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Mountain Dog



by
Margarita Engle
illustrated by
Olga Ivanov ,Aleksey Ivanov

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Henry Holt
ISBN
9780805095166

Awards and Honors
Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2013
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Visiting his mother, in prison for dogfighting, is painful, but living in the Sierra Nevada with Tío Leo and his search-and-rescue dog is an opportunity for Tony to heal. Wilderness survival tips. Author’s note. Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

5 1/4" x 7 3/4"

Dewey

F

AR

5.9: points 3

Lexile

990L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Dec 2013

Book Genres


Topics

Novels in verse. Rescue dogs. Dogs. Human-animal relationships. Great-uncles. Foster home care. Hispanic Americans. Sierra Nevadas (California and Nevada). Mother-son relationships. Having a parent in prison.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Eleven-year-old Tony has had a tough life and now his mother, an immigrant, is in prison for training fighting pit bulls. Fortunately, his great uncle agrees to take him in. Tío is a forest ranger who, along with his dog Gabe, rescues people lost in the wilderness. Suddenly, Tony is living far from Los Angeles in the Sierra Nevada. Written in free verse, this story is told from the perspectives of Tony and Gabe. The chocolate lab senses the boy’s internal struggles as he deals both with his sadness about his mother and his wonder at this beautiful new place. Wise and kind, Tío begins to train Tony to work with the rescue volunteers and gives his nephew the best gift of all when he welcomes him into his home permanently, helping him gain the confidence he needs to begin planning a positive future. Gabe’s insights into Tony’s struggles and his vividly captured doggy enthusiasm and devotion keep the story upbeat. The bond that develops between the canine and boy makes this book an inspiring read that will be especially believable to dog lovers. Black-and-white drawings appear throughout the story, and these empathetic depictions of the characters, animals, and setting capture the spirit of the text. A thoughtful and sensitive story that touches on immigration, family, and other serious issues.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Eleven-year-old Tony has had a tough life and now his mother, an immigrant, is in prison for training fighting pit bulls. Fortunately, his great uncle agrees to take him in. Tío is a forest ranger who, along with his dog Gabe, rescues people lost in the wilderness. Suddenly, Tony is living far from Los Angeles in the Sierra Nevada. Written in free verse, this story is told from the perspectives of Tony and Gabe. The chocolate lab senses the boy’s internal struggles as he deals both with his sadness about his mother and his wonder at this beautiful new place. Wise and kind, Tío begins to train Tony to work with the rescue volunteers and gives his nephew the best gift of all when he welcomes him into his home permanently, helping him gain the confidence he needs to begin planning a positive future. Gabe’s insights into Tony’s struggles and his vividly captured doggy enthusiasm and devotion keep the story upbeat. The bond that develops between the canine and boy makes this book an inspiring read that will be especially believable to dog lovers. Black-and-white drawings appear throughout the story, and these empathetic depictions of the characters, animals, and setting capture the spirit of the text. A thoughtful and sensitive story that touches on immigration, family, and other serious issues.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

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