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ISBN: 9781250044242240 Pages, Ages 8-12
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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
Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Maine Student Book Award Master List, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award, Virginia Readers' Choice, Georgia Children’s Book Award Master List, IACP Crystal Whisk Award - Nominee
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.