Mountain Dog

Title

Mountain Dog

Authors

Margarita Engle

Illustrator

Olga Ivanov; Aleksey Ivanov

Publisher

Square Fish

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9781250044242

Pages

240 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book; novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Tony's mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move―Tony's new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against a remote and remarkable backdrop, the scars from Tony's troubled past begin to heal.With his Tió and a search-and-rescue dog named Gabe by his side, he learns how to track wild animals, is welcomed to the Cowboy Church, and makes new friends at the Mountain School. Most importantly though, it is through Gabe that Tony discovers unconditional love for the first time.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

990L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Kinship care; Incarceration; great-uncle raising nephew; mother in prison

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Hispanic

Family Formation

mother and great-uncle

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2013, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
International Latino Book Award, 2014, Honorable Mention, Best Young Adult Book
Parents' Choice Award, 2013, Silver, Fiction
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014 Nine to Twelve-Fiction-Adventure and Mystery
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2013
NYC Reads 365, 2015 Grade 5th - 6th

Keywords

man's best friend; rescue dog; innocent; learning to love; culture shock; Sierra, Nevada

Diversity Impact

direct

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