Olga Ivanov; Aleksey Ivanov
chapter book; novel in verse
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.
Family Relationships; Kinship care; Incarceration; great-uncle raising nephew; mother in prison
mother and great-uncle
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
man's best friend; rescue dog; innocent; learning to love; culture shock; Sierra, Nevada
Engle, Margarita, "Mountain Dog" (2014). Diverse Families. 1822.