Midnight at the shelter

by Steveson, Nanci Turner,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Written with a distinctively doggy voice, great humor, and plenty of heart, this novel from acclaimed author Nanci Turner Steveson is a perfect pick for readers looking for a touching animal story in the vein of Because of Winn-Dixie or Marley & Me.

Rescue dog MahDi is happy helping his human partner, "MomDoc," with the important work at her vet clinic and the local animal shelter. The two of them make a good team, caring for the town's pets and matchmaking rescue animals with the families who need them.

When the shelter is suddenly down a staff member, the animals have to deal with a new caretaker: Huck, an unpleasant man who seems to have no problem threatening the animals he's supposed to care for. As more dogs crowd into the shelter than are going to new homes, MahDi begins to worry that if MomDoc isn't around, there is no telling what Huck might do.

With three perfectly good legs, the heart of a true leader, and his pack mates by his side, MahDi is willing to risk everything to save his shelter-friends from an uncertain future.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Alternating dogs'-eye views propel this immersive pack story from Steveson (Lizzie Flying Solo). A former shelter dog, three-legged MahDi now lives with veterinarian MomDoc, who often volunteers at a local dog shelter, where she and MahDi act as intuitive matchmakers for canines and people. When a temporary manager takes charge, his blatant fear of dogs--and willingness to designate long-term residents for euthanasia, or "The Unthinkable"--escalates the stakes for the already vulnerable charges, and MahDi tries to find each the right forever home, an intervention that culminates in the titular midnight event. Primarily following MahDi's perceptive, dialogue-laden narration, the viewpoint shifts between a full cast of dogs who detail experiences of hardscrabble survival, abandonment, and abuse en route to the shelter ("The leg where she shot me last time burns hot with fever," one account reads). The expansive cast can be difficult to track across perspective shifts, but themes of love, hope, and belonging resound throughout, balancing the sometimes dark content. Human protagonists read as white. A veterinarian's afterword concludes. Ages 8--12. Agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dogs -- Juvenile fiction.
Animals -- Juvenile fiction.
Animal shelters -- Juvenile fiction.
Animals with disabilities -- Juvenile fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
Animals -- Fiction.
Animal shelters -- Fiction.
Animals with disabilities -- Fiction.
Animal fiction.
Publisher New York :Quill Tree Books,2022
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 8-12. Grades 4-6.
Language English
Description 292 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780062673213
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