Dirt

Title

Dirt

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9780545925853

Pages

224 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Eleven-year-old Yonder stopped talking when her mother died, and she stopped going to school because of the bullies, knowing that her father would never even notice (although the social worker did); indeed the only creature that seems to care about her is the one-eyed Shetland pony called Dirt who lives on the neighboring farm--so when she discovers that Dirt is about to be sold for horsemeat she is determined to find a way to save him.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

940L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Foster care; Single parent; Family member death; Poverty; Physical disability; Addiction; foster child; foster parents; single father; death of a parent; death of a mother; death; grief; loss; financial hardship; poor; alcoholism; mute; muteness; impoverised child; starvation

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

father

Keywords

bullying; pony; ponies; animals; therapy; social work; social worker; middle school; neglect; adversity; mental health; bravery; animal welfare

Diversity Impact

direct

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