It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Middle Grade Literature

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/31/22

Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading.  Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Bella’s Dog Pick of the Week 

Wanting to spread the dog love, Beagles and Books has a weekly feature of highlighting a literary selection with a canine character.

Looking for True by Tricia Springstubb

11 year old Jude and Gladys live close to each other, attend the same school, and their paths have never crossed.  It’s not surprising since their personalities are as different as night and day, but when they each see the same dog being mistreated by its owner on a walk, both their hearts are touched.

When Jude and Gladys officially meet each other, they see the dog with its mean owner and their hearts hurt once again. Not long after, Gladys discovers that the dog has run away and enlists Jude to help find the pup she calls True Blue. Miraculously, they find True Blue but with Gladys’ dad allergic and Jude’s mom fearful, True Blue cannot live with either of them. Their only option is to temporarily hide her in the fortress, an abandoned house across the railroad tracks. Despite all the obstacles, will Jude and Gladys be true to True Blue and each other? 

Told in alternating chapters from Jude’s and Gladys’ point of view, Looking for True is a story with poses good questions to readers.

  • Is it more important to be safe or be with someone you love?
  • Is there good in everybody even if you can’t see it? 
  • Can there be two definitions of the same person?
  • Could a wish work with no star at night?

With themes of family and friendship, Looking for True is a touching middle grade novel that teaches us that sometimes you have to first follow your heart and then figure it out. I love how Jude and Gladys learn so much about themselves through their relationship with True Blue. Thanks to the author and publisher of sharing an ARC. Looking for True celebrates its book birthday tomorrow on November 1, 2022. 

Bella and I thank you for visiting Beagles and Books!

“People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story.”
Jim Butcher
#IMWAYR is dedicated to dear Etta, my original book beagle. Blessed that Etta is part of my story.

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