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Bullmina the Courageous Bulldog
by Lita Eitner-England

Category: Fiction / Historical
298 pages; ISBN: 1-4184-4508-8

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe


Genre: Youth
Title: Bullmina the Courageous Bulldog
AUTHOR: Lita Eitner-England
The Duke of Chathamworthshire was very proud of his Bulldogs, both for their fighting skill in the bull-baiting ring, and for their innate beauty and breeding potential. But on the night his prize dog gave birth to a litter of five healthy pups, his heart overflowed with pride.
The most beautiful of the pups was the strong and determined Bullmina. The only female of the litter, Bullmina was loyal to her master and protective of her brothers. She was adored by the whole family, from the Duchess to the many young nieces and nephews that would visit the estate. Bullmina was so handsome and strong; the Duke looked forward to breeding her, but in a foolish night of drinking and gambling, he bets his precious pet and loses, to a far less scrupulous dog breeder than himself.
From then on, Bullmina’s life becomes a battle to survive, going from the safety of one home to the despair of homelessness or worse: struggling to live in the heinous underground world of dog fighting. The spirited Bullmina wins friends wherever she goes, but will she ever find her way home?
This is a very well written novel for the young reader that maintains a sense of maturity and responsibility often missing from books meant for this age group. The characters are vivid and authentic, right down to the feisty Bullmina, for whom the reader will greatly empathize, while not having to endure any over-personification. As an added plus, the book gives the reader both a history lesson as well as a lesson in ethics, with a realistic account of the barbaric ritual of dog fights, followed by a chapter on the history of Bulldogs. There is also a chapter on what to consider when buying your own dog, and how to care for it when you do and some lovely illustrations by Leslie Hoops-Wallace.
Lita Eitner-England was born and still resides in California, where she is the proud owner of the Bulldog that inspired the story, Tiffy. She is also a mother and a writer, with degrees in Sociology and Television and Film. She is currently working on a sequel to this novel.
This is wonderful book for the 8 to 12 crowd, though perhaps some caution should be given to the very sensitive child, particularly if they are an animal lover. Bullmina is certain to capture their hearts.
Reviewer: Nancy Morris, Allbooks Reviews.
Title: Bullmina the Courageous Bulldog
Author: Lita Eitner-England
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1-4184-4508-8
Pages: 298 Price: $14.50 Softcover



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