by Barbara O'Connor
My curiosity was perked when I saw this book mentioned online somewhere. Spotted it at the public library, brought it home and read it one night in the bathtub (the best reading spot in my apartment. Hot water must be included). How To Steal A Dog is about Georgina's issues with her family's homelessness, and her determination to change their situation. Her father's abandoned them, they've been evicted and are living out of a car while their mother struggles with two low-paying jobs, trying to save enough to get a new place to live. Georgiana is highly embarrassed and frustrated by their situation. One day she sees a lost-dog sign and makes up a plan to steal someone's dog, then collect the reward money. But her plan doesn't unfold smoothly, and she continually runs up against her conscience. Faced with the question: is it okay to do something wrong in dire circumstances? Georgina learns some powerful lessons about honesty, friendship, and that money isn't everything.
Rating: 3/5 ........ Published: 2007, pp 170