With a title like that, how could you not read this book!?

Georgina Hayes is desperately looking for a way to help out her family. They’ve been living in their car since her father left, and her mom works two jobs to try keep up with expenses. Georgina, a strong female character, struggles with right and wrong and following her conscience as she tries to determine what the best strategy is to help her family — will it be stealing a dog to turn in for a reward? This wonderful novel depicts a nuanced and likable, young protagonist living with poverty and homelessness. For children living in poverty, this novel fills an important void in the world of children’s literature — characters whose living situations they can relate to. For children who do not experience poverty, this novel can help them learn to empathize with and relate to those who do.

Awards: 2008 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year

Published 2007, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

 

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