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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.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published on March 20, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374334978
ISBN-13: 9780374334970
72 Book Reviews
  • mha_lover13
    mha_lover136 months
    I love funny looking books that also are about animals so I.chose.this. Hahaha I also kinda think that how to steel a dog is intreaging so I was like well why not see what it says about it 😂 sorry for spelling errors I burnt my finger and yhea. So I used all my words but
    • piggie101
      piggie101over 2 years44 stars
      This is a good book for fifth grades because the vocabulary is easy but challenging so this is a great book for every grade it has a engrossing story you feel the characters struggles and the book is just amazing. 4 stars
      • Elizabethover 2 years
        i like this book because mealdoy is like me sometimes
        • danceing_queen
          danceing_queenalmost 3 years55 stars
          Because it's such a humor book . she is a good character and she have lots of feelings in this book and it give so much details .
          • bookstory14
            bookstory14over 3 years55 stars
            This story teaches you the plain "wrong" from just plain WRONG. I read this book a while ago, but I really liked it. It also teaches you that sometimes things aren't what they seem.
            • Angelicaover 3 years
              this is a great book its a wonderful story i mean how do these people write these books how ever they did they need to keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • Landonover 3 years
                want it
                • puggirl
                  puggirlover 3 years55 stars
                  Book was so good and funny and funny and funny and funny and funny it was really really really really funny and I really really
                  • sparklingirl
                    sparklingirlover 4 years
                    toby is hilarious
                    • sparklingirl
                      sparklingirlover 4 years
                      great book i want to read it again