How to Steal a Dog: A Lesson in Compassion.
As parents, we are constantly looking for that special “Summer Read for Kids” that will teach our children essential lessons. How to Steal a Dog is a book that will not disappoint in the lessons it has to offer.
Sadly, I remember working two jobs to support my kids, just like Georgina’s mom. I know what it’s like to go to bed hungry because there is only enough food to feed the children.
In addition, I remember how ugly the kids at school can be to the student who arrives in dirty, unkempt clothing. I was the one who took them to my house to find something clean they could wear.
Georgina has lost her father and her home. Her mother is doing her best to take care of the children, but living in a car isn’t working for Georgina. The family isn’t in trouble because they are lazy or bad. Circumstances can change in an instant. Our kids need to understand that before it’s too late. I can’t imagine another summer read for kids that does a better job of teaching compassion.
After reading this remarkable story, your children will be rewarded with a better understanding of poverty, truthfulness, compassion, and devotion.
HOW TO STEAL A DOG chosen by the NC Center for the Book as the 1 youth title to be on 2002 Great Reads from Great Places list for National Book Festival of the Library of Congress. Books chosen represents in some way its state’s literary heritage.
Summer Read for Kids: How to Steal a Dog
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. 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.
Summer Read for Kids: What Others Are Saying on Amazon
“Will keep youngsters totally engaged. This novel’s gentle storytelling carries a theme of love and emphasizes what is really right in the world.” ―School Library Journal, Starred Review
“This is truly Georgina’s story, and to O’Connor’s great credit, it’s Georgina herself who figures out what’s right and does it. The myriad effects of homelessness and the realistic picture of moral quandary will surely generate discussion.” ―Booklist
“A suspenseful and achingly realistic story.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“O’Connor knows how to spin a touching story, and reading this novel is its own reward.” ―The Horn Book
“O’Connor once again smoothly balances challenging themes with her heroine’s strength and sense of humor.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Will give a more privileged audience much to ponder.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A must-have for a classroom library.” ―IRA
About the Author:
Barbara O’Connor is the author of award-winning novels for children, including Wonderland, How to Steal
a Dog, and the New York Times bestseller, Wish. Drawing on her South Carolina roots, Barbara’s books are
known for their strong Southern settings and quirky characters.
In addition to seven Parents Choice Awards, Barbara’s distinctions include School Library Journal Best
Books, Kirkus Best Books, Bank Street College Best Books, American Booksellers Association Best Books,
, and ALA Notables. She has had books nominated for children’s choice awards in 38 states and been voted
the winner by children in ten states. Barbara is a popular visiting author at schools and a frequent speaker
at conferences around the country.
Connect with the Author:
Barbara O’Connor Author Website