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How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

How to Steal a Dog

by Barbara O'Connor

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This book is about two siblings who live in a car with their mom. They are homeless and their mom works all the time. One day they saw a flyer about a lost dog with money as a reward if someone found the dog. So they decide to steal a dog that looks exactly like the one in the picture to get the money, but as they try to do this, they go through a lot of situations. It is a lot hard than they thought. I rate this 4 out of 5 because it is a creative way kids try to get money. ( )
  verocruz | Mar 14, 2019 |
This is a light-hearted book about a girl just trying to help her mom get enough money to move into a house. She steals a dog from a women she grows to know well, but in the end she returns the dog because she feels bad. She was just trying to help, but she realizes she went about it the wrong way.
  Kelsey-Funkhouser | Dec 2, 2018 |
This was a very good book, some excellent topics for discussion for elementary grade emotional support students. It was a little difficult in the middle because it was very uncomfortable as the main character was making some very bad choices but I was pleased with where the story ended. This book had a very real portrayal of homelessness and poverty from the perspective of a child. The emotions were well described and the story was realistic.
  ghendel | Nov 28, 2018 |
This is a cute dog story for upper elementary kids. Georgina's dad has left, leaving her mom, brother and her without any money. They have no choice, but to live in a car, until her mom can save enough money for rent. When Georgina sees a flyer for a lost dog offering a $500 reward, she hatches a plan to steal a dog in order to return it and get the reward money. She keeps a journal listing the how-to steps for stealing a dog. Unfortunately, there's a lot more to it than she realizes. Her assumptions lead her to make mistakes. For instance, even though she steals a dog that is clearly loved by its owner, she misjudges the owner's wealth based on the house she lives in.

As the scenario plays out, Georgina finds herself telling more lies in order to cover her tracks. The moral dilemma is whether she should continue with her plan even though the dog's owner will have to take a loan to offer a reward. Should an innocent person have to pay for her misfortune? She reaches a point where she regrets what's she done, but can't figure out how to get out of her predicament cleanly.

A quick read full of fantastic moral lessons for kids. ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
Georginia's family is falling apart and she, her mom and brother are living in their car. Her grades suffer, friendships fall apart. She cooks up a scheme to steal a dog and then collect the reward money to pay rent for an apartment.
A quick read. ( )
  ewyatt | Sep 17, 2018 |
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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.
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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.

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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)

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