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Maggie & Oliver or A Bone of One's Own

Maggie & Oliver or A Bone of One's Own

Valerie Hobbs; illustrations by Jennifer Thermes

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Maggie is always full of questions. But a young maid in a fine lady's house isn't supposed to wonder so much, so one day Maggie is thrown out into the street with only a tiny heart-shaped locket for a keepsake. Who is the lady in the locket?

A little dog named Oliver is pushing his nose along an icy sidewalk searching for his lost mistress, or at least something to eat. No matter how hard he looks he can't find either one, but he does see a girl with round blue eyes and a golden locket. The girl calls him "Lucky."

And perhaps Lucky is the right name after all, for the little dog soon helps Maggie find a warm, wonderful home of her own—and one for him, too—in this book from Valerie Hobbs.

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With his long, wet tongue, Oliver licked and licked Bertie's cheek. "Wake up," his tongue said. "It's time to get up!"
But Bertie would not wake up. Her eyelids did not flutter. She did not groan and swat her hand at...


Praise for Maggie & Oliver or A Bone of One's Own

“Young fans of old-fashioned hard luck tales that end happily will snap this up.” —BCCB

“[An] optimistic ending about survival and friendship.” —Booklist

“This is Victoriana with no steampunk shenanigans and no tongues in cheeks, just well-orchestrated, straightforward storytelling for newish readers--with a bonus of warm pencil drawings reminiscent of Lois Lenski.” —Horn Book Magazine

“A warm story about friendship, but it's also an introduction to the treatment of children and animals in the early 1900s.” —School Library Journal

“A touching and emotionally satisfying foundling tale.” —Kirkus Reviews

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of MAGGIE & OLIVER or A Bone of One's Own. In 1905 Boston, a 10-year-old orphan finds herself on the streets (with a mysterious golden locket), as does a just-orphaned dog, in this heartwarming story about a search for home under rough conditions. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Valerie Hobbs; illustrations by Jennifer Thermes

Valerie Hobbs lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, Jack, and near her two amazing grandsons. She writes about dogs because she wants one of her own, but her ferocious cat, Molly, won't allow it.

Jennifer Thermes lives in an old house with her husband and children, three cats, one Dalmatian dog, and countless mice. She is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design.

Valerie Hobbs

Jennifer Thermes

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