This was a good story. I have to admit it was hard to read at times because it made me sad, but grateful. It seems that this would be a good read for children ages 8 to 14. The book provides a lot of opportunity to talk about homelessness. It would also be good idea for children to take part in a service learning activity around helping people or animals. The story brings to light some important topics for children to grapple with. The book touches on morals and making the right choices, and gives the reader an opportunity to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.
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.
How to Steal a Dog is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:59:50 -0400)
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother's calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.… (more)