Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
  

Synopsis

Hound Dog True by Linda Urban

Do not let a mop sit overnight in water. Fix things before they get too big for fixing. Fifth-grader Mattie Breen writes it all down. She has just one week to convince Uncle Potluck to take her on as his custodial apprentice before school starts. As his apprentice, she'll have important work to do during lunch and breaktime...work that will keep her safely away from other fifth-graders. But when Mattie's plans come crashing down, she ends up with a friend who is hound dog true.

Reviews

* This outstanding, emotionally resonant effort will appeal to middle-grade readers. -- Kirkus , starred review * Urban ( A Crooked Kind of Perfect ) traces a highly self-conscious child's cautious emergence from her shell in this tender novel about new beginnings and small brave acts... Urban's understated, borderline naif narrative gives voice to Mattie's many uncertainties ( Always Mattie has been shy. Always school had made her feel skittish and small ) while expressing the quiet yet significant moments in her day-to-day life. Mattie's growing trust of others and her attempts to be bold and friendly lead to gratifying rewards for Mattie and poignant moments for readers. -- Publishers Weekly , starred review Internal drama, compelling characters, and Mattie's strong voice propel the story of learning to do a small brave thing. -- Booklist * There are many books that offer adventure and twists and unusual story lines. Most of them do not offer young readers such fine writing and real characters. That is hook enough. -- School Library Journal,

About the Author

Linda Urban's debut novel, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was a BookSense pick, a New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing, and was nominated for twenty state awards. A former independent bookseller at Vroman's in Pasadena, California, she now writes full time in Montpelier, Vermont, where she lives with her family. Visit her website at www.lindaurbanbooks.com

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
160 pages
Interest Age: 9 to 12

Author

Linda Urban
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Publisher

Publication date

23rd November 2012

ISBN

9780547850832


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