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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061797162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061797163
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,847,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

More About the Author

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa during the era of Apartheid. It always pained me that we lived in a country where there were the "haves" and "have nots" and although I was one of the fortunate ones it really upset me to see all the social injustice around me. The idea of writing about a dysfunctional family in a dysfunctional society and how love, in all it's many forms, would be the glue to mend such a fractured family and such a fragmented country came to me after I had left South Africa as a young adult and had settled in America. I do hope you enjoy my novel!

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A beautiful book that inspires!
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The story ends happily when Danny and Bree reunite.
Connie Goldsmith
It is a good book for my daughter to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meredith whiteley on December 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book contains unacceptable words for our children. After reading, I did not pass the book on to the children. Big dissapointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connie Goldsmith on July 22, 2010
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"Finding Danny," by Linzi Glass. (Walden Pond Press). I dare anyone who loves dogs to read this charming book without shedding a few tears! Twelve-year-old Bree's journalist parents have killer schedules and never enough time for her. Border collie Danny is Bree's constant companion. Newsmom leaves the gate open one day and Danny disappears. So begins Bree's search for Danny and her foray into the world of lost and abandoned shelter dogs. Quirky dog rescuer Rayleen inspires Bree to set up an adoption day for red-listed dogs (those due to be put down in a few days). It's a huge success and all the dogs find new homes. The story ends happily when Danny and Bree reunite. Penned by real-life dog rescuer Linzi Glass, this story may tempt you to look in your local shelter for the perfect dog who is waiting for you! Check out Linzi's organization at: [...].

Connie Goldsmith, Chidren's Book Reviewer for California Kids, a Sacramento regional parenting publication
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Hoffmann on May 27, 2010
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Finding Danny stands out from the pack of other kids books through its inspiring journey into the world of animal rescue. In this poignant tale, pre-teen Bree is searching for her beloved dog after her mother accidentally lets the dog out of the house. On her quest to find Danny, Bree is introduced to the world of animal shelters, learns about the plight of lost and abandoned animals, discovers a new purpose in life...and bonds with her parents in a way she never had before. Linzi Glass artfully brings this heartwarming and enlightening journey to life. Readers of all ages will love Finding Danny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Junior Clerk on May 21, 2010
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Twelve-year-old Bree Davies seems to have an idyllic life. She has famous parents, lives in an upscale beach community, and attends an exclusive middle school. But appearances can be deceiving. Her career-driven parents are absent much of the time, both literally and figuratively, leaving her alone. Her border collie Danny helps stave off the loneliness. Then, because of her mother's act of carelessness, Danny gets lost. On her quest to find her beloved pet, Bree becomes immersed in the world of animal rescue. She meets quirky, but also fascinating and selfless characters who dedicate themselves to saving the lives of helpless animals that want only the chance to love and be loved. Evocative and beautifully written, Linzi Glass' Finding Danny portrays the epic journey of a girl who, because of love and devotion, finds her life's purpose. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReadingROCKS! on May 12, 2010
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An enlightening look into the world of animal rescue and shelters, this is the perfect book for any parent hoping to teach their child the importance of giving back. Lyrical, engaging and inspirational, "Finding Danny" is a must read for any age!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ricky1818 on May 12, 2010
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Parents, this is a wondeful book for you and your children to savor, and one that will lead to important and no doubt lively discussions about animal rescue. It's equal parts entertaining and enlightening, a true gift from celebrated author Linzi Glass, who once again handles her subject matter with grace and deftness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Traude E. Gomez on May 11, 2010
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People involved in animal rescue are often the unsung heroes in a society, taking on the difficult and heart-wrenching work of saving the lives of those without a voice. Linzi Glass has created an engaging story about a 12-year-old girl's empowerment as she discovers the sad world of dog shelters, a world she had no idea existed. The book also presents wonderful messages about mentoring, friendship, and mother-daughter connections. Glass writes with a light and lyrical voice that will engage readers who may not have thought they would find the topic interesting. For anyone, it presents wonderful insight. This book is endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States.
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