Poppy's life has been turned upside down after her grandma (and guardian) had a stroke and ended up in the hospital. But Poppy is working on a plan to help Grandma Beth so their life together can go back to normal. Read more...
Poppy's life has been turned upside down after her grandma (and guardian) had a stroke and ended up in the hospital. But Poppy is working on a plan to help Grandma Beth so their life together can go back to normal. But when she witnesses an armed robbery, "back to normal" slips even further out of her reach. To keep Poppy safe, the budget-strapped police devise an unusual "witness protection program," wherein Poppy will stay with Detective Brannigan's mother. Soon Poppy is feeling almost at home, even making sort-of friends with a girl named Lizzie and definitely friending Gunner, a beautiful dog with an uncertain fate. But it's still not home. So while she and Lizzie navigate a rocky friendship and plot to save Gunner's life, Poppy also tries to figure out a new plan to save Grandma Beth and their home, all while avoiding a dangerous robber who might be searching for her. But what if Grandma Beth can never come home and the robber is put behind bars? What will happen to Poppy then?
- ISBN-13: 9780545667067
- ISBN-10: 0545667062
- Publisher: Scholastic Press
- Publish Date: August 2014
- Page Count: 272
- Reading Level: Ages 9-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Twelve-year-old Poppy’s comfortable life has taken a bad turn at the start of Winget’s absorbing novel: her beloved Grandma Beth, who has raised her from babyhood (her parents having been killed in an overseas bombing), has had a stroke that landed her in the hospital, and Poppy in a children’s center. When an unexpected confrontation with a killer puts Poppy in grave danger, she is temporarily taken in by a warmhearted detective and his compassionate mother—which complicates her plans to sneak Grandma Beth back to their own apartment. As her grandmother grows progressively worse, dog-lover Poppy finds solace at an animal shelter where she befriends and succeeds in training an aggressive German shepherd. Readers may be as frustrated as the sympathetic adults in Poppy’s life by the decisions her impulsiveness leads her to make, but will sympathize with her feelings of uprootedness, abandonment, and grief. While most will probably predict the story’s resolution early on, Winget (A Smidgen of Sky) weaves in enough suspense, emotion, and subplots to keep interest high. Ages 8–12. Agent: Lara Perkins, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Aug.)