The premise: After Georgina Hayes' father left, her family was evicted from their apartment. Georgina, her mom, and her brother now live in a car. Even though her mother works two jobs, it isn't enough. When she spots a missing dog poster with a huge reward for finding the dog, Georgina decides to steal a dog, return it, and reap the benefits. But what happens when she steals the dog isn't anything like she planned.
What keeps readers reading: Georgina's voice. Georgina tells her story with such honesty, straightforwardness, humor, and grace, and the story becomes not a story about stealing a dog but a story of homelessness--told through the eyes of a kid.
What I loved: Barbara O'Connor addresses such a serious issue, and makes readers think, and like Georgina, she does it with grace.
Because I don't want anyone to pass by this lovely story, I'm offering a copy of How to Steal a Dog to one of you! Simply comment on this post by Sunday, May 20th, 2012 by 8pm CDT. International entries are welcome. And . . . if you are a blog follower, you get your name in the drawing twice. To become a blog follower, just click 'join this site' in the upper right corner. Winner announced May 21st.
More middle grade recommendations can be found under my
Middle Grade Monday tab or in Shannon Messenger's links.
Happy middle grade reading!