REACHING FOR SUNSHINE
Faith needs to win $1,000 in the writing contest. Or else her family might be stuck living in church shelters. Forever.
Twelve-year-old Faith Fargo aches for home. She never dreamed she’d be stuck at the Bethel church shelter, her cot jammed between her little sister and a Goth girl accused of arson.
Mama keeps praying for a miracle, but Faith knows they need cold, hard cash—enough to pay the late mortgage bill and save their house from auction. When she hears about the Girls’ World creative story contest and its $1,000 prize money, she opens her journal and starts writing. Faith knows a win won’t be easy, especially for a facts-minded school newspaper reporter like herself. But never in a million years does she expect help from an angry Goth or an unpopular loner who won’t leave her side.
SIT, STAY, COME HOME
Dahlia has twenty-eight days to rescue a shelter puppy. She never expects him to rescue her right back.
Dahlia Dobrovodsky can’t help that she’s the youngest kid in the fifth grade. Or that she’s more interested in rescuing abandoned animals than shopping at the mall. When her best friend Sammy changes her name to Samantha and starts hanging out with makeup-wearing Clarice O’ Connor, it’s just plain weird. Never in a million years does Dahlia expect her BFF to laugh at her last name and make fun of her cabbage roll lunches.
Dahlia is lost and alone—just like the dogs at the shelter where she volunteers.
But one day a shy, limping mutt appears under the shelter steps. He’s matted and smelly—the kind of pup nobody wants. Instantly, Dahlia understands the puppy’s fear of moving outside his kennel, playing with other dogs, and trusting new people. In a strange way, he’s just like her.
Deep down, Dahlia knows she’ll never be allowed to adopt him. Not with her brother’s allergies and her mom’s No Dog Ever rule. But when the shelter director announces she’ll only keep the pup for one month, Dahlia suspects Beaver County Animal Care might be a High Kill center. If Dahlia doesn’t save the pup, he could be gone—forever.
Dahlia has twenty-eight days to rescue the puppy.
She never expects he’ll rescue her right back.