Little Dog, Lost is written in prose. A dog is living in the country with her owners. She is loved and well cared for until the family has to move to the city. They leave her with an older woman in a small town who doesn’t really like dogs or know how to care for them. Meanwhile, Mark, a boy in town has always wanted a dog. His mother is afraid of dogs and will not allow him to own one. The dog digs his way under the fence and goes looking for his old owner. Mark decides to go to the town council to ask for a dog park. He enlists his friends to help. Discover what happens when you add in the Mayor (his mother), a reclusive neighbor, a thunderstorm, a cat named Fido, and Buddy, the Little Dog, Lost. One of the prevailing themes is loneliness. Find out if the town gets a dog park and if Buddy gets a new home.
This is the long awaited prequel to Jerry Spinelli’s book, Fourth Grade Rats, which was written in 1993. Ever since Kindergarten, George “Suds” Morton has been looking forward to 3rd grade. At school there is a chant: First Grade Babies, Second Grade Cats, Third Grade Angels, Fourth Grade Rats. On the first day of school, Suds’ 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Simms, greets everyone saying, “Welcome, angel Brett, Welcome angel Emma.” She knows every child by name. They are expected to behave kindly at all times and someone will earn a halo each week. Rules are written and expectations are discussed. Suds wants desperately to be the first in the class to earn the halo, and discovers how hard it is to be on your best behavior at school and home. His sister, Zippernose, is one of his biggest challenges. Does the teacher have spies watching when they are out of her sight? Does he have to be good at home too? What about Joey, the class mischief-maker? Then there is Judy, the girl Suds loves from afar. This is a 3rd grade class to enjoy!