Soaring Soren

Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly

by Deborah Stevenson; illustrated by Morgan Spicer

“His legs are too short!” “His head is too big!” “He is simply not built to jump!”

Soren the French Bulldog is an unlikely champion in the athletic sport of agility, or so many people think. But Soren has something that his critics can’t readily see: belief in himself. With that, and the support of his friend Deb, Soren sets out to prove that champions come in all shapes and sizes.

Soaring Soren is an inspiring story about pursuing a dream. Soren is irresistible and determined. His quest for an agility championship is exciting. But most endearing is the love and trust between Deb and her dog. It is sure to melt the hearts of children and adults alike.


Nominated for the 2016 Dog Writers Association Award for Best Series of Illustrations or Paintings.

“[A]n inspirational and exciting true life story that shows how even seemingly insurmountable odds can be overcome, if you believe in yourself … [M]ost highly recommended for children and animal lovers of all ages.” –Readers’ Favorite

“Expressive cartoon color illustrations bring Soren the French Bulldog’s amazing and inspiring story to life, bringing joy and inspiration to young readers everywhere.” –Midwest Book Review

“Everyone who has ever loved a dog will love this book. It’s the story of the little dog who could…” –R.J.M., Amazon Reader Review

“I absolutely LOVE this book. The story is an incredible one about overcoming perceived faults an[d] imperfections…” –Lori K., Amazon Reader Review

Great, inspiring children’s book. You can do whatever you set your mind to. Wonderful!–Amazon Reader Review

“…[A] charming and inspirational story of breaking type casting and overcoming obstacles. The illustrations are just adorable. I want a sequel” –Amazon Reader Review

Deborah Stevenson

Deborah and Soren. Photo courtesy of M. Nicole Fischer.

About the Author

Deborah Stevenson’s lifelong love of animals and writing have frequently intersected over the years, resulting in numerous articles written for animal-related publications, websites, a regular column for JustFrenchies magazine, and children’s books. When her son was young, reading together was a treasured time they shared. This spurred her desire to write books that other parents could enjoy with their children. Currently a product marketing manager, Deb also worked as a technical writer for over a decade. She lives in New Jersey with her son and their three dogs, and enjoys training for and competing in the sport of dog agility.

About the Illustrator

Morgan Spicer

Photo courtesy of Morgan Spicer.

Morgan Spicer is a children’s book illustrator, character designer, ethical vegan, and the founder of Bark Point Studio. Through her small business, she has created over 1,300 pet portraits, with a percentage of many of her commissions going to local and international animal rescue groups. A self-proclaimed “dog and cat lady,” Morgan hopes to one day open an animal sanctuary and rescue of her own, where she will continue to educate youth about the importance of compassion and the magic of animal companionship. She has illustrated ten books. To see more of her work, please visit her at

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Autographed Copy


Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9973020-4-2
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9973020-5-9
Size: 8.5″ x 8.5″
42 pages
Published October 4, 2016



Soaring Soren coloring page (via Deborah Stevenson’s website)


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Author Deborah Stevenson’s website
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