A Dog’s Purpose is a series of novels by American author W. Bruce Cameron. The series follows a dog throughout multiple lives (through reincarnation), chronicling the dog’s journeys and his purpose throughout each one of his lives. A Dog’s Purpose was also made into a film.

W. Bruce Cameron began his Dog’s Purpose series in 2010 with the novel A Dog’s Purpose. The series only includes two novels – A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey – but also includes additional stories for younger readers. A Dog’s Purpose made the New York Times bestseller list for 49 weeks, and was adapted to film in 2017. Below is a list of W. Bruce Cameron’s Dog’s Purpose books in order of when they were first published:

Publication Order of Dog’s Purpose Books

A Dog's Purpose(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Dog's Journey(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ellie's Story(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bailey's Story(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Molly's Story(2017) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Dog’s Purpose Synopsis: Ellie’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron is a heartwarming illustrated novel adapted for young readers. Ellie is a very special dog with a very important purpose. From puppyhood, Ellie has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog. She can track down a lost child in a forest or an injured victim under a fallen building. She finds people. She saves them. It’s what she was meant to do. But Ellie must do more. Her handlers — widowed Jakob, lonely Maya — need her too. People can be lost in many ways, and to do the job she was born to do, Ellie needs to find a way to save the people she loves best.

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