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How to Steal a Dog
Contributor(s): O'Connor, Barbara (Author)

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ISBN: 0312561121     ISBN-13: 9780312561123
Publisher: Square Fish
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2009
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Annotation: Desperate to hold her struggling family together, Georgina Hayes is inspired after she spots a poster offering a $500 reward for the return of a missing dog. All she has to do is "borrow" the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Values & Virtues
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Homelessness & Poverty
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 700(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 5" W x 7.5" (0.35 lbs) 208 pages
Themes:
- Topical - Self-Esteem
- Catalog Heading - Language Arts
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian
Awards: Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, Nominee, Grades 6-8, 2011
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 115455
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
 
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Publisher Description:

Don't miss Barbara O'Connor's other middle-grade work--like Wish; Wonderland; Greetings from Nowhere; Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester; and more

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. This title has Common Core connections.


Contributor Bio(s): O'Connor, Barbara: - Barbara O'Connor is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia, How to Steal a Dog, The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis, and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. She has been awarded the Parents' Choice Gold and Silver Awards, the Massachusetts Book Award, the Kansas William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Indiana Young Hoosier Award, the South Dakota Children's Book Award, and the Dolly Gray Award, among many honors. As a child, she loved dogs, salamanders, tap dancing, school, and even homework. Her favorite days were when the bookmobile came to town. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
 
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