Hound Dog True by Linda Urban (Harcourt/2011)
Fifth grader Mattie Breen has moved countless times – every time Mama feels like the going gets tough. This time they’ve moved in with Uncle Potluck. Mattie has a plan – as she accompanies him on his rounds as janitor at her soon-to-be new school, she decides she will prove herself a useful custodial apprentice and maybe he will allow her to continue working with him during recess and lunch so she will not have to face being friendless. She keeps notes in her notebook – the same kind of notebook she used to write stories in before something happened at her last school to make her stop. When Quincy Sweet visits her aunt next door, Mattie would like to avoid her, but it seems impossible. Could Quincy be another girl to make her feel bad? Or could Quincy be a friend?
A story about a painfully shy girl, who wants a friend, but doesn’t know how to go about making one. I was cheering her on the entire time. Heart-warming with touches of humor, this is a fabulous story about being brave.
I loved Linda Urban’s debut book, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, and was so happy to read this one! I can’t wait for her next!