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Gaby, Lost and Found

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Wanted: One amazing forever home for one amazing sixth grader.

"My name is Gaby, and I'm looking for a home where I can invite my best friend over and have a warm breakfast a couple of times a week. Having the newest cell phone or fancy clothes isn't important, but I'd like to have a cat that I can talk to when I'm home alone."

Gaby Ramirez Howard loves volunteering at the
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Scholastic Press
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Rio Cervantes-Reed Loved the connections Gaby made with the animals at the shelter. Fun to read, and the story about her mother gives me hope.

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Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a marvelous middle-grade book for both girls and boys alike. Adults will enjoy it greatly, too - this one sure did. Gaby is well-developed character with whom I related easily. She and the animals won my heart, and I found myself with tears in my eyes on more than one occasion. Her relationship with her mother, especially, broke my heart. Hope is eternal, right? (Future book, perhaps, for adults - the story of Gaby's mother?)

Cervantes' writing style flows wonderfully well and kept me tur
Lisa Cindrich
Jan 16, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: children-ya
Debut novel by one of my writing group peeps! Can't wait to get my own autographed copy.
Ms. Yingling
Jun 09, 2013 rated it liked it

Gaby is living with her father, since her mother, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, was rounded up by immigration officials at her work and deported. Gaby would like to live with her friend Alma’s family, since her father doesn’t seem to be able to keep a job or care for her properly, but he won’t let her. She would also like a cat, so is glad when the students at her Catholic school pick an animal shelter as their community service project. She uses her writing skills to write biographies for
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There was a girl named Gaby and luck was not on her side. With her mom in Honduras and with her dad quitting jobs left to right and not taking care of her she pretty much is on her own. Gaby loves animals so when her class volunteers at the animal shelter she was excited about working with all the animals. Gaby fell in love with all the animals but one cat named Feather caught her eye. Feathers former owners left her at a rest top. But Feathers mean owners want her back. Find out what Gaby does ...more
Kayla Edwards
I loved this book so much. As an animal lover, as someone who works with children, and as a human being this novel spoke to me on every level. I want to take Gaby and Feather home with me so that they can always be together. I want to bring Gaby's mother home. I want to give those eighth-grade bullies a piece of my mind. But most of all, I want you to go read this book. It's definitely worth your time.
Elisha Karr
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6th-grade
I thought this book was amazing. I loved Gaby and her perspective. It really touched my heart. I loved the shelter storyline and the way she paired the animals with what Gaby was going through. I loved that she took on this subject that children go through everyday. Wonderful story!
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good junior fiction.

- illegal immigrant w/ citizen daughter left behind
- how hard it really is to take care of a pet (food/diet, sickness, litter, etc)

Overall tame descriptions and fine for most audiences. Easier reading level.
Sixth grader Gaby Ramirez Howard is counting the days until her mother can return from Honduras. After a raid on the place where she worked, she was deported there since she didn't have the proper papers. Gaby's estranged father steps into the picture and moves into their home, but despite his best intentions, he had no idea how to take care of his daughter. He forgets to buy groceries or pick up food from the food pantry, and Gaby must fend for herself. When she and her classmates embark on a s ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
(BULLY) Sweet story of a girl who feels like a stray. Her mother gets deported back home to Hondurus, and she's left feeling alone. She has school project of volunteering at shelter. A good book that is diverse with sprinklings of easy to know spanish words. Excellent at showing the bond with Gaby has with her mom, friends and animals. Showcases different topics without being pushy. There is a little bit about some bullies, but its not the main idea of story. Plus she does stand up for herself. ...more
Noor Hanis
Sob sob I just can't finish this book. I have tried my best to read until the very end of the end. It seems I failed the attempt to finish this one. The efforts have been wasted! You see I try to keep reading but I guess more books deserve my leisure times.

I'm not saying this is a bad book. The problem is me. I'm not the right reader for this book. Take a look at the back cover ; appeals to 4th until 7th graders. I AM WAY TOO OLD FOR THIS BOOK PERHAPS! I'm 17 years old for real. So I think I'm
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the saddest, most beautiful book I have read yet! It is about a girl whose mother got deported to the Honduras and has to live with her dad when she doesn't want to, and barely has enough money for the necessities of life. She starts volunteering at a shelter an meets a stick-thin, half-dying cat who she absolutely loves, called Feather, and ends up losing her best friend when she stows the cat away in her backpack and takes it home. It is HEARTWRENCHING. I loved it.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
bookaday #84. 4.5 stars. Gaby's love for her mother is so strong, in a time of separation. This MG story will resonate with many children caught up in immigration struggles recently in the news. Additional subtle message about animals' lives not being disposable. I know my students will relate to Gaby and her friends.
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Gaby’s mother has been deported and is now in full custody of her father who really doesn’t want to be the “responsible adult”. She, at age 10 or 11, takes care of herself and then tries to take care of strays from a shelter. She writes ads about each animal in the hopes of getting them adopted. This book about friendships, family and illegal immigrants is a great middle grade novel.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gaby volunteers at the local animal hospital with her fellow classmates. She learns how to care for the animals and finds a way to help make others aware of the animals needs as well. A touching story that hits on very real topics of deportation, bullying, non-traditional families, and coming-of-age.
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a sad one and reminded me of my situation in life. Even if it was sad, it still had a great plot. It is about a girl named Gaby who really wants a cat named Feather and for her mom to come home. It may cost you tears, but it's worth it!
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is really good. I recommend this book cause if you like animals you will like this. It is about a girl whose mom lives in honderous and dad stays with her. She volonteers at the animal shelter and writes profiles for animals.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aw! So cute and sweet! My second Mark Twain Nominee for 2016! I loved the ending, but I expected Gaby's mom to return home from Honduras. That was the only disappointment, though. ☺ ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is great! The story is really, really well put together. When she does the thing, that if you read it you'd know, she seams sort of like she is not thinking right. But, don't worry she gets better.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute! Fun! Sweet! Inspiring! All these adjectives describe Gaby, Lost and Found, by Angela Cervantes, about a girl who wants to rescue animals but soon finds herself in need of a permanent home. Gaby, her friends, and even the adult guardians in her life make for a realistic and endearing cast. Through the suspenseful plot, readers will learn about shelters and immigration, besides being entertained.

