Hound Dog True

Hound Dog True

Book - 2011
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Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a true friend.
Publisher: Boston : Harcourt Children's Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780547558691
0547558694
Branch Call Number: J FICTION URBAN LINDA
Characteristics: 152 p. ; 20 cm

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 15, 2012

It’s not a long book by any stretch. Just a scant 176 pages, making it the perfect length for the kids that’ll need it most. Which is to say, the ones teetering between the “babyish” and the “grown-up”. Urban’s writing style can be summed up in one word: likeable. And this is a supremely likeable book. A great new Urban title that won’t disappoint her already existing fans and may lure in new ones.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 15, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 15, 2012

She has it all worked out, you see. The plan is perfect. It can’t possibly fail. After traveling from place to place with her mother for years, Mattie and mom have finally moved in with mom’s brother. Uncle Potluck is exactly the kind of uncle you’d want to have around too. He tells great stories, and talks to the moon, and best of all he lets Mattie tag along as he fixes up the local elementary school for the coming year. In fear of the kids in her new class, Mattie has determined that if she’s a good enough assistant to Uncle Potluck in the summer then she’ll be able to assist him over her lunch and recess period every school day and avoid her compatriots. She’s sure she’ll be able to convince him, but when she meets the niece of her new next door neighbor, Mattie starts discovering that maybe other kids aren’t entirely frightening.

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