Coop for Keeps


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Another story about Coop the Great


For Coop, adjusting to a new home after being adopted by Zach, Emma and their mother, Jess, is not easy.  It’s hard enough being a lowly dachshund, but it’s even harder when your home is a financially unstable guesthouse with smelly strangers drifting in and out. Worse still, the unhappy teenager in charge of Coop is steaming mad much of the time. On top of that, Lucinda, the annoying cat, likes to tease and torment.  It’s no wonder Coop wishes he could have his old life back.


Enter a murder of crows, a stranger with a mysterious past, two bullies bent on making Zach’s life miserable, and a vicious dog with a grudge against Coop.  As the risks and challenges mount, Coop’s wish only grows stronger.  Will he ever find the forever home he so desperately wants?


Advance Praise

“Loved the book! Larry Verstraete captures the voice of the underdog in this heart-warming sequel to Coop the Great. A book sure to appeal to dog-lovers and kids of all ages.” – Gabriele Goldstone, author of Crow Stone and Tainted Amber.


“For those of us who fell in love with Coop the Great, this follow up novel is everything we had hoped for…and more! For readers new to Coop—you’re in for a treat! Coop may be a senior dachshund, with short legs and a squat body, but his heart is bigger than a St. Bernard’s. As Coop struggles to adjust to his life with a new family, he discovers he’s not too old to find joy and belongingness once more. Coop for Keeps is a spellbinding story of finding family, surviving loss, and standing up to bullies. A highly recommended, five star read.” – Jodi Carmichael, author of The U-nique Lou Fox and Family of Spies


“With elegance and grace, Larry Verstraete teaches young readers that no problem is insurmountable – especially when they have a spunky dachshund to show them what’s important. Addressing real-world issues, Coop’s solution and example stand the test of time.” – Harriet Zaidman, author of Second Chances and City on Strike


“With a plot full of adventure, conflict and intriguing characters Larry Verstraete has penned another appealing novel in Coop For Keeps. Young readers will identify with the problems and insecurities fourteen-year-old Zach faces and animal lovers will delight in the way a loyal dog, a temperamental cat, and a flock of fascinating crows figure into the captivating story.” – MaryLou Driedger, author of Sixties Girl and Lost on the Prairie



Larry Verstraete is an award-winning Winnipeg author of eighteen books of fiction and non-fiction for kids and teens. A former middle-years teacher with a penchant for storytelling, his books have been on recommended reading lists and have received honours ranging from the McNally Robinson’s Book of the Year for Young People Award to BC’s Red Cedar Award and Ontario’s Silver Birch Award for Non-fiction.

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Epub – Individual License, Paperback, Pre-order paperback

Listed on “Books with Buzz” at 49th Shelf!


Coop for Keeps is a wonderful story about family, love and growing together through life’s challenges. Award-winning author Larry Verstraete does a fantastic job of weaving the themes of loss and grief, bullying, and knowledge of crows into a moving yet often times funny story. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.Mary Harelkin Bishop, CM Review 


Keeping Up with Coop – Larry and Coop were featured in the Winnipeg Free Press Community Review. Reporter Emma Honeybun was at the launch to chat with Larry and his guests and take photos. Check out the full story.


Check out Larry Verstraete on the Turning Pages podcast from UMFM Radio. The fol­low-up to Coop the Great, Lar­ry Ver­straete’s Coop for Keeps fur­ther explores the life of an aging dachs­hund and finds him deal­ing with bul­lies and crows (not nec­es­sar­i­ly the same crea­tures). Ver­straete and I dis­cuss whether his return to the char­ac­ter is to dis­cov­er or craft what he’s been up to since the first book, the role of dreams in the book, and whether the notion that there’s a bit of the author in their pro­tag­o­nist holds true when that char­ac­ter is a dog.