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By: Bobbie Pyron

Piper’s life is turned upside down when her family moves into a shelter in a whole new city. She misses her house, her friends, and her privacy—and she hates being labeled the homeless girl at her new school. But while the shelter, Hope House, offers her new challenges, it also brings new friendships, like the girls in Firefly Girls Troop 423 and a sweet street dog named Baby. So when Baby’s person goes missing, Piper knows she has to help. But helping means finding the courage to trust herself and her new friends, no matter what anyone says about them—before Baby gets taken away for good.

Told in the alternating perspectives of Piper and Baby, this uplifting friendship tale celebrates the importance of hope, the power of story, and the true meaning of home.

ISBN: 9780062839220

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Homelessness , Homeless shelters , Dogs , Friendship , Family life

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Interwoven chapters alternate between an 11-year-old girl whose family arrives at a shelter in Salt Lake City, and a young dog who belongs to another homeless person. The human protagonist, Piper, narrates her close-knit family’s situation and their interactions with helpful people and programs in an engaging, warm, and upbeat voice. While she br Interwoven chapters alternate between an 11-year-old girl whose family arrives at a shelter in Salt Lake City, and a young dog who belongs to another homeless person. The human protagonist, Piper, narrates her close-knit family’s situation and their interactions with helpful people and programs in an engaging, warm, and upbeat voice. While she briefly touches upon her own sadness and embarrassment about being homeless, Piper focuses on her advocacy for Baby, the dog. Because of mental illness and her refusal to give up her dog, Baby’s human, Jewell, can’t take advantage of many of the services offered to Piper’s family. Baby’s chapters are written in a semi-lyrical style from a third-person omniscient point of view, evoking innocent and energetic doggy-ish dedication, love, and longing. Although sad and unjust situations abound, Pyron keeps a light touch and focuses on the positive. She keeps a secular perspective while acknowledging the roles of various Christian programs, and fulfills Piper’s need for belonging with a Girl Scout–like group. Jewell, Piper, and Piper’s family are all white; people of color are depicted among secondary characters. This title is an excellent book for raising awareness and empathy.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062839220

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.1; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Homelessness, Homeless shelters, Dogs, Friendship, Family life,

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