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Publisher's Note:

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. Ho…

How to Steal a Dog

by Barbara O'Connor

Overall Book Review:

Outstanding job by author Barbara O’Connor in creating an intimate and personal look at the crisis of homelessness through the eyes of a young person!  The voice of the protagonist, Georgina, is realistically voiced in tone, dialogue, and perspective.  Told in first person, the world is consistently experienced and seen through the eyes of a young girl.  The reader feels Georgina’s frustration and desperateness to escape circumstances that are not of her own making.  Although homelessness and poverty are difficult topic, this book is handled well and on point for the young audience it targets.  It shows how easily families on the margin can slip into hard times; this gives readers a chance to sympathize with characters their own age.  Along with way the main character learns some valuable lessons and ultimately the book ends on a hopeful note.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Theft, Parental (Father) abandonment of family, Homelessness, Poverty/Economic Distress

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!