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How to Steal a Dog

by Barbara O'Connor

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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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This is a book about a family who lives in their car due to their father leaving and being evicted from their apartment. Because of this, the children's mother works two jobs and is working really hard to make ends meet, so the daughter must look over her younger brother Toby often. There is an award for a missing dog for 500 dollars, and thinking that this will help her family, she decides to borrow a dog to be able to get the reward. But instead she begins to realizes what is right from what is wrong. This book is intended for the ages of 8-12. I would use this in my ELAR class to be able to discuss character development with my students and use this book for various activities regarding this. ( )
  sdb064 | Mar 1, 2020 |
A light and easy read ( )
  Scaledish | Feb 24, 2020 |
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 |
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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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