How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor
Probably 4th grade and up
Half of me was thinking, Georgina, don’t do this. Stealing a dog is just plain wrong. The other half of me was thinking, Georgina, you’re in a bad fix and you got to do whatever it takes to get yourself out of it.
Georgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. And she has her heart set on improving their situation. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach. All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected.
With unmistakable sympathy, Barbara O’Connor tells the story of a young girl struggling to see what’s right when everything else seems wrong.
What a lesson learned! By the reader AND the main character.
The situation that Georgina and her family are in will break your heart. Several times. I did think that she could have cut her brother some slack with the way she treated him, but….then again. Well, you’ll see.
She learned in the end that “…the trail you leave behind is more important than the path ahead.”- according to Mookie. 🙂
I learned that as a teacher even when we “think” we know what a child is going through that sometimes we are way off base.
Very eye opening.
A must read.
5 out of 5 stars