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How to Steal a Dog Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 20, 2007
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Georgina's father walked out on the family, leaving them without enough money to continue to rent an apartment. His departure is never explained, but the ache left in Georgina's heart is succinctly summarized in one heartbreaking sentence: "I wanted my daddy to come on home and change everything back to the way it was before." The embarrassment she feels about living in a car is also apparent in another compact sentence: "If there was ever a time when I wished the earth would open up and swallow me whole, it was when I turned around and saw Luanne looking at me and that car and all."
While the book revolves around a homeless family, it never becomes the equivalent of an after-school special designed to raise reader awareness about the plight of the homeless. It also never stoops to using their homelessness as a backdrop for the tale. Chapter after chapter, we feel the impact of homeless life: The family lives out of a car; They need to change locations regularly to avoid being arrested; They eat whatever free meals the mom can scrounge from the restaurant where she works; Their clothes and hair become scuffier in appearance. In the middle of this misery, Georgina sees a reward poster for a lost dog, which inspires her idea to steal a dog: After all, a $500 reward would provide the family with a home. The book revolves around her putting this plan in action.
This is a children's book, which means we know that Georgina will probably not end up in prison.Read more ›
First of all, Georgina is not a bad person. If you saw her in school you might think she was a kind of unkempt and dirty person, but that's just because she, her little brother Toby, and their mom have been living in their car ever since their dad up and left them. It hasn't been easy for Georgina, of course. Her best friend Luanne has been distancing herself lately. The family's never safe and Georgina's having a really hard time getting her schoolwork done. If only there were some way she could get a lot of money for the rent of a new apartment. Then Georgina sees a MISSING poster for a dog offering $500 and it all comes together. Of course! The perfect solution! All she needs to do is find a rich dog, steal it, wait for the reward posters to go up, and then collect the money for her family. But every perfect plan, no matter how well executed, is bound to run into some unexpected mishaps along the way.Read more ›
Another numbing reality is the woman whose husband runs off, leaving her with the children and all the responsibility. An already poor circumstance soon renders a woman on the streets, or in this case, living in their car. Georgina, the character through whose viewpoint we access the story, is so embarrassed that she won't tell her best friend. When she does, the friend deserts her, treating her, more or less, like an untouchable.
Georgina and her brother pretty much fend for themselves because the mother works two jobs. To deflect suspicion about a parked car in one place too long, the mother parks in a new spot each morning before she goes off to work and the children to school.
To help raise enough money for a real home--an apartment, house, whatever, it doesn't matter--Georgina makes a plan to dog-nap a hapless canine and get $500 in reward money. Her thinking is to find a dog whose owner simply cannot do without that companion and is willing to pay reward (think: ransom, extortion, rescue) money. She and her brother walk around until they find what appears to them to be a really nice house, the only one, in a run-down neighborhood. Yes, I thought that, too--What's wrong with this picture? One large house in a declining neighborhood.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read! Children from poverty enjoy it because they can relate. Those who can't relate to that lifestyle are able to empathize and walk in her shoes to experience a different... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was a great book. I consider it as a 5 STAR rating. A GREAT BOOK!!
Loved the book 5 STAR!
I am a teacher and have read this book aloud to three classes of third and fourth grade students. They all loved it (even my most difficult and complaining students were involved... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful middle grade novel with tons of heart! The author deals with some very serious issues, such as homelessness, with insight and tenderness and even humor. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Lombardo
georgina is going to steal a dog to get money for her family. but can georgina steel a dog or is she just 2 nice. i had a fun time reading this book.Published 5 months ago by Julia H Milne