From School Library Journal
Grade 4–7—Bree Davies, 12, is an only child living in Santa Monica with her journalist parents who are too busy with their careers to pay attention to her. She's drifting away from one of her two best friends because of diverging interests. And now she is paired with Ashton Adams to do a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream
, and she's nervous because he is popular and ignores her. The only thing that makes up for her parents' absence and all of her problems is her beloved Border collie. When her mother neglects to close the gate one day, Danny goes missing and Bree is unable to forgive her. The high points of this book include the girl's determination to find her pet and her time volunteering at an animal shelter. The rest remains dull, melodramatic, and clichéd, and problems have thin resolutions. It is unfortunate that readers would have to plow through all of this in order to get a glimpse of the harsh realities of animal shelters.—Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ
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Sabrina Bree Davies' journalist parents have never-ending news monster deadlines, so Bree's border collie, Danny, has always been her main companion in their upscale Santa Monica neighborhood. When her mother, rushing to work, accidentally leaves the gate open and Danny disappears, Bree's anger, brewing after years of neglect, surfaces. The distraught 12-year-old visits local animal shelters, where she discovers countless abandoned and lost dogs, many of which are red listed to be euthanized in a matter of days. In her search she meets free-spirited Katrina survivor and dog rescuer Rayleen, and soon Bree finds herself running an animal shelter adoption day, with help from her friends Rayleen and Ashton, Bree's Shakespeare acting partner and potential boyfriend. This quick-paced story with a spunky tween heroine and typical mother-daughter angst will encourage young animal enthusiasts to get involved in their community animal-rescue efforts and readers of all sorts to stay connected with friends and family. Grades 3-6. --Angela Leeper