by Martha Ritter (Goodreads Author)
A mute, nameless foxhound has spent her life in a laboratory c…more
A mute, nameless foxhound has spent her life in a laboratory cage. She has never seen the sun. When she gets rescued, Dottie, a diva ladybug, helps her understand the world and find a home with Olivia, a restless, solitary girl who wants comfort that her new pet cannot supply.
It is not love at first sight. The isolated dog and the hesitant girl must face their fear of connecting. They learn to tame each other, let go, survive adventures, and find the courage to trust as they search for their place in the sun.
This book, originally written for kids eight to twelve, has both humor and heart. It is an adventure story as well as a tale with many layers--about overcoming obstacles, mining experience for what matters, and doing what is necessary, though not always desirable, for friendship. It is ultimately about the joy of a hard-won connection.
The classic illustrations--with a contemporary edge--reflect both the poignancy and the wackiness of the book.
JUST IN FROM KIRKUS REVIEWS:
"Ritter is at her best when grappling with her main characters' internal lives, outlining in an accessible, realistically paced way how the psychology of grief and trauma can give way to hope and love. …
"Essential reading for anyone who has adopted, or is planning to adopt, a dog in need of love."
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by Lord Toph (Goodreads Author)
by Ariel Cohn, Aron Nels Steinke
With simple text and bright, graphic art, Ariel Cohn and Aron Neils Steinke have created a gentle, fantastical adventure for the very youngest of readers. The Zoo Box will be a terrific introduction to comics for both learning readers and their parents. [close]
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