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Hound Dog True
by Linda Urban
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 710L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Harcourt Children's Publishing
NO. PAGES: 160
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction
Kirkus Reviews - Best Children or Starred Review
ISBN: 0547558694
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop

The Story
Hound Dog True—Book Review

Mattie Breen keeps a notebook of "Custodial Wisdom" filled with observations about the work her Uncle Potluck does at Mitchell P. Anderson Elementary School. Advice such as, "do not let a mop sit overnight in water," and "fix things before they get too big for fixing" is all noted in Maddie's book. You see, she only has one week to convince her uncle to take her on as his custodial apprentice. In one week, she starts fifth grade at this new school and she will have be the new girl again. But if she works for her uncle, she'll be safe and won't have eat her lunches by herself or feel lonely at recess. She'll be helping her uncle. It is the perfect plan--until her plan doesn't quite work out the way she expected it to. It is then that she discovers that one small act of courage can lead to a friend who is hound dog true.
The Scoop
Hound Dog True—Book Review
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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.
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