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Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
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Sep 09, 12

bookshelves: family_story, fiction, journals, realistic-fiction, strong-female-character, custodians, bullying
Recommended for: Gr. 4 and up
Read from September 02 to 03, 2012, read count: 1

It is almost time for school to start and Mattie Breen will once again by the new girl at school. Each time her mom finds herself uncomfortable with her job, she and Mattie pick up and move someplace else to start over. This time, however, they've moved in with Potluck, Mattie's uncle and the custodian at the school Mattie will attend.

Mattie dreads lunches and recesses without friends at school, but she could spend those times with Potluck is she could convince him to let her become his apprentice custodian. She begins to write down all the wisdom and all the work he must do in her journal as she follow Potluck through each day at work.

And then there's Quincy Sweet, the girl who is staying in the house out back with her aunt who rents from Potluck. Quincy is more "grown-up" than Mattie and Mattie does her best to avoid her. But that doesn't work.

And that isn't the only plan that fails--her plans to become Potluck's apprentice are ruined, too, and Mattie has the same solution to problems as her mother--she just wants to move away. But that won't work either; her mother has promised Potluck that they will stay with him until Mattie gets to high school.

Mattie Breen learns much that summer about life, about herself, about her mother, and about several kinds of bravery. It's a quiet, warm story with a lot of heart.
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