and inspiring narrators in children’s fiction.