By Emma Pearse
(DaCapo Press, $25)
When the Griffiths’ family dog, Sophie, fell off their boat and into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, they were overcome with grief. But Sophie wasn’t lost for good. Sophie: The Incredible True Story of a Castaway Dog is about the blue heeler’s unbelievable journey back to her family — one that included swimming through six miles of predator-infested waters and fighting for survival on the island of St. Bees, which has no freshwater. It’s a heartwarming tale of the power of love and perseverance.