Rika’s Shepherd



ISBN: :9781773660011

Rika’s Shepherd

  Author:   Orysia Dawydiak    
  Publisher:  Acorn Press

Rika is a happy, energetic girl in control of her life and her small flock of sheep and helping her father run their farm and household since her mother died six years earlier. The one thing that would make life even more perfect would be a Border collie pup she could train to herd the sheep. But her tidy life begins to unravel with the discovery of a deadly coyote attack on her flock.

With the help of a young veterinarian, and an eccentric breeder of guard dogs, Rika takes on more responsibilities. She encounters challenges which reveal that she has not coped well with the death of her mother, especially when her father and the veterinarian become romantically entangled. Rika is further demoralized when she fails to train a guard dog pup and must return him to the breeder. When the valuable and beloved older dog who guards her sheep is gravely injured because of her poor judgment, Rika slips into a depression.

When Rika starts to get better, she takes stock of her blessings, and begins to deal with the changes that are imposed on her. She makes amends with her future stepmother, and the injured dog, now recovered, is returned to her care.

Details and Specs
Item AC0154
PublisherAcorn Press
PublishedMay 28 2018
Language eng
Pages 96
Format Paperback
Dimensions7.5(in) x 5.25(in)
Orysia Dawydiak was the first child born to immigrant parents who settled in Northern Ontario. She grew up with a foot in both worlds, on a diet rich in Ukrainian traditions and stories. She lives on a small farm on Prince Edward Island where she raises sheep and dogs. She writes books on livestock protection dogs, and has also written award-winning fiction for children and young adults. Her first novel is the House of Bears. She has written four other middle-grade and young adult fiction novels. She won the first PEI Book Award for Children’s Literature for Rika’s Shepherd. She is the author of Kira's Quest and Kira's Secret, which was nominated for the Hackmatack Award, and most recently, the third and last book in the series, Kira's Crossing. Visit her website at orysiadawydiak.com.