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Thirteen-year-old Lydia has had more experience with loss than most people her age. She has cared for her mother who has a failing heart condition for six years since her father walked out. After her mom's death Lydia is moving in with her Mom's sister Brat and her jovial wife to their farmhouse in rural Connecticut. This is a lovely story about love, grief, and the world's best bad dog. Great caring characters, and a class of welcoming students help Lydia begin to process her loss and begin to make her way back to a new life.— From Deb's Picks
“This sweet and heartwarming book is the perfect gift for anyone who’s ever lost something — or someone — precious. While the plot is simple, the characters and the timeless message of healing more than make up for it. There’s also a positive representation of a same-sex couple and elements of the famous story Marley & Me sprinkled throughout. But don’t worry, the ending isn’t nearly as devastating.”
— Jason Mills, The Book Bungalow, St. George, UT
A unique masterpiece about loss, love, and the world’s best bad dog, from award winner Leslie Connor, author of the National Book Award finalist The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle.
This novel sings about loss and love and finding joy in new friendships and a loving family, along with the world’s best bad dog. An uplifting middle grade novel about recovery featuring strong female characters, an adorable dog, and the girl who comes to love him.
It’s a life-altering New Year for thirteen-year-old Lydia when she uproots to a Connecticut farm to live with her aunt following her mother’s death.
Aunt Brat and her jovial wife, Eileen, and their ancient live-in landlord, Elloroy, are welcoming—and a little quirky. Lydia’s struggle for a sense of belonging in her new family is highlighted when the women adopt a big yellow dog just days after the girl’s arrival.
Wasn’t one rescue enough?
Lydia is not a dog person—and this one is trouble! He is mistrustful and slinky. He pees in the house, escapes into the woods, and barks at things unseen. His new owners begin to guess about his unknown past.
Meanwhile, Lydia doesn’t want to be difficult—and she does not mean to keep secrets—but there are things she’s not telling...
Like why the box of “paper stuff” she keeps under her bed is so important...
And why that hole in the wall behind a poster in her room is getting bigger...
And why something she took from the big yellow dog just might be the key to unraveling his mysterious past—but at what cost?
* Junior Library Guild Selection *
Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including two ALA Schneider Family Book Award winners, Waiting for Normal and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, which was also selected as a National Book Award finalist. Her other books include All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Crunch, and The Things You Kiss Goodbye. She lives in the Connecticut woods with her family and three rescue dogs. You can visit her online at www.leslieconnor.com.