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How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor

Book Summary

Georgina is stuck living in the family car and looking after her younger brother Toby while her mother works. A cash reward poster for a missing dog gets Georgina thinking - reward money sounds too good to resist.
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How to Steal a Dog

Book Review

This book has good characterization, and I liked the writing style. The protagonist makes an error - spoiler - she steals the dog. The ethical issues are logical for a child's mind, and not pounded at the reader - excellent treatment in that respect, but so frustrating! You know she's going to make the bad choice, she makes the bad choice and feels terrible and it just lasts and lasts, and you want her to do something else. The inevitability of it is hard to get through. I liked how the author dealt with the main character's embarrassment about poverty - a good reminder for teachers, parents of friends, and potential friends themselves to broaden expectations for and kindness to those around you.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Dogs
  • Poverty; Change in Fortune
  • Family Relationships
  • Ethics

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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