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This book has it all–suspense, adventure, true-life character drama, pathos, compassion, laughter, and tears. Inside this author beats the heart of a hero who has the joy of knowing and carrying our her mission in life. A must read for animal lovers. But be forewarned–this stirring story will challenge every idle spectator to take up Kelegian’s clarion call.

Spotlite, Books in Brief

A beautiful, at times heart-breaking, and ultimately heart-warming story by a woman doing the tough work in animal rescue. The world needs more people like author Sylva Kelegian.

​Teresa J. Rhyne
New York Times Bestseller of “The Dog Lived (and So Will I)”

A fascinating and beautiful story about animal rescue told with grace and honesty.

​Alison Eastwood
Actress/Director/Animal Advocate

Bravo to the brave and enlightened actress, Sylva Kelegian, who teaches us through her powerful words that we all can be “human doings” and not just human beings. Her riveting, page turning account keeps the reader perched on her shoulder as she rescues dog after dog, often putting herself in danger – all for her love of animals, and the belief that they should be treated with dignity.

Linzi Glass
Critically acclaimed Author/UCLA writing instructor

Thank you, Sylva Kelegian, for this powerful account of the tender, suspenseful, frightening, infuriating, inspiring world of dog rescue. A breathtaking journey about souls among us who give humans boundless adoration and love, drawing us closer to the creator of all life. A real page-turner! This book should be sold at every shelter and pet store in the country.

Jennie Redling
Award Winning Dramatist


This is a must read encyclopedia on how to be a great dog rescuer. Sylva and I have saved many lives together, some of which you can read about in GOD SPELLED BACKWARDS.

Eldad Hagar

Hope For Paws




Sylva Kelegian clearly understands that magical line between fantasy and reality that children know best. There are philosophical issues dressed in delightful fantasy garb that make this a book not only for children but also for the child in each of us – beautifully written prose with a keen sense of sparkling fantasy. Hopefully between films and shows Sylva will continue to write more books as fine as this one.

Grady Harp
Hall of Fame
Top 100 Reviewer

This story is for young and old alike! It touched me on so many levels; a young girl experiencing the loss of her mother, her aching need for the love of her distant father, true love, and the desire to love! It stirred up so many of the joys of my childhood, part Shirley Temple, part Romeo and Juliet, with a bit of “it’s a Small World” for good measure. I was taken on an extraordinary adventure of such magnitude, with creatures and objects brought to life in ways I could never have dreamt of. It’s told with such imagination and so much wisdom…I was memorized and enthralled. “The Dolphin Princess” is a fantastic journey, brilliantly written.I LOVED IT!! Amazon Reviewer

Even an adult such as I deserves to have tears well up reading a little book meant for children, if no one’s looking. A friend gave me her copy and insisted I read it. Not fair. Read it. Read it to your children, to any children you can borrow. They’ll love it. So will you. Amazon Reviewer

I sure hope that these characters have a chance to come to life in an animated film. Everyone will get to meet the Animates on Animia Island. “Spoons” a spoon who wants to spoon anyone needing comfort. “Elyphant” the stuffed elephant, “The Domino Family”, and “Sorrowful Sad Sally”, a sad sweet doll. And so many more.  Amazon Reviewer

This a wonderful wonder-filled story of a special little girl’s magical adventure. The characters (human, animal, and “object”) in this book are so delightfully written, you will fall in love with all of them. A great book to snuggle up and read with your children. You will all enjoy Saroya’s journey and reread this for years to come. Amazon Reviewer

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