Acorn Press will release Orysia Dawydiak’s new book, Rika’s Shepherd this fall.
Rika is a happy, energetic girl in control of her life and her small flock of sheep. She’s been helping her father, Willem, run their farm and household, and has been campaigning to get a Border Collie pup. She wants to train the pup to bring in the dairy cattle and herd the sheep. But Rika’s orderly life unravels with the discovery of a deadly attack on her flock.
With the help of a young veterinarian and an eccentric protection dog breeder, Rika takes on more responsibilities. Then life becomes more complicated when her father develops a new relationship. As she struggles with the challenges of training a guardian pup, she makes a big mistake by exposing an older beloved dog to great danger.
An unexpected visit shakes up her world again and Rika begins to accept the changes she cannot control.
Orysia Dawydiak has been writing about animals as long as she can remember. She is particularly interested in their behaviour in the wild, as companions and as human helpmates. Orysia lives on a Prince Edward Island farm where she has raised Shetland sheep and Akbash Dogs for many years, and wrote an award-winning book on livestock protection dogs. She has also written fiction for children and young adults. Her middle grade fiction novel, Kira’s Secret was the first of a trilogy, followed by Kira’s Quest, and the third will be on the shelves in 2019. Her first novel, House of Bears, was published by Acorn. Visit her website at orysiadawydiak.com.
Orysia will launch Rika’s Shepherd at the Confederation Centre Library in Charlottetown on September 22 at 2 pm.