Baby

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Baby is a teenager in trouble, and her last chance is a foster home with a couple whose idea of fun is dog sledding. Still, it beats going to the juvenile detention center. Baby comes to love the dogs and takes naturally to sledding, but when her old boyfriend, Bobby, shows up, she can't stop herself from running off with him. Life with Bobby goes bad, and Baby has to make some hard decisions.
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Baby is a teenager in trouble, and her last chance is a foster home with a couple whose idea of fun is dog sledding. Still, it beats going to the juvenile detention center. Baby comes to love the dogs and takes naturally to sledding, but when her old boyfriend, Bobby, shows up, she can't stop herself from running off with him. Life with Bobby goes bad, and Baby has to make some hard decisions.
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Editorial Reviews

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* "Monniger takes a fairly standard foster-kid plot and revivifies it through his spare and finely-honed style. . . . [Readers] will find the trip warming beneath its crisp exterior." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"The prose style is spare, evoking the harsh winter landscape. A new setting for a somewhat familiar theme." --Kirkus Reviews

"This wonderful coming-of-age novel has at its heart the healing power of nature. . . . Well-written." --School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Gr 7-10 This wonderful coming-of-age novel has at its heart the healing power of nature. Baby, 15, has been abandoned by her alcoholic mother and lives by her wits. She winds up in northern New Hampshire in yet another foster home, this time with an understanding couple who race sled dogs and an opportunity to change the downward spiral of her life. In this well-written tale, the author skillfully utilizes his love and understanding of sledding to weave a story of the redemptive and restorative power of animals. Baby learns to care for the dogs and to run them; she begins to gain a sense of responsibility and to trust again, and she is forced to make some difficult decisions about herself and her place in the world. The vividly described racing scenes will make readers want to trek north to experience a competition or two.-Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
Baby has just arrived at the Potters' home in New Hampshire, cynical about her caseworker Cindy and the entire foster system, and hopeful that her mother or her boyfriend Bobby will come to the rescue. Fred and Mary Potter live a simple life off the land, racing dogs in the pristine snows of New England. Baby has a natural affinity for one dog in particular, pure white Alaskan husky Laika. Through Laika's affection and the Potters' unconditional acceptance, Baby finds peace and healing after an unsuccessful attempt to return to the life she once knew. Flashbacks to Baby's earlier years are incorporated into the narrative well, although forward momentum suffers considerably when dog stories from around the world are introduced. The prose style is spare, evoking the harsh winter landscape. A new setting for a somewhat familiar theme. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590785027
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 173
  • Sales rank: 1,412,065
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Monninger is the author of eight novels and numerous stories and articles. He lives and teaches in New Hampshire. His most recent adult novel, Two Ton, is about "Two Ton" Tony Galento, who knocked boxing heavyweight champion Joe Louis to the ground during a match.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    TEENS READ TOO IS WRONG THIS IS REALLY BAD

    they think this is good they should of been burned down

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Holly for TeensReadToo.com

    It's Baby's last chance with foster parents before she's shipped off to a juvenile detention center. <BR/><BR/>Baby may believe that meeting Bobby is the best thing that ever happened to her. But it happens when Baby's finally at a wonderful place in her life, and Bobby starts to take her away from it all. <BR/><BR/>Under Bobby's influence, Baby will do just about anything, even take her foster parents, Mary and Fred's, most prized possession -- a sled dog. Her life is spiraling out of control, and drug dealings and addictions eventually lead Bobby straight behind bars. <BR/><BR/>Baby is once again abandoned, this time with nothing but a pack of cigarettes to her name. <BR/><BR/>What path is Baby going to take? Her new life of safety, or a life of running and sleeping on the streets, using drugs? <BR/><BR/>BABY tells a great story of real life adventure. I recommend it to everyone, especially those who are interested in stories dealing with important "What if?" issues.

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