Months later, on Henry's 60th birthday, he brings his daughter a trained 3-year-old dog named Dinner. The replacement dog does not mend the broken trust. Rather, it underscores just how shattered Fanny's trust truly is. Kevin Henkes is sympathetic to the struggles of an aging, uninspired artist as well as the ache of a young girl who longs to believe in her father, but is afraid to take another leap of faith. When the source of their rift--Fanny's need for a dog--becomes the source of her father's inspiration, Henkes does not settle on a pat ending. Instead, he dares to enter the deeper complexities of the father-daughter relationship, exposing young adult readers to the emotional vulnerability of both parents and their children. School Library Journal Best Book, Publishers Weekly Best Book. (Ages 12 and older) --Gail Hudson
This story seems to consist of multiple things mixed into one plot. You never know what may happen next and yet you just might guess what comes next. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Abby Rowe
One thing I liked about Protecting Marie was that it was very realistic. The story would very likely happen in today's world. Read morePublished on May 5, 2009
I bought this book in the fourth grade. It sat on my bookshelf for four months until I read it over Christmas break.
Oh. My. God.
Most phenomenal book I have ever read. Read more
This is a compelling story of a very alert twelve-year-old, fanny. Fanny has always wanted a dog but her short tempered father has not allowed one. Read morePublished on September 1, 2001
This story about a girl and her dream to own a dog are really touching. The father's character was a large part of the story, and although it was pretty harsh, the story wouldn't... Read morePublished on July 2, 2001 by Valerie Lockhart
Protecting Marie was a fabulous story. It was sad, but at the same time happy. It was around Christmas time and also Fanny's father's birthday. They had everything ready. Read morePublished on February 9, 1999