Ages: 8 - 12Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Author: Barbara OConnor


With a single mother who drifts from job to job, complaining all the way, Mavis Jeeter longs for a best friend and a settled home, in that order. When her mother takes a job as the housekeeper for a rich woman in Landry, Alabama, Mavis hopes that Rose Tully, the employer’s daughter, can be her best friend. Up until the feisty Mavis appeared, shy Rose’s only friend had been Mr. Duffy, the gatekeeper – who hasn’t been himself since his dog died.

Enter Henry, a dog who escaped from Wonderland, the local greyhound race track, and is hiding in the woods. Although he doesn’t really understand what he’s searching for, it’s love and a settled home, in that order.

With keen insight into children’s thinking and deep empathy for dogs, O’Conner’s story is about finding unforseen friendships in unexpected places.

Kemie Nix ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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