Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
A story about small acts of courage from the author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect.
Do not let a mop sit overnight in water. Fix things before they get too big for fixing. Custodial wisdom: Mattie Breen writes it all down. She has just one week to convince Uncle Potluck to take her on as his custodial apprentice at Mitchell P. Anderson Elementary School. One week until school starts and she has to be the new girl again. But if she can be Uncle Potluck’s apprentice, she’ll have important work to do during lunch and recess. Work that will keep her safely away from the other fifth graders. But when her custodial wisdom goes all wrong, Mattie’s plan comes crashing down. And only then does she begin to see how one small, brave act can lead to a friend who is hound dog true.
Age Range: 9 and up
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Sandpiper (November 6, 2012)
Source: Library audiobook
About the Author:
I’ve always been interested in small things. Tiny gestures, phrases, moments that can seem insignificant to one person and hugely important to someone else. In my books, I write about the small things that matter in a big way.
It’s official. I’m a fan of Linda Urban.
What a sweet little book! I really love this story about a young girl and her seemingly insurmountable shyness. Maybe it is just the fact that I can relate so well to the story, but I love the way Ms. Urban captures the personality and thoughts of an introverted young girl. The characters in this book are fantastic. I love the way Quincy looks past Mattie’s quiet demeanor and continues to befriend her. Quincy accepts Mattie the way she is, and even helps her overcome some of her fears.
This is not the type of book that everyone will love, but I sure did.
Linda Urban is also the author of A Crooked Kind of Perfect.