Lila and Hadley

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Sometimes life knocks you down and then steps back and gives you a big kick just to finish you off.  That's pretty much how Hadley feels.

Hadley's mom just got put into jail for stealing from her employer.  That means Hadley doesn't have a home any more so she is going to move in with her older sister, Beth, who she hasn't seen for years.

At the same time Hadley is feeling abandoned by her mother, her vision is getting really bad and actually she is going legally blind.

You might understand why Hadley is angry and why Hadley is rude to pretty much everyone she meets.

So, exactly what does life intend for Hadley to do this summer?  Turns out this summer will have a whole lot to do with a dog that no one wants to rescue and that no one can train to do anything...until Hadley comes along.

This is a story about being angry at the world and being angry at the people who were supposed to love and take care of you.  This is a story about giving up trusting people ...and maybe giving up trusting animals, too.  This is a story about a dog, Lila, a pitbull who is down on her luck. Lila has pretty much given up on trusting any more humans too.

Sometimes you need a friend who is so sad she can really understand what you're going through...really understand it.  That's what Hadley needs and that's what Lila needs.

So, how's that gonna work out?

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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Can a lost girl save a found dog? Find out in this unforgettable story about discovering true friendship, finding home, and the possibilities of forgiveness.

Hadley is angry about a lot of things: Her mom going to jail. Having to move to another state to live with her older sister, Beth, even though they haven't spoken in five years. Leaving her friends and her school behind. And going blind.

But then Hadley meets Lila.

Lila is an abandoned dog who spends her days just quietly lying around at the local dog rescue where Beth works. She doesn't listen to directions or play with the other dogs or show any interest in people. So when Lila comes and sits by Hadley (which is hardly anything, but it's more than she's done with others), Beth thinks maybe Hadley can help Lila. She tells Hadley they'll bring Lila home as a foster dog and Hadley can teach her to follow commands, walk on a leash, and be more of a people dog so she'll be ready to be adopted.

Only working with Lila is harder than Hadley thought, and so is the mobility training she starts taking to help with her failing vision. It feels like Lila is too stubborn to train and like learning to use a cane is impossible. But unless Hadley can help Lila, she'll never be adopted into a home. If Hadley could just let go of her anger, she might be able to save Lila... and herself.---from the publisher

256 pages              978-1338306095                 Ages 8-12

Keywords:  animal rescue, dogs, anger, abandonment, moving, new experiences, new school,  home, friendship, prison, forgiveness, blindness, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, persistence, self reliance, humor, overcoming adversity

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