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W. Bruce Cameron is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author, columnist, and screenwriter. Cameron is most famous for his novel A Dog's Purpose, which spent 63 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The book is the basis for the movie version starring Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, and Pooch Hall. A Dog's Purpose is followed by a sequel called A Dog's Journey, which W. Bruce Cameron, along with Cathryn Michon, adapted into a film of the same name. His books have been translated into over 60 languages.


Ellie's Story: A Novel for Children


A Dog’s Purpose has been enjoyed by children of all ages, and has been adapted for classroom use (see below).

To make the exciting story of Ellie, the search and rescue dog in A Dog’s Purpose, more accessible to elementary school readers, author Cameron now offers Ellie’s Story, the story of a very good dog.

Ellie is a little puppy when she is adopted by Jacob, a K-9 police officer who trains her in search and rescue. She learns words like “work,” which means to “find” lost or injured people and “show” Jakob where these people are. But Jakob has a troubled past and is emotionally detached from his new dog, something Ellie can sense. Together they find and save people, and Ellie takes comfort from the work she is doing.

When Jakob is hurt in the line of duty, Ellie goes to live and work with Maya, a woman who isn’t sure she can fulfill the physical component of her new job of handling Ellie. Maya’s struggles contrast with a new element in Ellie’s life—Maya is full of love for Ellie, and brings the dog into her family. A family which, to Ellie’s disgust, contains three cats.

This is an exciting story for children with a character they will love. In the end, Maya and Ellie meet up with Jakob, who has married and now has an open and caring heart, and Ellie is happy and at peace with her life.


"Ellie's Story" Teaching Guide

Ellie's Story Study Guide
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"Ellie's Story" Activity Kit

Mazes, word scrambles, coloring and other fun activities to make reading along with "Ellie's Story" even more engaging for young readers. Download the kit here, free.

Ellie's Story Activity Kit
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Ellie Radel
Ellie Radel
Apr 27, 2023

what kind of dog is cammy

May 02, 2023
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German Shepard


Dec 08, 2022

Kiera Williamson
Kiera Williamson
Jan 04, 2023
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There so cute!

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