By Randi Reisfeld
Bloomsbury Kids, $16.99, 256 pages
This book is about a girl named Grace who gets a brown and gray mutt (who they later name Rex) at the pound which she thinks is talking to her. She is about 12 years old with curly brown hair; she has freckles and hazel eyes. She has a sister named Regan who is in high school, with blond hair and blue eyes. When they get Rex, Regan and Grace’s mom decides to use Rex as a service dog to help disabled people. The setting of the training department is a small grassy area in the mall blocked off for other mall visitors. There is a small stage with a microphone and 10 chairs for the trainers like Grace. Grace’s father was killed in a car accident and Grace meets one of the boys who was in the car that hit her father. She tries to get him to talk about the accident, but instead of telling her he goes and tells the police, confessing everything. Another part of the story is that Regan’s high school best friend Sheena tries to steal jewelry from their home. After Regan finds out, her and Sheena’s friendship is over for good.
I liked this book a lot because I thought it had really good context and really good writing. I also liked it because I thought the author did a very good job explaining the characters and what the characters were feeling. This book is a very good example of what some people can feel like when someone in your life dies and how it’s very sad when someone dies. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story about friendship and love.
Reviewed by Safiya, Age 10