How to Steal a Dog

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5T4.034585
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
59 Book Reviews
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  • buttercupWednesday, May 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm
    sounds great!
    • sugar642
      sugar642Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 11:57 am55 stars
      very good but verry easy 4 me
      • peaunutbutterMonday, February 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm
        It sounds like a good book
        • pinkspotMonday, February 29, 2016 at 9:51 am
          this book is awesome!!!!!!!
          • ajordan
            ajordanMonday, February 29, 2016 at 7:29 am55 stars
            Would you steal a dog to get money? To live in a better place not a car. If you would, were would you put it, what food would you bring it, who would you tell, when would you take it back? This girl is not smart she dose't think about that. she wants a better life, wouldn't you?
            • mal45601
              mal45601Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6:13 am
              so farther the book is wonderful it was sad in the beginning of the story it started to be funny when the boy and his brother try to steal a dog and he try to write a book on how to steal a dog.
              • mherrera2
                mherrera2Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:33 am
                This book I am reading is really good. It's about a family without a dad that lives in a car. Their is a dog missing and also a reward of 500$. The girl tries to steal a dog and returns it back to the original owner. She does that because 500$ good enough to buy a house.
                • robotboy
                  robotboySaturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:35 am
                  this book is so good I need to get more of her books make sure Barbra O'Connor thank you Barbra y'all should read her book.
                  • meredith4
                    meredith4Friday, August 28, 2015 at 8:42 am
                    it sounds sad
                    • kladd
                      Mrs. LaddThursday, August 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm55 stars
                      It is a great read aloud and addresses the moral dilemma between doing what is right and what you need as a child. It is a great reading/response springboard for your students on a variety of topics.