Kathleen McInerney narrates most of this story about homelessness, pets, and modern life. Kirby Heyborne impeccably portrays Baby, the loving and lovable dog owned by homeless Jewel Knight. Listeners will accompany the Trudeau family as they move into Hope House, join the endless lines for food and clothing, and try to remain optimistic. Twelve-year-old Piper notices Jewel, who's turned away from the soup kitchen because of her dog. As Jewel goes into a hospital, McInerney conveys each person realistically, including how they help each other despite their poverty, while Heyborne depicts Baby's heartbreak as he enters a shelter. The most endearing and admirable creation is Piper, who with her fellow Firefly troop, sells brownies to help Jewel and Baby. The conclusion is both satisfying and believable. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2019]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2019
DD ISBN 9780062914309 $20.99
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