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KidLit Pick: Finding Gobi by Dion Leonards

STUDIO 15 –  Finding Gobi is a remarkable story of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultra marathon runner who crosses paths with a scrappy, stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through China’s Gobi Desert. The young dog, who Dion would later name “Gobi”, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart. She went each step with Dion over the treacherous mountains, sand dunes, black sand, across waters (sometimes in Dion’s arms) keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles. She picked him out of the vast number of runners and volunteers in a place where no dog would normally roam.

As Gobi persevered through unbearable conditions, Dion found a change of heart within himself—opening himself up to others, helping others in need. His new mission became how he would take Gobi home. Before taking Gobi home after months of quarantine, Gobi went missing in China. But with the help of stranger and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet, he was able to track her down and reunite with her forever. Finding Gobi, the book, will have you believing in miracles, love, and friendship. Who is your Gobi and how have they changed your life?

 

DION’S TIPS FOR BUILDING YOUR MENTAL TOUGHNESS TO OVERCOME ANY OBSTACLE

· Harness what motivates you, channel it into positivity.

· Set achievable goals, steady progress.

· Surround yourself with people who will support you.

· Have positive people around you.