Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: realistic/novel in verse
What did you like about the book? Cara and her family know they may have to leave their home due to forest fires. They are packed and at the ready, but then the unthinkable happens—Cara can’t find her beloved dog Mike and the family must evacuate without him. Cara is devastated to leave him behind and her bad feelings are compounded by the stressful situation of staying in a shelter and not knowing if their home and belongings will be okay. When the family is taken in by a host family, Cara, her parents and sister are touched by the generosity of strangers. But with so much change and stress, Cara needs Mike more than ever before.
Reading a book like this makes me SO GLAD I just made a dedicated #novelsinverse section in my library! I loved this book, especially Cara and Mike’s devotion to each other and the lyrical language throughout. I love how Mike is an “ugly dog” with only one eye and part of an ear missing—it’s clear that he has a big heart and lots of love for his owner and that’s what matters. I can’t wait to purchase this one for my library and recommend it to students. Pre-order now; it’s out in September in the United States and out now in Canada!
To whom would you recommend this book? Students who are dog lovers and students who like novels in verse will love this one!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No.
Who should buy this book? All elementary schools and middle schools
Where would you shelve it? my new books in verse section!
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA
Date reviewed: June 13, 2018