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Lila and Hadley

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Can a lost girl save a found dog? Find out in this unforgettable story about discovering true friendship, finding home, and the possibilities of forgiveness.

Hadley is angry about a lot of things: Her mom going to jail. Having to move to another state to live with her older sister, Beth, even though they haven't spoken in five years. Leaving her friends and her school behin
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Scholastic Press
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Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: teens-fiction
Pros: I thought this book was cute. I love dogs, and I love reading books with dogs as main characters. Plus, Lila (the dog) has such a soft spot in my heart because she was lonely and depressed in the shelter, and Hadley really helped bring her out of her shell.

I also really appreciate that the author made the main character a middle-schooler with a few life problems. Her mother in is jail, she is forced to live with a family member she hasn’t spoken to in years, and she is going blind. I woul
Abby Johnson
After Hadley's mom goes to prison, Hadley is shuttled off to live with her older sister Beth in Kentucky, away from all her friends and the only home she's ever known. Hadley's not happy about it and she refuses to take her mom's nightly phone calls. Beth works as a dog trainer at a local dog rescue. Hadley's not a dog person. But when she happens to be the one person that shelter dog Lila responds to, Beth convinces her to bring Lila home and try to work with her so she can be adopted. As Hadle ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Hadley's single mom embezzled money from the doctor's office where she worked in Tennessee and is serving time in prison, so Hadley must go live with her much older sister Beth, who does dog care work in Kentucky. She is understandably angry, because her mother always told her not to steal and lie, and Beth left right after high school and has not been in contact. Not only that, but Hadley has retinitis pigmentosa and is rapidly losing her eyesight. When she arrives in K
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hadley is a mass of emotions that come together to make her sullen, rude, deeply resentful and resistant to any overtures by her older sister or anyone in her life. And who can blame her? Her mother has just started a prison term and Hadley has come to stay with her sister, who has been estranged from the family for years. She has left her friends, her school and her life behind and she is dealing with the increasing impact of a disease that is causing her to lose her sight.

Dragged unwillingly b
Sommer Dixon
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!! But sad
Kate Waggoner
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
I receieved a copy of Lila and Hadley by Kody Keplinger through the #ScholasticInsider program. This book is expected to be released in April 2020. All opinions are my own.

Twelve-year-old Hadley's life gets turned upside down when her mother is sent to jail for embezzling and she is sent to live with her older sister, who she hasn't seen in seven years. To top it off, Hadley's vision is severely declining and she has been declared legally blind. As you can imagine, the start of her summer is fu
May 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this book as a book study with my 4th grade students. I gave them a variety of Own Voices books to choose from for their book study, and this is the one they chose. I thought it was a great choice. It was a super cute book and I really enjoyed the development of both Hadley and Lila as characters. I found the characters' emotions to be very realistic considering the challenges they were all facing and I also liked that it didn't have a cookie-cutter or expected ending. This glimpse into t ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
It was cute! It went by a lot faster then I thought and I enjoyed the story! I disliked how Hadley kept saying ain't because I can't stand improper grammar. That was the only thing though the rest was cute and realistic. The cover was probably my favorite part, honestly. As I said, it was really sweet! ...more
lise hoyer
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2020
Super good! Definitely recommend! It would be awesome if this was a series! 5 stars!
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like this book but don't like how it ended. I wish she got to keep the dog. ...more
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This book came to the Scholastic Book Fair this spring, and I was excited to be able to get a copy of it online to preview as it was a pretty popular choice with my kids this spring. I was very impressed with the storyline. This is a SOLIDLY middle grade novel (the MC is 12 and getting ready to go into 7th grade) and there is no language and/or graphic content in any way.
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it


The main reason I really enjoyed this story was because of its focus on dogs. I love dogs, and I loved Lila in the story. The pit-bull is cute and seems to understand Hadley’s needs as well. Hadley and Lila seem to complement each other, and help each other out during their darkest hours. I really liked the supporting characters as well like Beth and Shelby. Moreover, I thought the book ended really well on what happens to Lila. It was not what I was expecting, but I
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Hadley has a right to be angry. Her mom is going to jail for stealing money from her boss, so Hadley has to live with the sister she hasn't seen in three years. To make matters worse, her vision is failing due to retinitis pigmentosa, a condition meaning she will eventually become legally blind. Depressed and angry that her life is spinning out of control, Hadley reluctantly visits the animal shelter where her sister works. Despite not being a “dog-person,” she is surprised when Lila the pitbull ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hadley is one angry tween! If having her mom go to jail isn't bad enough, she has to move to Kentucky and live with her big sister who she hasn't seen in years. And if that wasn't bad enough, she's going blind from Retinopathy Pigmentosa. Her sister Beth is a dog trainer and works at a rescue shelter. Beth notices Hadley petting Lila, a pitbull that has been completely unresponsive to anyone else. Beth suggests Hadley foster Lila and see if Lila will warm up to people so she can be adopted. Hadl ...more
Allison Renner
Happy book birthday to Lila and Hadley by @kodykeplinger! The book comes out TODAY, 4/7/2020, from @scholasticinc. Thank you to the publisher and @kidlitexchange for sharing an ARC.

This is a great book about family struggles, coming out of your shell, and includes realistic portrayal of disabilities you don’t often see addressed in fiction. It’s an #ownvoices book, and you need to read it. —-
Once Hadley’s mom is arrested, Hadley is sent across state lines to live with her older sister, Beth. Th
Garance J. Bonadonna (The Nerdy Artivist)

Oh I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I had a great time with it.

First, I learned a lot about blind people. In the story the main character is losing her aight and she has mobility lessons on how to use a cane, memorize paths to take, relate on sounds, etc. It was very informative, I had no clue there was so much to know and it was just really well done. I'm always interested in books with blind characters and this one was particularly emotional.

