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Publisher's Summary

Barbara O’Connor’s How to Steal a Dog blew critics away and quickly became a fan-favorite.

After being abandoned by her father, Georgina Hayes is forced to spend much of her time watching her younger brother, while their mother works two jobs to make ends meet. When she sees a missing-dog poster offering a $500 reward, Georgina cooks up a scheme to steal a look-a-like dog and claim the reward. But things don’t quite go as planned.

©2007 Barbara O'Connor (P)2012 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

“Though set inside a heavy topic, this novel’s gentle storytelling carries a theme of love and emphasizes what is really right in the world.” (School Library Journal, starred review)

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very good

loved it and it had some very touching parts. it helps you know what a kid could go through if they are homeless

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The story ends but lasts

Although I'm not a English-speaking person and also not good at English, It's quite easy for me to hear and understand the whole story then I thought.

I've never expected this story could touch my heart so deeply. But at the end of the it, I felt something inside of me beating. I was deeply touched.

After hearing this audiobook I have a strong desire to READ the book soon later. It will be another kind of pleasure.

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  • James
  • CRESCENT CITY, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 08-20-12

Sensitizing

What made the experience of listening to How to Steal a Dog the most enjoyable?

In reading "How To Steal A Dog" I was looking for a fun, escape type, read that might also help me think about a family member of mine that is not successful in life. The book was light hearted and fun, while reflecting a view of homelessness that I had never thought of, namely an adolescent view. Teenagers have enough to deal with in our culture with out adding homelessness to the mix. I enjoyed the basic ideas put forth by the daughter, because they sensitized me, somewhat, to both the presence and problems of homeless teens.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I enjoyed the ending, because it revitalized old maxims of hard work, faith in goodness, and honesty. These are shmultzy ideas, but I think our world has lost faith in them. We might have even lost sight of them. Does anyone value "hard work"?

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the discovery of a repaired car. Again it is shmultzy, but actually true enough in real life. I have personally benefited from the ravings of a homeless man once in my life. I found that odd.

Any additional comments?

I only rated this story with three stars, because it is ultimately a distasteful idea, namely the idea of stealing a pet. It never really overcame the horror of that. I did enjoy the book and may read it again someday, but only lightly recommend it.

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Not Our Cup of Tea

Didn't like the narrators voice in recording, also didn't like the book narrator much, the writing was repetitive and a bit melodramatic. I liked the topic, but not the treatment of it.

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Love this book

Fantastic book that I would recommend to both children and adults. You won't be disappointed. Heart wrenchingly beautiful!

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Sweet Child's Lessons Learned

I loved the story and it's lessons. I loved the voice of the narrator as well.

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  • Rebekah
  • Brookeville, MD, United States
  • 09-06-13

Amazing book!!!

Would you listen to How to Steal a Dog again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this book again

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Omg this is the book to get it wants u to never leave the book

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved it

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How to steal a Dog

Overall: Great book with lots of climaxes
performance: Great narrating
Story: Great book with lots of climaxes

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never steal a dog!

well, if you enjoyed this book, you may no the dog stealing. I don't do that because I will have a bad feeling. what do you think?

0 of 2 people found this review helpful