Ten-year-old Mattie Breen is dreading her first day at Mitchell P. Anderson Elementary School. Mattie and her mother have moved many times, so she is used to being the new girl, but her painful shyness makes it difficult for her to make friends. Mattie also feels more lost than usual because she has given up writing stories after an unpleasant incident at her previous school. But maybe, just maybe, things won't be so bad this time. Mattie's uncle, Uncle Potluck, is the Director of Custodial Arts at her new school. If Mattie can convince him to take her on as his custodial apprentice, then she can spend her free time with him instead of having to socialize with other kids.
"You can't have brave without scared," Mattie's new principal tells her. Will Mattie succeed in her plan to avoid interacting with
the kids in her new school? Or will she find the courage to do a small brave thing and make a new friend, and maybe even start writing stories again? Full of richly drawn characters, Hound Dog True is a gentle, moving story about a sensitive young girl who learns to open up to others and find her voice.
Recommended by: Cassandra Malik, Children's Instructor and Research Specialist, Maryland, USA