Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Saving Cinnamon

Saving Cinnamon

The Amazing True Story of a Missing Military Puppy and the Desperate Mission to Bring Her Home

Christine Sullivan

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

Set against the backdrop of the war in Afghanistan, Saving Cinnamon chronicles the love story of Navy Reservist Mark Feffer and a stray puppy he bonded with while stationed outside of Kandahar. When Mark is about to return stateside, he decides to adopt Cinnamon and sets up her transport back to the U.S. But the unthinkable happens and Cinnamon is abandoned by the dog handler who was supposed to bring her home, and disappears with out a trace. Mark and his family start a desperate search for the puppy which lasts 44 days and ends dramatically when Mark and Cinnamon are finally reunited. This is a touching memoir told by Mark's sister, who initiated the rescue efforts.


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Praise for Saving Cinnamon

“ At the heart of Cinnamon's story is the fact that love is the most powerful energy on the planet. Saving Cinnamon is a wonderful tale of compassion and perseverance. This book reminds us of how many good people there are throughout the world and proves that animal's lives bring meaning to our own and make life worth living. I hope more people will be inspired to save a stray or a shelter dog after reading this book.” —Randy Grim, Founder of Stray Rescue; author of Miracle Dog and Don't Dump the Dog

Saving Cinnamon is a harrowing yet endearing adventure that you'll read in one sitting.” —Melinda Roth, co-author of From Baghdad With Love

“Christine Sullivan's riveting account of Saving Cinnamon touched me deeply. She demonstrates how determination and faith can get a puppy found in a war zone to her new home in America. Suspenseful and filled with love, both for family and innocent animals, I highly recommend Saving Cinnamon to everyone who believes love can make a miracle.” —Deborah Eades, author of Every Rescued Dog Has a Tale

Saving Cinnamon is an amazing story that will warm your heart and keep you turning the pages. Christine Sullivan's story is a testament to the power of believing in what you want despite all that seems stacked against you. Beautifully written and suspenseful till the very end. A recommended read for all.” —Jack Canfield, Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

“…Sullivan's exhilarating documentary kicks into overdrive with a heady mixture of soul, technique and resourcing that maneuver around more curves and face more challenges than a James Bond movie. But it's this intoxicating passion and commitment of all involved that eventually produces a warm-hearted celebration you'll never forget.” —City Dog

“...vivid and heartfelt...” —AmVets Magazine

“I just read the last page and I am overjoyed with the story. I have this incredible urge to get on a plane and go meet Cinnamon. I will make sure that happens in the near future.” —Terri Crisp, SPCA International

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About the author

Christine Sullivan

CHRISTINE SULLIVAN worked in sales and technology for decades before finding her true passion in life—caring for animals in need. She initiated the search for Cinnamon and was instrumental in bringing her home to the U.S. She is the co-founder of New Hope For Animals and continues to work with Operation Baghdad Pups. Sullivan lives in Vermont with her family and dogs.

Christine Sullivan

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St. Martin's Griffin

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