Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me

Title

Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me

Authors

D. J. Smith

Publisher

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Publication Year

2011

ISBN

9781416905424

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Paolo's plan for August in Orange Grove City is to hire out his little brother to the neighbors. Georgie is six; he needs a manager. But then the family dog, Rufus, is stolen. Overnight, Paolo is trying to manage not just Georgie, but their deaf cousin, Billy, who speaks only with his hands; Henry, a strange vacation visitor whom the boys discover living locked in his aunt's attic; and Butter Schwartz, a lonely, half-wild schemer with a paper route. The last two are definite dognapping suspects...To top it all, a girl with a big-time crush on Paolo won't let him be, day or night, crisis or no crisis. For her, missing Rufus is nothing to snaring Paolo, who has met his match as a manager. The solution to the mystery of Rufus, the threat of Theresa, and the future must rest in Billy's hands.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

950L

Diversity Topics

Disability and Health; Physical disability; deaf; deaf child; mute; mute child

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother, father, and grandfather

Awards

Northern California Book Award, 2007, Finalist, Children's Literature
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, Supplement, 2007
Children's Choices, 2007 Grades 5-6 Book of the Year
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to Ninth Edition, 2007

Keywords

sign language; ASL; adventure; ghost; small town; detectives; crushes; dogs

Diversity Impact

indirect

Probably the World's Best Story About a Dog and the Girl Who Loved Me

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