A big-hearted story about the meaning of friendship, the challenges of growing up, and one lovable runaway dog.
Barbara O'Connor was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. She has written many award-winning books for children, including Wish, How to Steal a Dog, and The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester. barbaraoconnor.com
"Featuring sympathetic characters and a gratifying resolution, this novel by O'Connor celebrates friendship human and canine alike." --Publishers Weekly "A richly satisfying exploration of the logic and determination with which children work to make things right." --Kirkus Reviews "Mavis, Rose, and Henry all find that true, lasting friendship develops with time, trust, and a number of setbacks to overcome along the way. . .The honest but awkward new friendship between Rose and Mavis is heartwarming, but Henry's story is the one that will break sensitive readers' hearts and keep them turning the pages to get to the happy ending." --School Library Journal "What distinguishes this novel is its depth of characterization, how O'Connor shows readers who the characters are rather than telling them. . .This heartwarming novel also demonstrates that while dogs may be revered as man's best friend, there's no substitute for the human kind." --The Horn Book