Story Monster Ink recently had the opportunity to chat with the authors/illustrator team behind Angel's Forever Home (Mascot Books), a true story about a dog who was rescued from a Chilean earthquake, and searches for his forever home. Facing his fear of rejection for not being like other dogs, he embarks on a journey that teaches him the importance of patience, courage, and the willingness to open his heart to others.

Visit with the Rita Gigante, Bobbie Sterchele-Gigante, Donna McDine and Renie De Mase to read their interview and to get to know them better at Story Monster Ink. The team enjoys interacting with readers and welcomes the opportunity for visitors to leave comments and/or questions so they may have the chance to get to know you as well.

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What readers are saying:

I bought Angel's Forever Home for a friend's children a couple of weeks ago. What a perfectly wonderful story: a dog whose leg is hurt in a Chilean earthquake travels all the way to the U.S. in search of a family. There's a surprise twist in the plot when Angel succeeds. Reading it teared me up. A kids' book. Simple. Profound. Amazing. Kudos to our own local celeb authors Rita Gigante, Bobbie Sterchele-Gigante, Donna McDine and local artist Renie Conklin De Mase. ~ Reviewed by Lorraine Ash, author - Self and Soul: On Creating a Meaningful Life

Angel's Forever Home is a heartwarming story about finding love. Angel is such a lovable and relatable character; he has a great voice! It's the kind of story from which we can learn many lessons. I look forward to reading this book again and again. I know my children will love it, too! ~ Reviewed by Mary Driscoll, elementary school teacher and blogger at Stay at Home Fit

Angel's Forever Home is a great children's and adult book! The story line has great lessons within it and the artwork is beautiful. The underlying lesson of appreciating life is for all to enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Shilamida Kupershteyn, best-selling author - 31 Days of Gratitude Create the Life You Desire

Angel's Forever Home is a heart-warming tale of hope, courage, love and comfort as a rescue dog named Angel waits patiently to find his home after an earthquake in Chile leaves him injured. The authors of this sweet story beautifully capture Angel's voice and make him so relatable one can't help but root for him and hope he finds a home as special as he. The kindness shown to Angel tugs at one's heartstrings, especially in appreciation of rescue animals everywhere and those giving them their "forever homes." Ms. De Mase's beautifully detailed and soft illustrations bring Angel and his story to life. A must read for children and adults alike! ~ Reviewed by Karin Larson, speech pathologist and children's author - Bedtime Kisses