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Gaby, Lost and Found
     

Gaby, Lost and Found

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by Angela Cervantes
 

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Wanted: One amazing forever home for one amazing sixth grader.

"My name is Gaby, and I'm looking for a home. Having the nicest clothes or cell phone isn't important, but I'd like to have a cat that I can talk to when I'm home alone."

When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption

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Wanted: One amazing forever home for one amazing sixth grader.

"My name is Gaby, and I'm looking for a home. Having the nicest clothes or cell phone isn't important, but I'd like to have a cat that I can talk to when I'm home alone."

When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Her flyers help the cats and dogs there find their forever homes: places where they'll be loved and cared for, no matter what.

Gaby is in need of a forever home herself. Her mother has recently been deported to Honduras and Gaby doesn't know where to turn. Meanwhile, Gaby's favorite shelter cat, Feather, needs a new place to live. Gaby would love to adopt her-- but if Gaby doesn't have a place that feels like home to her, how can she help Feather?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
"Animales depend on us to take care of them," Gaby's mom often told her, and now that she is gone, Gaby takes comfort in helping the cats in her neighborhood. When her classmates vote for their school service project to be at the local animal shelter, Gaby is pleased. She loves spending time with the dogs and cats, especially Feather, a soft tabby whose owners abandoned her at a highway rest stop. When her best friend Alma and their teacher, Mrs. Kocher, recommend Gaby become the "shelter scribe" and pen profiles of the adoptable animals, she is delighted. She pours her heart into settling on the perfect words for each personality, so that the pets can be matched with homes that will meet their needs. At the same time, Gaby feels as though she is struggling to find a home of her own. Her mom was deported to her native country of Honduras more than three months ago. Her dad came to take care of her, but he is seldom home; worse, his job-quitting habit means bills go unpaid, there is little food in the house, and even less money for other necessities. Will the process of being a voice for her animal friends' needs help Gaby develop the ability to voice her own needs too? Can Gaby regain a sense of security in a home without her mother? Cervantes' narrative is an expressive, honest account of rebuilding in the face of heartache. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
Gr 5�8—When Gaby Ramirez Howard's mother is deported back to Honduras, the sixth-grader's life is anything but stable. Her father often forgets to purchase food, but worse, neglects his daughter emotionally. She is an outcast at St. Ann's where classmates tease her about her family life. With everything falling apart, the protagonist finds strength and self-confidence in the class service project at their local animal shelter. She showcases her writing skills, creating individual profiles for each animal. Although her life parallels many of the abandoned pets, Gaby takes on the role of protector and defender. Her profiles and hard work help many animals find a new home and a true family, something that Gaby is lacking. The plot and tone are spiced with Spanish words along with tidbits of Honduran culture. The author humanizes the controversial issue of illegal immigration and paints an emotionally compelling story. The short chapters and simple plot will keep readers engaged. Kids will be initially attracted by the animal-shelter theme but ultimately maintain interest due to Gaby's absorbing story. The novel provides a glimpse into the lives of young people growing up in modern society, and is a welcome addition to middle-school collections.—Mary-Brook J. Townsend, The McGillis School, Salt Lake City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Gaby Ramirez Howard faces the same ups and downs as any 11-year-old girl, but they are made more complicated by her mother's absence. Three months ago, the factory where Gaby's mother worked was raided, and she was deported to Honduras, a country Gaby has never seen. Though she lives with her dad, Gaby basically parents herself with the help of her friend Alma's family. Her physical and emotional needs are barely met at home. Gaby's world brightens when her class begins a long-term volunteer project at the Furry Friends animal shelter. Like her mom, Gaby is an animal lover, and she develops her writing talent by crafting adoption profiles for the cats and dogs. Although bullies torment her with taunts of "illegal" and "alien," caring adults in the community and strong friendships empower the resilient Gaby to find her voice. Readers from many backgrounds will empathize with Gaby's struggle to do what is right for the animals she has come to love at Furry Friends, as well as with her suffering, as she wonders if and when her mother will make the journey back to the United States. Cervantes' debut novel presents young readers with an age-appropriate glimpse of what happens when immigration status separates families. A timely, touching and nuanced portrayal of real-life challenges experienced by children in mixed-status families. (Fiction. 8-12)
From the Publisher

Praise for GABY, LOST AND FOUND:

"A timely, touching and nuanced portrayal of real-life challenges experienced by children in mixed-status families." --Kirkus Reviews

"A timely and important story about immigration, deportation, and abandonment wrapped in a warm-hearted tale that will appeal to all." --Sonia Manzano, Emmy Award-winning actress who plays “Maria” on Sesame Street and Pura Belpre Honor Award winning author of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

"A tender debut that is heartbreaking and heartwarming." --Diana Lopez, author of
Confetti Girl

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545489454
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
637,878
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Angela Cervantes is a writer and poet. Her poems and short stories have appeared in The Kansas City Star and Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. She currently lives and writes in Kansas City where she founded the Latino Writers Collective.

