It is one of my biggest fears: A natural disaster strikes and I can’t go home and get my pet or somehow he escapes and I am forced to leave, effectively abandoning him.

It breaks my heart just thinking about it.

So I certainly understand how Cara feels when she and her family have minutes to leave their home because wildfires are heading their way and her dog Mike disappears. I can imagine those what-if scenarios running through her mind, breaking her heart at the end of each. I can imagine seeing happy reunions with other pets and their owners and being happy for them, but sick for yourself. I can imagine hope, hope your pet is OK as long as you can get back to him.

Missing Mike ($18.95, Pajama Press) is another great read by Shari Green. Written in free verse poetry¬†style, which I don’t actually understand, although I do like it, Missing Mike is a quick read and full of heartache, but also kindness and we discover, along with Cara, what home means.

Read my review of Green’s other book,¬†Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess.

A copy of this book was provided by Pajama Press for an honest review. The opinions are my own.