Finding Danny

Finding Danny

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by Linzi Glass
     
 

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Twelve-year-old Bree Davies is devastated when her beloved Border Collie, Danny, goes missing after her mom leaves the gate open to their Santa Monica home. In her search to find Danny, Bree is thrust into the world of animals in need. With the help and guidance of animal rescuer Rayleen, Bree's heart is opened to the plight of the dogs in the downtown Vox Street

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Twelve-year-old Bree Davies is devastated when her beloved Border Collie, Danny, goes missing after her mom leaves the gate open to their Santa Monica home. In her search to find Danny, Bree is thrust into the world of animals in need. With the help and guidance of animal rescuer Rayleen, Bree's heart is opened to the plight of the dogs in the downtown Vox Street shelter. Before long, her emptiness about her own loss shifts into action – and her quest to find Danny and her newfound mission to save the shelter dogs soon become one.

Longtime animal rescuer Linzi Glass has crafted a singular story of finding oneself in the search for finding another, a compelling emotional journey as well as a call-to-action for animal-lovers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
Bree Davies is a twelve year old who begrudges the tremendous amount of time her parents spend away from home. With her mom's job as a television reporter and her dad's job as a journalist, they never seem to have any time left for her. What is her greatest consolation and comfort? It is a dog named Danny, who is everything to Bree. So, when Bree's mom accidentally leaves the gate open and Danny gets out, it is a perfect set-up for Bree to hold an ENORMOUS grudge against her mother. While out searching for Danny, she instinctively prevents another dog from getting hit by a car, resulting in a friendship with a woman named Rayleen. Rayleen is a sweet, soulful woman whose mission in life is saving dogs. She recognizes this kindred spirit in Bree and encourages her to help at the animal shelter, which Bree takes to readily. With this new volunteer job, Bree now has three passions: a boy named Ashton, finding homes for abandoned dogs, and complaining about her parents, especially her mom. Bree just wants her dog, her parents back, and her life to return to normal. Pre- and early-teen females who have loved and lost a favored pet will relate to Bree's quest; while they may not be able to relate to her privileged life, they can at least understand her enormous sense of loss on so many levels. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
Kirkus Reviews
Only child Bree, 12 years old, feels all but abandoned by her career-driven parents: Her father is a writer who travels a great deal, and her mother is a broadcast journalist hoping to move up to an anchor position. When her mom loses their Border collie, Danny, it seems like the final blow, proof of her mother's narcissism and lack of interest. While searching for the lost dog, Bree is befriended by quirky, drawling Southerner Rayleen, an animal rescuer who introduces the girl to animal shelters and the plight of "red-lined" pets, due for imminent euthanasia. Thinking of Danny, Bree finds a way to make a big difference. The heartbreaking plight of lost and abandoned animals is real; unfortunately, the characters and dialogue in this superficial effort are flat and predictable, significantly diminishing the impact. An additional subplot follows both Bree's budding romance with a classmate, Ashton, who shares parent problems, and her friendship issues with two girlfriends, but even the inclusion of these typical tween issues fails to elevate the novel beyond average. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062001481
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,011,396
File size:
349 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Linzi Glass is the author of two critically acclaimed novels for young adult readers, The Year the Gypsies Came and Ruby Red. When not writing books, she spends her time as a writing instructor and animal rescuer. Ms. Glass lives in Santa Monica, California, with her many rescue dogs and has a college-age daughter, Jordan.

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Finding Danny 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the most adorable book i have ever read!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad but the ending is great and so is the entire book
DAVID HIGH More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I've ever read! It teaches young readers about community service. I highly recemend it to girls who love dogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book made
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have it in paperback...read it in two days ....finished it yesterday......i couldnt keep my eyes off of it.......finding danny is full of suspense and twelve year old bree davies love for her dog danny..... it made me happy when they found danny except for the fact that he got hit by a car....it made me happy that he lived though MISTY
Ricky1818 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful way to introduce children to animal rescue. Bree's heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant foray into the world of rescue is real and compelling. This is a book that parents will also want to read -- not only to discuss with their children, but because it's absorbing for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you love dogs? You should read this book. This book would tell you that don’t just worry about your problems but worry about other people as well.    Bree Davies was a young girl who loved her dog. But one day her mom had accidently left the gate opened and the dog slipped out. The dog was Danny. This story is a journey that Bree takes to find her dog. On the way she meets some friends and helps more dogs.    I absolutely loved this book. I like dogs so that is one reason why. But also I loved that Bree worked hard to help other dogs as well as her dog.    I think anyone could read this. But if you love dogs you should definitely read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. I think that you should read this book if you haven't already read it. If i was to give this book a review i would have gave it five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!! If you love dogs, thej this is the best book out thete for you!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First lame name second i love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Great for dog lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!
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I luv puppies
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a wonderful book thoughtful.It made me cry but it was also very happy.
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Tbone2411 More than 1 year ago
This book insipres peaople to go out and do everything in your power to help people,elderly, and animals.Ilove my dog and it makes me even happier to have him and to be able to cuddle with him.While other people dont have something to feel safe with and to hold onto when scared.
NikkiRenay More than 1 year ago
Finding Danny is a very good book about a girl named Bree who looses her dog named Danny and while trying to find him, she makes a differenc at her local shelter. I would recommend this book to any aanimal loverr out there. So this book is now one of my favofites
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If you want a good book with a touch of emotion and funny, then this book is perfect for you. I would definitely read any other books by this author when I find one. This story did move me. This book is for someone who really wants an easy read and a book that they can just sit down and read.
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ReadingDivaInLA More than 1 year ago
An enlightening look into the world of animal rescue and shelters, this is the perfect book for any parent hoping to teach their child the importance of giving back. Lyrical, engaging and inspirational, "Finding Danny" is a must read for any age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Neither you nor your child should miss this book. It is a lovely and evocative tale of a young girl's attempt to find meaning and purpose in her chaotic life. Animal lovers will be thrilled; readers will be charmed by Linzi Glass' command of imagery and language. Highly recommended!