Rock the Boat
A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy. The kennel has been JC's home ever since JC s new foster father locked them inside. As the hours and days pass, JC tells Boy about how he came to his country: his family, the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away. How, after, his adoptive mother his foster mother Melanie brought a new light into his life and brought him to her home country. He started to feel normal again. Until JC did something bad, so bad that he and Boy were banished to the kennel. Just before their punishment, just before the kennel. Now their Foster Father is getting sicker, Melody still isn't home, and JC and Boy realize that they have to try and escape.
Family Relationships; Foster care; Adoption; Family violence; foster father; adoptive mother; abusive foster father
foster mother and father
Carnegie Medal, 2018, Long List, Children's Book
Cybils Awards, 2017, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction
human-animal relationship; orphans; Haitian earthquake; dog
Sheehan, Nikki, "Goodnight, Boy" (2017). Diverse Families. 1175.