Thursday, June 25, 2020

Spotlight: Lara the Runaway Cat by Dion Leonard with Sophie Pembroke

About the Book

Genre: Animals
Publisher: HarperElement
Release Date: February 7, 2019

Synopsis from Goodreads...

Lara the Runaway Cat tells the story of Gobi, the loveable pup who followed Dion Leonard across a gruelling 155-mile trek across the Gobi Desert, and her mischievous cat sister, Lara, who runs away from her family, seeking a courageous adventure and different life.

Lara doesn’t realise how good she has it in her home in Edinburgh with her owners, Dion and Lucja, and of course her sister, Gobi. If she’s being honest, she’s jealous of Gobi’s fame and the international attention she has received ever since Dion found her. Okay, Gobi may have survived an ultra-marathon across the Gobi Desert, but it’s not as if Lara doesn’t earn her fresh prawns! She dreams about the day when she can go outdoors and see the world, discover new friends and be free to make her own name.

But Lara’s wishful thinking gets the better of her as she takes a leap into the unknown and is forced to decide between her loyalties to her family and need to experience an adventure to rival Gobi’s. Join Lara in her eventful travels from Edinburgh to France, Beijing to Australia, where she is faced with challenges that will change her life forever.

Following on from the astounding real-life story of Dion Leonard, this fictionalised tale is a must-read for animal lovers everywhere.

About the Author

Dion Leonard is an Australian/British New York Times Bestselling Author, Motivational Speaker and Ultra Runner.

In 2016 whilst running a 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert in China, a little stray dog joined Dion and ran 80 miles with him. Dion adopted the dog, named her Gobi and promised to bring her home. After the race ended Gobi went missing, which started a search for the pup on the streets of China. The story of ‘Finding Gobi’ became an international bestseller in 21 languages. Leonard has since gone on to write a Young Readers edition and Children’s Picture book of their story. Finding Gobi is also currently a Hollywood film in production.

In 2020 Leonard released his 4th book, Lara the Runaway Cat which tells the fictional story of his real cat Lara and her runaway adventure around the world to find herself. Having never left the comfort of home before Lara seeks a courageous adventure and different life across the other side of the world and she finds herself torn between returning home to her worried family looking for her or staying to help the people she meets along the way and changing their lives forever.

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