Girl With A White Dog


Jessie’s luck seems to have changed. She’s been charged with caring for her grandmother’s new white puppy! Yet something not right with Jessie’s grandmother. She’s behaving oddly. Meanwhile her cousin doesn’t seem to want to know her, even in their shared classes. The village is changing too. It seems there are people who say the reason Jessie’s Dad has to work away is because of foreign workers. Is this true?
Suddenly, Girl With A White Dog has a lot on her mind. How can Jessie make sense of the world about her? Then again, how can she support her grandmother best? Bookwagon loves and recommends Girl With a White Dog.


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Girl With A White Dog

Anne Booth


Jessie can’t remember when she hasn’t longed for a dog. However,  times are tough and her father’s having to work away. It seems that the local villagers say foreign workers are taking all the jobs. That’s why there are none for local people. What is the truth?
Then again,  Jessie’s grandmother suddenly charges Jessie with the responsibility of caring for a new white puppy It means that Jessie thinks her luck has changed. However, her grandmother is unwell and forgetful. It means that she’s urging Jessie to help  in ways her family don’t understand. Then again, not everyone in Jessie’s family is as understanding of her grandmother’s condition as Jessie. For example Jessie’s cousin, with whom she once had a happy relationship. Suddenly, she’s blanking Jessie at school and seeking out the ‘cool crowd’.  There’s a lot for the Girl With A White Dog to work out.
Anne Booth demonstrates such insight and care in this middle grade novel. It means that we know how Jessie feels and empathise with her. What’s more, we are determined that we know what is happening around her and that Jessie receives the support and response she deserves. Like Every Cloud, this is a sincere story that gets beneath the surface of the issues it considers.
Girl With A White Dog‘ is a truly special, unforgettable and subtle message spinning work. I read it in one sitting. Bookwagon could not recommend it highly enough as a title likely to be beloved by every reader.


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