Tupelo Rides the Rails

Written & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet introduces Tupelo, an abandoned dog, who must find a new home for herself and her sock toy, Mr. Bones. With creative language and brilliant illustrations, Melissa shows how home is sometimes found in the most unexpected places.


  • "Sweet's beautifully detailed artwork, in watercolor and mixed-media, is packed with feeling and story."
    —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

    "[A] winsome tale laced with doggy humor...Fans of the popular stray-animal genre will bid her godspeed."
    —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

    "...crowded scenes in cheery watercolors and mixed media showcase Sweet's unusually expressive canine cast."
    —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

    "...Sweet is a gifted storyteller, working magic in this story." —Buffalo News