I also learned more about how re
Laura Gardner
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for LILA AND HADLEY by @kodykeplinger — my students are going to adore this book. Thanks to @scholasticinc for the free book to share with @kidlitexchange .
Lazy, cute dog named Lila meets visually impaired Hadley. Hadley is not a dog person and she’s angry w her mom who is in jail. Lila is not a friendly dog and is currently unadoptable at her local shelter. It’s basically a meet-cute dog-human romance. ❤️ .
Perfect for grades 3-7. This one will be an easy sell!
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Hadley is going to live with her sister while her mother is being sent to prison. Hadley is mad at her mom for doing bad things and she is mad at her sister, who abandoned her years ago and never looked back. Hadley's sister works with the local animal shelter training dogs and when Hadley is approached by a timid rescue, Lila, she is tasked with training Lila so that she can be adopted. Hadley and Lila are having trou
"A lot of things would be different if is wasn't for Lila."

Hadley is hurt and angry. Her mother has been put in jail for embezzling and she has to go and live with her sister, Beth, in another state. This is a sister Hadley hasn't seen or heard from in over five years. She's been torn away from her best friends, Joey and Maya, and they don't even really know why. To make things more difficult, Hadley as retinitis pigmentosa, which means she is slowly losing her eyesight and will be legally blind
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Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-12-13
Hadley is moving in with her sister for the summer. She hasn’t seen her older sister since she abandoned the family several years ago. Since her mother is being sent to jail, Hadley has no choice, plus she isn’t too happy with her mom right now anyway. Hadley is struggling and spends most of her time in bed. However, when Hadley meets Lila, an abandoned dog, she begins training Lila so that she can find a furever home. Hadley makes a pact with Lila. If Lila learns how to interact with others, Ha ...more
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Who the heck thinks it's a good idea to leave a 12-year-old home alone with a very large, untrained rescue dog? Geez. Still, this was a great book about a kid dealing with very hard life stuff. Hadley is going blind, her mom is in prison, and she has been sent to live with her 24-year-old sister who abandoned the family several years ago. For some reason, I really liked that her mom was not a criminal stereotype - she had a professional job and stole money from her job, the type of crime I don't ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lled-7400-read
Many changes can occur when you enter middle school, but for this novel's main character Hadley, maybe too many changes all at once. She is going blind, her mother goes to jail, and Hadley is shipped off to live with her older sister who she hasn’t seen or spoken to in many years. Luckily for Hadley, a dog named Lila enters the picture. With Lila, Hadley learns about patience, friendship, and forgiveness. The book was “cute” and had a good overall message. However, as another reviewer noted, the ...more
Danielle Booey
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, bipoc
Lila and Hadley is the story of a girl and a dog who take turns saving each other.

Hadley is mad at the world. Her mom is in jail for stealing, she has to move in with her big sister who she hasn't spoken to in 5 years, and she is slowly going blind.

Lila is a pitbull who has been bounced between different shelters and rescues and has pretty much given up on both people and dogs.

But maybe together they can figure out what it takes to get back into this thing called life.

A story about love between
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I used to teach a course about children’s books portraying children of incarcerated parents. Although the course is not available any longer, I am always looking for additional titles. In Lila and Hadley, the mother is sent to prison for embezzling from her employer. The portrayal of Hadley’s anger, feelings that life is unfair and her embarrassment dealing with friends are realistic. The mechanics of communication—letters, phone calls and visitation—are incorporated into the story. We often do ...more
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a sweet little story about an angry girl, a lonely dog, and how it can sometimes be hard to make lemonade when life hands you nothing but lemons.

Hadley's mother is in prison and she's living with her estranged sister. Lila was abandoned at a shelter and refuses to interact with anyone. When they find each other, they both begin to slowly heal.

This was, for the most part, a typical "girl meets dog" story. The two help each other, mend relationships, learn a lesson. The ending puts a smal
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Read harder: children’s book that centers on disabled character but not disability AND featuring beloved pet that doesn’t die

This was a sweet book about forgiveness of family members when we don’t know the whole story, starting over when we don’t want to and facing our fears with a pet who loves you by your side.

What I liked least was the vernacular: I’m not a fan of the word ain’t and it was used frequently. I get the authenticity factor. I just didn’t enjoy that part.

I did think it was touch
3.5 stars

This book was cute.

I loved Lila, she was definitely my favorite character, because she was so stubborn and sad all the time, and I can relate to that sometimes. On a completely different hand I did not like Hadley. She had a real bad temper. Yes, Hadley had a good reason to be angry, but she would then take it out on Joey and Maya, Beth, her mother, and sometimes even Lila. (I said the same thing about Harry in the fifth HP book.)

Bonus: I got something kinda like an ARC of this book!
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A great middle-grade book that address the issues of forgiveness and family through the relationship of Hadley and her foster dog. Keplinger's portrayal of the experience of losing your eyesight is one that you don't see often in middle-grade books and makes the book worth reading.

We received ARC/eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Brenda Kahn
Oh! How I adored this book! I loved everything about it from its cover through to its tearjerker ending. Even prickly Hadley. I think this will be popular with my students when we get back to school. I can think of ten right off the top of my head who would go gaga over it and each one of them would tell a bunch of their friends that they have to read it. I miss school, my students and my colleagues.
Emily Princi
Aug 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Another cute story by Kody Keplinger. Some issues I had: why is this girl 12 but has a babysitter and acts like she’s 15, I could not stand the way Hadley spoke. She said ain’t and improperly spoke for the whole novel, it made it not enjoyable. Not focused on romance which I enjoyed. A cute story about a girl whos going through a rough patch and meets a dog in a similar way and they both end up happier in the end. Hadley was kinda annoying though.
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