Happy book birthday to WHAT THE DOG KNOWS by Sylvia McNicoll, out today from Dundurn Press!

A lovely story about the messiness of families and learning to trust and believe in yourself. Most of all, it’s a story about friendship — both the two- and four-legged kind. ― Susin Nielsen, author of Tremendous Things

Sylvia McNicoll has once again crafted a story filled with heart. An entertaining story about finding friends — human and furry — who see the real you. ― Colleen Nelson, author of Harvey Comes Home

It’s Naomi’s worst summer ever. Her dog, Diesel, died. Dad lost his job. Mom and Dad split up. The family is broke, and Naomi is stuck babysitting when she planned to take swimming lessons. Then Naomi’s sometime-friend Morgan convinces her to jump off a dock. On July 1 at precisely 4:30, when Naomi drowns, destiny shifts.

Naomi awakes a week earlier to Diesel talking to her. Through his canine counsel, he wants to show her how to fix things. “I can save you,” he barks. But no matter how often Naomi resets her watch, the time and date keep flipping back to July 1 at 4:30, which makes her wonder: Is my time running out?

Sylvia McNicoll has written over thirty-five novels for young audiences, including Body Swap and the Great Mistake Mystery series, inspired by her own errors and dog walks with her grandchildren. What the Dog Knows is a tribute to the many dogs she’s loved. She lives in Burlington, Ontario. Sylvia is represented by Amy Tompkins.