Cally Fisher has learned that "Talking doesn't always make things happen, however much you want it to." It couldn't stop her mother from dying, and her father won't listen when she wants him not to sell their house, so she's stopped talking altogether. Then, she spots her mother — and the only other living soul who seems to see her is a mysterious wolfhound. When the dog returns every time the visions of her mother do, Cally becomes even more convinced that he offers some sort of special connection to her mom. How can Cally convince anyone that her mom is still with the family, or persuade her dad that the huge silver-gray dog belongs with them?
Praised by Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate as "graceful" and "miraculous," this Schneider Family Book Award-winning novel tells how one girl's friendship with a homeless dog mends a family's heart.
"Cally Fisher hasn't spoken for 31 days. As she explains in the prologue, 'Talking doesn't always make things happen, however much you want it to.' She knows that talking won't bring her mother back to life or keep her dad from selling their home in exchange for a small apartment so what's the point in saying anything. But when her mother appears one day wearing a bright red raincoat and the only other soul that sees her is a big scraggly dog, the girl knows she must find a way to convince her father that the dog is the only thing connecting them to her mother....Truly a lesson in the power of love and loss, this story shows that learning how to listen is more important than what's being said. This is a thought-provoking story that will speak to readers of all ages." -- Cheryl Ashton, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Jan 7, 2014|
|Publisher||Katherine Tegen Books|