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Saving Baby Doe

Saving Baby Doe

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by Danette Vigilante
     
 

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Lionel and Anisa are the best of friends and have seen each other through some pretty tough times—Anisa's dad died and Lionel's dad  left, which is like a death for Lionel. They stick together no matter what. So when Lionel suggests a detour through a local construction site on their way home, Anisa doesn't say no. 

And that's where Lionel and

Overview

Lionel and Anisa are the best of friends and have seen each other through some pretty tough times—Anisa's dad died and Lionel's dad  left, which is like a death for Lionel. They stick together no matter what. So when Lionel suggests a detour through a local construction site on their way home, Anisa doesn't say no. 

And that's where Lionel and Anisa make a startling discovery—a baby abandoned in a port-o-potty. Anisa and Lionel spring into action. And in saving Baby Doe, they end up saving so much more.

Danette Vigilante crafts an accessible, heartfelt and much needed story for the middle grade market featuring Latino characters.

Editorial Reviews

LMC
"This book excels in the portrayal of genuine, warm relationships between young people and important adults in their lives ... A complex realistic fiction novel featuring Latino characters for the middle grades; we could really do with more like it."—LMC
From the Publisher
"Vigilante's finely tuned depiction of Lionel's neighborhood and of his jumbled feelings...is both believable and engaging...a great selection for middle school readers, who will empathize with Lionel throughout."—The Horn BookThe Horn Book

"Vigilante writes about tough subjects with an engaging clarity and a tender touch."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

"Touchy topics...are tackled frankly and with tremendous insight. Many aspects of this book are especially welcome for middle-grade fiction, including the authentic urban setting...and a cast of multidimensional Latino characters."—Booklist — Booklist

"Vibrant setting and three-dimensional cast...appealing tale of urban friendship."—Kirkus

Kirkus

"This book excels in the portrayal of genuine, warm relationships between young people and important adults in their lives ... A complex realistic fiction novel featuring Latino characters for the middle grades; we could really do with more like it."—LMCLMC

The Horn Book
"Vigilante's finely tuned depiction of Lionel's neighborhood and of his jumbled feelings...is both believable and engaging...a great selection for middle school readers, who will empathize with Lionel throughout."—The Horn Book
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)
"Vigilante writes about tough subjects with an engaging clarity and a tender touch."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)
Booklist
"Touchy topics...are tackled frankly and with tremendous insight. Many aspects of this book are especially welcome for middle-grade fiction, including the authentic urban setting...and a cast of multidimensional Latino characters."—Booklist
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 6–8—After sneaking into a construction site in their Brooklyn neighborhood, 13-year old Lionel Perez and his best friend, Anisa Torres, get more than they bargained for when they discover an abandoned newborn in a Porta-Potti. In the process of seeking medical attention for the baby, Lionel and Anisa are regarded with suspicion by the police and hospital personnel who assume that the teens are the parents. At her mother's behest, Anisa is forced to undergo a physical examination to prove that the baby is not hers. Lionel channels his own feelings of parental abandonment—he has an absentee father—into a scheme to kidnap "Baby Doe" and protect her from a similar fate. Needing funds for his ill-fated plan, he hooks up with a shady group of drug-dealing teens. Vigilante's novel is appealing for its colorful mix of strong characters and rich descriptions of Puerto Rican culture. Unfortunately, these elements take a backseat to a disjointed plot overwhelmed by unnecessary drama. Furthermore, complex topics of sexuality and teen pregnancy are unevenly addressed, particularly when the true identity of Baby Doe's mother is revealed.—Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-15
A middle-grade novel that chronicles the problems a boy and his friend encounter after finding an abandoned baby. Thirteen-year-old Lionel Perez and his best friend, Anisa Torres, live in Brooklyn. One day, while playfully trespassing in a nearby construction site, the pair discover an abandoned baby in a Porta-Potty. The resulting uproar leads Lionel's worried mother to force him to take daily piano lessons over the summer from their neighbor, Miss D. However, despite his mother's precautions, Lionel becomes involved with some neighborhood boys who sell drugs. Though he knows this is a bad idea, Lionel feels it's the only way he can provide for the baby, whom he plans to kidnap and care for. While Lionel's far-fetched plans are obviously doomed to fail, readers may wonder at the level of naïveté he exhibits in forming them in the first place. The real challenge comes, though, when Lionel discovers the baby's mother and must make the hard decision whether to tell or keep this knowledge a secret. Vigilante's second novel (The Trouble with Half a Moon, 2011) is a quiet story with pacing that sometimes lags and characters whose decisions may leave readers confused. However, its vibrant setting and three-dimensional cast may entice readers who can suspend their disbelief and excuse the many random occurrences. Overall, a fairly appealing tale of urban friendship. (Fiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399251603
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/20/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,148,135
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Danette Vigilante grew up in the Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn and now lives in Staten Island, New York. She is the author of The Trouble with Half a Moon, which was nominated to the 2012-2013 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award.

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