Gaby, Lost and Found

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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 where I can invite my best friend over and have a warm breakfast a couple of times a week. Having the newest cell phone or fancy clothes isn't important, but I'd like to have a cat that I can talk to when I'm home alone."

Gaby Ramirez Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. She plays with the kittens, helps to obedience train the dogs, and writes adoption ...

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Overview


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

"My name is Gaby, and I'm looking for a home where I can invite my best friend over and have a warm breakfast a couple of times a week. Having the newest cell phone or fancy clothes isn't important, but I'd like to have a cat that I can talk to when I'm home alone."

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 has been feeling like a bit of a stray herself, lately. Her mother has recently been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She's confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby's favorite shelter cat together. When the cat's original owners turn up at the shelter, however, Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.

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Praise for GABY, LOST AND FOUND:

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

“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 timely, touching and nuanced portrayal of real-life challenges experienced by children in mixed-status families.” Kirkus 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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545489454
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 115,396
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Nice Book

    This book is reccomended to cat lovers,orphans or people that have divored parents

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Hello my name is Gaby Ramirez Howard I am a girl who volunteers

    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.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Anonymous

    Looks interesting. Maybe I'll ask my you know who to buy it

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Love it

    I love it but it is sad and happy

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Ndndjejeje

    LOKS COOL

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Book lover3

    This book is beutiful.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    !!!!!!!!!!!

    I have this book and let me tell you something, ITSTH BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!! :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Extrodernarey

    Extrodonary like omg i love this book i will read it over and over again lol

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

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    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Good

    Awsome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Cool book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    GET A FREE IPAD

    Kiss your hand, post this on three different books, and look under your pillow.

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    Posted November 10, 2013

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