This is a gorgeous book that captures the thoughts and feelings of a shy and sensitive girl perfectly. Fellow shy kids and worriers will appreciate Mattie's struggles. When the book begins, Mattie is a girl who has moved around a lot. Humiliated by a mean girl who read her special notebook where she kept her stories, Mattie stopped writing altogether. With the support and love of her uncle and an unexpected friend, Mattie courageously works through her fears. This is a feeling story and an emotional journey as the reader learns about what quiet and endearing Mattie is thinking, and what her hopes and fears are. For kids who are shy, Hound Dog True provides an inspiring heroine. For others, it is a great tool for understanding those who suffer from social anxiety.