Jean Little's poignant novel about an abandoned girl,
and the dog who helps teach her how to trust again.
Ten-year-old Min has had a long history of foster care since she
was abandoned at age three. Now, let go by yet another foster
family, Min continues to build a protective wall around herself.
Her newest caregiver, a former Children's Aid doctor, sees past
Min's hardened shell and tries to find a way to reach her...and
does, finally, by taking in a sick, neglected dog that has escaped
from a puppy mill. While watching the dog recover and open its
heart to its new owners, Min comes out of her own shell.
Readers will rejoice as Min opens her heart and allows herself
to be a part of a loving family, to make friends and to finally
stand up to the taunts of a bully, whose hurtful words have
contributed to her lack of self-esteem.