Novel, Scholastic, 2007, 239 PagesÂ
Ten-year-old Min has had a long history of foster care since being abandoned in a public washroom at age three. When Min is dumped by her latest foster mother just before Christmas, Jess Hart, a former Childrenâ€™s Aid doctor who knows min and sees past her hardened shell, decides to take her home for a couple of weeks to see how the two of them get along. Jess has long had thoughts of a becoming Minâ€™s official foster mother, or even adopting her. On their way to find a Christmas tree, Min finds a young dog thatâ€™s near death and brings it home. As the dogâ€™s timidness and distrust of people begins to lesson, Min realizes how much she has herself been â€śwallingâ€ť people out. Min starts to open up, makes some new friends and event stands up to her old nemesis, the bullying and taunting Laird. This is a story of and abandoned dog helping and abandoned girl open her heart and let in a new family. Jean Littleâ€™s incredible gift for portraying emotion and creating real people shines in this touching novel.