A Million Ways Home

A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget is a nominee for the 2016-17 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.

After Poppy Parker’s grandmother suffers a stroke, the girl is sent to live in the North Shore Children’s Center. Poppy hates it here (with good reason), and she’s willing to do just about anything to reunite with her grandmother…even run away.

Poppy tries to make her way to the hospital to see Grandma Beth, but things quickly turn south. After a brief stop at a convenience store, Poppy becomes the sole witness to a horrible crime, an armed robbery and murder. The suspect knows her face and her name, so Poppy is placed under police protection, specifically in the home of Detective Trey Brannigan and his mother, Marti.

It doesn’t take long for Poppy to feel safe in this temporary home. She likes her caregivers, and she enjoys helping Marti at the animal shelter. She even manages to make a couple of friends–one human and one canine. Lizzie, the human, is a girl with troubles of her own. Gunner, the canine, is a beautiful German Shepherd who isn’t all that different from Lizzie. Both of them need someone to love them and be patient with them, and that person is Poppy.

Even with all these positives, though, Poppy longs for things to go back to the way they used to be. She wants her grandmother to get better. She wants to go back to their apartment and not have all these worries weighing on her. Surely, life can one day be normal again for Poppy and and her grandmother.

Unfortunately, things aren’t so simple. There’s still the matter of a dangerous criminal on the loose and looking for Poppy. Also, Grandma Beth isn’t recovering like Poppy hoped she would. Things are looking bleak, and Poppy doesn’t know what to do.

Will Poppy ever be able to return home? Will her grandmother get better? Will the police ever catch the guy putting Poppy in danger? And what will happen with Lizzie and Gunner?

Learn how Poppy navigates through the waters of uncertainty, friendship, grief, and love to find her way home when you read A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget.

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Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog

Tango is a Yorkshire Terrier who is used to the good life:  doggy massages, fancy grooming, an expensive silver collar and charm, special shoes for his daily walks, and being shown off at luxurious parties.  Tango has it made…until his owners take him sailing.  A fierce storm strikes, and Tango goes overboard.  After a while at sea, Tango, now freezing, starving, and sick, washes up on Prince Edward Island, a long way from his home in New York City.  No one knows his name or where he’s from.  They don’t even know if he’ll survive, but Tango is determined to make it back to the home he once knew.

McKenna Skye is a girl without a home.  She lives in a shed behind her uncle’s house, but she knows that even that small comfort is temporary.  She needs to save up enough money to get to Toronto, where her favorite foster mother now lives.  But how?  With some much-needed help, McKenna begins to make and sell enchanted candles, and the money starts coming in.  Will McKenna make enough to get her where she wants to go?  Or will she finally find a home that she’s always needed.

Augusta Smith is a retired schoolteacher who is set in her ways, but fate has brought two beings into her life that will force her to change a bit.  A little dog who is fighting for survival and a girl who has never had a true home will make Augusta—or Miss Gustie, as everyone knows her—rethink her life.  Maybe she does have room in her life for a little dog and a runaway girl.  But can she hold on to these two souls who seem so determined to go on their ways.  Can Miss Gustie show them that she needs them as much as they need her?

Read Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog by Eileen Beha to learn how one small dog can change the world around him.  Will he make it back home to New York, or will he find that a new home was waiting for him all along?