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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Holt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780805098938224 Pages, Ages 8-12
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, in Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Georgia Children’s Book Award Master List, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Virginia Readers' Choice
TONY THE BOY
NO NO NO MAYBE
In my other life there were pit bulls.
The puppies weren't born vicious,
but Mom taught them how to bite,
turning meanness into money,
until she got caught.