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It's a big world out there, and Copper the golden retriever finds himself navigating it alone - hungry, homeless, and afraid. Copper longs for love and a family to call his own. He's got a big heart, a love for people, and an even bigger love for adventure.

Follow Copper through the greatest experience of his life: hiking the 2,186-mile-long Appalachian Trail.

The novel is based on the true story of Copper, a 10-year-old adopted golden retriever who thru-hikes the trail with his best friend, David. Copper left a tremendous impact on all who crossed paths with him during his hike and an even bigger impact on the family who came to call him their own. The adventure wasn't always easy, but with each obstacle and triumph, their bond deepened. Northbounders celebrates unconditional love and selfless friendship.

Copper's tale has received rave reviews from ages eight to 93; people have requested a sequel and called for Copper's story to be given movie rights. The novel is also being used in elementary, middle, and high schools to teach history, geography, math, and language arts, as well as the character traits of friendship, loyalty, courage, and perseverance. Northbounders is a story that will captivate your heart and leave you yearning for adventure.

©2017 Karen Lord Rutter (P)2019 Karen Lord Rutter

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