How to Steal a Dog
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How to Steal a Dog

By Barbara O'Connor
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Half of me was thinking, Georgina, don’t do this. Stealing a dog is just plain wrong. The other half of me was thinking, Georgina, you’re in a bad fix and you got to do whatever it takes to get yourself out of it.
Georgina Hayes is desperate. Ever since her father left and they were evicted from their apartment, her family has been living in their car. With her mama juggling two jobs and trying to make enough money to find a place to live, Georgina is stuck looking after her younger brother, Toby. And she has her heart set on improving their situation. When Georgina spots a missing-dog poster with a reward of five hundred dollars, the solution to all her problems suddenly seems within reach. All she has to do is “borrow” the right dog and its owners are sure to offer a reward. What happens next is the last thing she expected.
With unmistakable sympathy, Barbara O’Connor tells the story of a young girl struggling to see what’s right when everything else seems wrong.
How to Steal a Dog is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published on April 27, 2009 by Square Fish
ISBN-10: 0312561121
ISBN-13: 9780312561123
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  • trinityp
    trinitypTuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:21 am5 stars
    this book has a mix about two feelings sad,happy,mad,even jealousy i love this book i recommend this book because it shows how a little girl and her little brother do something really bad because they think it will help them but at the end they find out it won't help them at all she finds out that she does the right thing that's when a miracle happened once she did the right thing her family moved into a house i think the moral of this story is always do the right thing and something good will happen even if nothing happens just be thankful for what you have.
    • gladisa
      gladisaTuesday, May 13, 2014 at 9:05 am
      I think that this book is cool because it haze bogs and funny things. I like we a story is like this I just love it it makes my happy. Like some times you want to know that what is go to happened. I love wen the story is cool and nice but some story's or Sade or mean.
      • naenae2003
        naenae2003Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm
        It is great so far I'm working on reading it!!!!!!!!!!!
        • andrew1205
          andrew1205Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1:50 pm
          Book review for how to steal a dog After Georgina, her mother, and her younger brother Toby find themselves without a place to stay because of her father throwing them onto the streets, they live in a van that they drive around town. Georgina decides to take matters into her own hands. She decides to steal a dog, then once the owner puts up a reward for the dog, give it back and take the money. This book is, "How to steal a dog," by Barbara O' Connor. This is a realistic fiction book that I chose because of the eye-catching title. My favorite passage in this book is her first list of instruction of how to steal a dog; How to Steal a Dog by Georgina Haynes Step 1: Find a Dog I like this passage because it begins her many steps of how to steal a dog. I connect to this book because I also have sympathy for dogs just as Georgina does. One exciting part of this book was when she found the perfect dog to steal. She pets the dog, and observes it in awe of how perfect it was. I recommend this book because of the clever storyline and epic plot twists. Read this book!
          • vflor
            vflorWednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm
            Georgina Hayes father left and only left them with a little bit of money and they got kicked out of there apartment.There other is trying to get a nice home for them and one time she does but the next day the door says KEEP OUT PRIVATE PROPERTY!!!!!!So Georgina steals a dog because she knows it will have a $500 dollar reward.Read to find out what Georgina will do this book is so awesome and sad.
            • sujin
              sujinMonday, April 22, 2013 at 3:57 am
              looks cute!
              • 20abutler
                20abutlerTuesday, December 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm5 stars
                I really loved this book! This book is about a girl named Georgina Hayes. Ever since her father left and they were kicked out of their apartment, they have lived in a car. The mother is trying to get enough money to find a place to live. Georgia sees a missing dog poster and a reward for 500 dollars, she gets an idea, she will "borrow" a dog. This book is amazing I really recommend it.
                • macandcheese
                  macandcheeseSaturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:49 am4 stars
                  I read this book last year in school and it was pretty good
                  • smurfy
                    smurfyThursday, November 1, 2012 at 6:31 am
                    Its about a poor family and just read it for your self its sad but a really good book
                    • tebowswife
                      tebowswifeMonday, October 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm
                      I liked the idea of this book but the actual book was terribly boring. It's about a girl who lives in her car and then she wants to get a home so she steals a dog and waits for the owner to put up a reward sign so she can claim the dog. This doesn't go exactly as planned though.......

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