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Author: Fusco, Kimberly Newton
Rosie lives with her tough-as-nails grandfather. And her beloved dog, Gloaty Gus, has just gone missing.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 190604
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.70
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 71878
Kirkus Reviews (+) (06/01/17)
School Library Journal (06/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/17)
The Hornbook (00/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2017 Gr 3–5—Rosie has had a very difficult year. That's what her fifth grade teacher writes in the comment section of her report card, and it's true. Until now, Rosie has lived a charmed existence with her doughnut shop—owning, book-loving father and her very bad (but very lovable) dog, Augustus. But then one terrible day, her father has a stroke and Rosie is forced to live with her tough-as-nails, anchovy-eating grandfather. Things become even more unbearable when her estranged mother makes a quick trip from California to get Rosie's life in order—and gives away Rosie's beloved Augustus and won't reveal where she sent him. As Rosie embarks on a relentless quest in search of her BFF, she encounters obstacles (her prickly grandpa, her rickety and dangerous bicycle, and the swirling grit that blows through the sandpit-ridden town where she lives), with little help from others. But Rosie won't quit, and her journey takes her to unexpected places. Readers' hearts will ache along with Rosie's as she struggles to find not only her dog but also love and belonging in her harsh surroundings. The slow pace may test readers' patience. But where the novel may lag in plot, it makes up for in character, with a fleet of unforgettable personalities who both guide and thwart Rosie. VERDICT This heartfelt tale with a rewarding ending will appeal to young fans of Kate DiCamillo, Holly Goldberg Sloan, and Jennifer Holm. Recommended for libraries serving middle grade readers.—Laura Lintz, Henrietta Public Library, Rochester, NY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.