This reading group guide for Cowboy & Wills includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Monica Holloway. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
Wills is a bright young boy whose developmental difficulties reveal a diagnosis of high-functioning autism. Wills and his parents Monica and Michael are almost entirely alone in dealing with this upsetting news—with the exception of Monica’s sister—and so they build their support system from a different place: the pet store. Soon the house is filled with fish, hermit crabs, turtles—even a rabbit. Finally, there is only one pet missing: a puppy. After years of promising Wills a dog, one Christmas a gorgeous golden retriever named Cowboy comes home to the Price family. Cowboy’s presence by Wills’s
side begins to make the world feel safe to him, and he progresses with a speed his parents only imagined. Within a year, however, Monica and Michael realize that their beautiful and supportive puppy is terminally ill with Lupus. And soon Wills will have to cope with the thought of losing his very best friend.Cowboy & Wills
is a heartwarming memoir about the unique re