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"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. Ever 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.
With unmistakable sympathy, Barbara O'Connor tells the story of a young girl struggling to see what's right when everything else seems wrong.
Awards & Distinctions
ALA Book Links Lasting Connections 2007
Bank Street College Best Books of the Year 2007
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2008
International Reading Assoc Notable Books for a Global Society 2008
NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies 2008
Parents Choice Recommendation 2007
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2007
Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee 2010
Hawaii Nene Honor Award 2010, 2012; Nominee 2009, 2011, 2013
Illinois Blue Stem Award Nominee 2011
Indiana Young Hoosier Award Winner 2011
Iowa Children's Choice Award Nominee 2011
Kansas Children's Book Award Winner 2010
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee 2009
Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Nominee 2010
Maine Regional Library Cream of the Crop 2008
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Nominee 2008
Massachusetts Children's Book Award Nominee 2010
Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee 2010
Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee 2009
North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee 2008
Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee 2008
South Carolina Children’s Book Award 2009
South Dakota Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Award 2010
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee 2009
Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee 2008
Washington State Sasquatch Award Nominee 2010
Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award Nominee 2011