Lili Dauphin revisits Tilou with Golden Soul, a story about an abandoned puppy in Clay Rouge. The unfortunate pooch is further rejected by a superstitious community that forces him to endure unbearable prejudice because of his physical characteristics. Forsaken, the dog becomes the focus of Tilou’s love, devotion and her determination to provide him with a home. The task is arduous, but throughout her ordeal, Tilou maintains cheerfulness and courage as she leads Golden Soul to freedom. It is a story of how trust, loyalty and friendship can drive a young girl to realize noble potential.
Lili Dauphin’s gripping tale about a young girl coming of age on an impoverished Caribbean island, is a must read for all children over 12 years old. Its message of hope, self-reliance and gratitude amidst life’s challenges are essential life lessons for all youth. Lili weaves together indelible characters with a voice that is unique and seldom heard from in the world of literature. You can practically smell the history and culture jumping off the pages through her visceral storytelling style. Lili paints the Caribbean in a vivid and intoxicating way that only someone who was born there can do.
– Andrew Burrows-Trotman, Film Producer
Golden Soul is perhaps the most inspiring of all of the books about Tilou as she contemplates faith and survival. It’s a story about loyalty that becomes a matter of life and death. It’s a story about overcoming fear while standing up for what is right. Very obviously it also contains a much-needed response to some societal problems. And most importantly, it’s a story about love.
– Mira Chaikin, Social Scientist
This story is not about the dog but it’s about us and our perception of others. A dog naturally has compassion and is able to forgive and accept others unconditionally. The dog is the true guru because he’s able to teach us about ourselves. This book is good for people of all ages. It helps to open our eyes. It’s about acceptance, love, and compassion. A great read.
– Maria E. Rondon
It’s almost as if there’s a deep message hidden within the story itself, left there for “you” the reader to discover. Profound, yet simple and entertaining for everybody.
– Chris Howland