Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

"Listen, Toby," I said. "It's the only way we're ever gonna have us a real place to live instead of this car, you hear?"
He nodded.
"Don't you want a real place to live?"
He nodded again.
"Then we got to steal us a dog and get the reward," I said. "And if you tell anyone, and I mean anyone, you might as well just say your prayers and kiss this earth goodbye, you hear me?"
"Okay," he said. "But how do we steal a dog?"
"Don't worry," I said. "I'm working on it." (16)

Barbara O'Connor's How to Steal a Dog tells the story of Georgina Hayes, who lives with her little brother Toby and her mom. They don't live in a house or an apartment though; they live in their car, which they must move every couple days so the police don't tow them away. Georgina hates living in her car because it's embarrasing and she's left caring for her brother instead of participating in Girl Scouts or ballet while her mom works two jobs trying to save enough for an apartment. She has an idea though that will help get some money for her mom; steal a dog, wait for the missing signs to be posted, and then claim the reward. All goes according to plan in stealing the dog, but then things go horribly wrong in trying to claim the reward.


1 comment:

Amanda said...

I think this is a great book for anyone to read becuase it teaches a great moral lesson for the present and future reference.Another reason i would recommend this book is because you can't put it down , it has humor and some sadness , but its a wonderful book for not only me [fifth grader] but anyone thats looking for a great book!!!!