What struck me foremost is how true-to-life but also sympathetic the characters are. Gaby loves a
Keri Douglas
Cervantes, A. (2013). Gaby, lost and found. New York: Scholastic.

Gaby lives with her single mom until her mom gets deported back to Honduras. Her absentee father moves in to "take care" of Gaby, but this sixth grader can take care of herself and the animals she volunteers with at the animal shelter. Gaby becomes the voice of the animals by writing profiles about each one to promote their adoption. She wonders if she should write on about herself because she feels lost too.

This book could be used
Libby Ames
I would actually give this book 3.5 stars. The writing is slightly weak, but the story and careful handling of a difficult subject make it a powerful book.

When Gaby Howard's mother is deported to Honduras, life turns upside down for Gabby.  She is left with a father she barely knows and who is rarely home.  Gaby finds comfort from her school class's volunteer assignment at the local animal shelter, where she writes adoption notices for the animals. Gaby relates to the displaced animals and forms
Ana Marlatt
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is a sweet story of a caring, well developed character (Gaby), who has to deal with some pretty tough life events. The parallel with the animal shelter was very cute and very appropriate. The adoption flyers written by Gaby were wonderful. What bothered me the most was the way the author dealt with immigration issues. Gaby's mom has been deported to Honduras because she entered the country illegally. She spends her time working in Honduras in order to gather enough money to hire a coyote to ...more
Nevaeh Lavoie
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I really loved how Gaby is so caring and brave and keeps going. Also when her mom got deportated to Honduras. Gaby has 3 friends Marcos, Enrique, and Alma. Gaby's dad moved in, and hasn't been able to keep a job, or take care of Gaby. But when her class has a project Gaby's class volunteers for Furry Friends Animal Shelter. When Gaby gets there she was in charge with writing little stories about the animals to help them get adopted. while Gaby is there she falls in love ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Gaby's mother was deported a few months ago and she's living with her dad who can't seem to take care of her. He won't hold a job, there's never good in her house, and the neighbors want her to live with them, but her dad says no. Gaby would press him more if she didn't think her mom was going to be home any day, although the days have quickly turned into months and everyone keeps asking Gaby if her mother really will be able to return from Honduras. Saving her from all this emotional trauma is ...more
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 264
I feel like this is a perfect book. Gaby Ramirez Howard feels like an authentic 11-year-old: thoughtful, eager to please, and easily excitable. Unfortunately, she also has to be much more mature and responsible than many kids her age because her mother was recently deported. Few children's books touch on this issue, which is unfortunate because it is so relevant to our society and current events in our country. Deportation sucks, and Cervantes does not sugarcoat that, which is important. However ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished this with my daughter. I think some of the content is geared towards older teh 9 years old as my daughter didn't understand deportation. I think she was drawn in by the cat in the

Gaby is a troubled girl. Her mother was deported, her father doesn't know what to do with her and Gaby is sinking fast. Her class gets to volunteer at Furry Friends Animal Shelter and they are tasked to help adopt out and care for the pets. Gaby writes these amazing posters and teh animals
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a great read for any kid who loves animals...and for a simple read, it was surprisingly full of emotion. Gaby's mom has just been deported and she now lives with her dad who isn't much of a parent--she is alone most of the time and doesn't have much food. When her class volunteers at an animal shelter, Gaby falls in love with the animals. This would be a great book for struggling readers, and there are lots of great elements in this short book: family issues, immigration, friend drama, a ...more
Samantha Cornejo
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was funny but I also thought that it was kind of sad too,because of Gaby's mom not being able to live with her and that her mom was deported.Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I thought that Gaby was really being strong about her mom and how she was also being bullied at school too.I also thought it started looking up for her when she became a part of The Furry Friends animal Shelter,and met Feather! I really liked how the book ended out because it was so sweet and ...more
Aundre Frye
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1. Gaby lost and found is a book about a girl that has a mother acrossed the border of Mexico because she was a illegal immigrant. Gaby tries everything she can to not be worried only on her mom. Gaby then volunteers at a animal shelter. She writes descriptions for the animals. She never gives up.

2. My favorite part of the book is when gaby's friend pretended that there two other friends are dogs and tells them to sit and stay and they listen.

3. I would recommend this to my friend Haley.
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Angela is an award-winning author whose debut book, Gaby, Lost and Found, was named Best Youth Chapter book by the International Latino Book Awards and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books (2014). Angela’s second novel, Allie, First At Last (Scholastic Press; 2017) garnered a starred review from Kirkus. Angela's next MG novel, Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring will be release ...more
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“Then, just like that, Gaby remembered the real last time she had seen Alma cry. It was the day Mrs. Gomez had picked the girls up from school early to tell them that Gaby’s mom had been arrested at work. Alma wept immediately. She seemed to know what it meant before Gaby could even grasp Mrs. Gomez’s words. Two weeks later, when her mom was deported, Gaby cried for a week straight. It was Alma who finally dragged her outside and back into the world.” 3 likes
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