by Barbara O'Connor
Farar, Strauss, and Giroux (Aug. 30, 2016)
Fiction chapter book
A story about a girl who, with the help of the dog of her dreams, discovers that family doesn't always have to be related--they are simply people who love you for who you are.
Why You'll Love It:
- At school, at home, and in the community, the characters and settings are well drawn, but it’s the narrator’s convincing, compelling voice that will draw readers into the novel and keep them there until her wish finally comes true.
- Poignant and genuine, this is a tale that will resonate with readers long after they finish it and have them cheering for the underdogs-both of the two-legged and four-legged varieties.
- In this first-person narrative, Charlie’s emotions are as evident as the events she records and her occasional misreading of other people’s lives and intentions.
Who Should Read It:
Great for grades 4-6...and here's the reader's guide.
What Else You Should Read:
- The Education of Ivy Blake by Ellen Airgood
- A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
- Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt