Chance in a Lifetime

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Jennifer Shenefield

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The story of a guide dog's journey unravels through his own eyes as he journeys to fulfill his destiny while discovering the human world and touching the lives of everyone around him in times of both joy and sorrow, in a celebration of the beauty of the bonds between humans and animals.


Family,Action,Adventure,Drama,Funny,Young Adult,Children's

Short Summary

In only his third year as a guide dog, the world overturned for Chance. When his human passes away, Chance's routine and his heart are broken. He needs to find the strength to move on to what is next. He partners with a boy named Ethan, who teaches him new levels of understanding and strength.


Virginia, USA

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Chance

Age: 3

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Charming,Clumsy,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Funny,Skillful,Selfless,Obedient,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Ethan

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Funny,Skillful,Selfless,Modest,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Hattie

Age: 70+

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Empathetic,Decisive,Faithful,Gracious,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: James

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Educated,Honorable,Sophisticated,Outspoken,Masculine

About The Author

Jennifer Shenefield holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and has a deep passion for writing and reading across multiple genres. Chance in a Lifetime is Jennifer’s first novel, and a celebration of her love for animals, people, and the beautiful relationships between them. She also deeply enjoys teaching storytelling in professional, educational, and creative settings. Currently, Jennifer is working on multiple upcoming projects, which include a short-story collection, creative nonfiction works, a stage play, and a screenplay. Ms. Shenefield lives in San Diego, California with her three daughters – Autumn, Avalon, and Athena – who all share her love for animals, movies, creativity, writing, and reading. They are all owned by a Bernese Mountain Dog named Ragnar and two Siamese cats, Axel and Aurora. Jennifer loves to engage with readers and movie enthusiasts alike to share the beauty and power of bringing amazing stories to life!

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12,13-17,18-34,35-54,55+,6 and under

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Covenant Books

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available