Publication Date: September 24, 2019
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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
For fans of charming dog tales like Racing in the Rain and Because of Winn-Dixie, author Ali Standish delivers a moving and funny young middle grade stand-alone, based on her real-life rescue dog Bella. This lovable pup tries so hard to do things right, even when they turn out wrong. Told in Bella’s voice, the story of her journey to find a new family and true home, just in time for Christmas, will tug on your heartstrings.
Fans of classic dog tales like Hooper Finds a Family and Shiloh will fall in love with Ali Standish’s third remarkable novel for younger middle grade fans, about one extraordinary pup and her journey to find a new family and a true home just in time for Christmas.
Meet Bella, the very best dog a family could ask for.
Only her family, the McBrides, don’t see it that way. Ever since Mrs. McBride’s belly started growing, they don’t seem to appreciate the way Bella cleans the crumbs from the kitchen floor, or how she’s always willing to play fetch after a long day. And when Bella’s valiant attempt to save the Christmas tree ends in disaster, she finds herself being swiftly abandoned at the pound.
As the reality sinks in that she is unwanted, Bella is heartbroken. Where did she go wrong?
Things look bleak until a kind couple, the Roses, take Bella in. Her new life is filled with wonderful things like parks and snowballs, vanilla ice cream and the National Geographic channel.
But as the weather turns cold again, the Roses start acting strangely, and Bella wonders if she can really trust them. Do they actually love her, or is history about to repeat itself? And will Bella be able to find a true home in time for Christmas this year?
Told in Bella’s voice, this tender story is filled with sweetness, humor, and adventure that pulls at the heartstrings and warms the heart.
Back matter includes photos of the real-life Bella and an author’s note featuring Bella’s backstory, as well as a call to action for readers that provides ways to help shelter animals.