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Gaby, Lost and Found 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello my name is Gaby Ramirez Howard I am a girl who volunteers at the local animal shelter. I don`t care about having the best clothes, most expensive phone, or even the best of houses. I LOVE animals I want to adopt a cat at the shelter. I want my mother to come home but for now I am stuck with my very inattentive dad. I feel just like I am like one of the animals at the shelter. Angela Cervantes is trying to show us is that not all people are not as lucky as us. Gaby lost and found is a great and heartwarming book it tells of immigration and a girl who loves to volunteer, and may not have the best of everything, but she has the biggest heart. We could all learn a thing or two from Gaby.Angela Cervantes is a poet, storyteller and animal-lover; she was born in Kansas, most of her childhood was spent in Topeka, Kansas living in the Mexican-American community of Oakland. Gaby Ramirez Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. She plays with the kittens, helps to obedience train the dogs, and writes adoption advertisements so that the strays who live there can find their forever homes: places where they'll be loved and cared for, no matter what.Gaby lost and found is a great and heartwarming book. Angela Cervantes is trying to show us is that not all people are not as lucky as us. That we should be happy with what we have and not complain when we don’t get what we what, that is what it is want not need. A truly good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is reccomended to cat lovers,orphans or people that have divored parents
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beutiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks interesting. Maybe I'll ask my you know who to buy it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it but it is sad and happy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think it is a great book i recomind it please read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best books i have ever read and that is pretty good coming from someone who reads like 24 7
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey orion:);):)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"YAY CONFETTI!!!!"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Partyvat the Maze runner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gtg bbt
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Hru
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dare u to kiss emily (sorry first thing tat popped in my head)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why else would we be here?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is anyone on?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m a sucker for stray animals and have more than once scooped up a roaming dog and delivered him to a non-kill animal shelter. So, Angela Cervantes had me from Chapter 1, which places the protagonist Gaby up a tree trying to rescue a cat. From this point on, Cervantes presents Gaby’s story with a great mix of heart-wrenching moments and humor. Some parts of the book are light and soooo middle school–I know, I teach in one–while other parts deal with the more serious issue of deportation and the effects on children when a parent is gone. Since her mother has been deported to Honduras, Gaby must live with her father, who is ill-equipped to raise a sixth-grade girl. Gaby would much rather live with her best friend Alma and her family. Better yet would be if her mom were able to come back home, but this trip is expensive and dangerous. Cervantes parallels Gaby’s situation with the sixth-grade class community project at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter. Both the animals and Gaby have less than ideal living arrangements are in need of new permanent homes. During the community service project, Gaby has the special job of writing descriptions of the animals on fliers that will be displayed around town and on the shelter’s website. In between the chapters that caused me to clutch my heart and give my daughter random hugs, I literally laughed out loud. Scenes with the four friends–Gaby, Alma, Enrique, and Marcos–are hysterical. In one, Alma, who is trying to train a spirited shelter dog named Spike, tests the commands on the boys. “Back! Down! Sit and stay!” In another scene, three firefighters arrive at the shelter to adopt a dog for the firehouse. Alma says to the other girls, “Let’s go see what’s smoking,” and then the girls nickname each of the cute firefighters: Hottie, Smokey, and Sizzler. Very funny. If you are a middle school teacher, librarian, or parent, you should have a copy of this book on your shelf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A amazing read to all animal lovers. A very heartwarming book. My favorite charater is Gaby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE THIS BOOK AT MY HOUSE RIGHT NOW AND btw ITS THE BOMB BOOK EVERYOU SHOULD GET IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot because I volunteer at my local animal shelter just about every week. I was the first to cheak it out at our local library. Awesome book! I'm recommending it to anyone who loves animals. ( expecialy cat lovers!) It is a bit sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand, post this on three different books, and look under your pillow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extrodonary like omg i love this book i will read it over and over again lol
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOKS COOL