Antoinette (Gaston and Friends) (Signed Copy)
"Delightful...an action-packed romp." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Three cheers for the winning Antoinette " --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Meet Gaston's friend Antoinette Antoinette--a very special poodle--learns to follow her heart and be herself in this charming companion to Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson's beloved Gaston. Antoinette's three burly brothers each have a special talent. Rocky is clever. Ricky is fast And Bruno is STRONG. Mrs. Bulldog reassures Antoinette that there is something extra special about her--but Antoinette is not so sure. Then one day, while Antoinette plays in the park with her friend Gaston, Gaston's sister Ooh-La-La goes missing. Antoinette feels a tug in her heart and a twitch in her nose. She must find Ooh-La-La. She will not give up Can Antoinette rescue the puppy in peril--and discover what makes her extra special along the way?
Bringing to vivid life a realistic tale of homelessness & poverty. debut novelist Marie Miranda Cruz introduces us to feisty, resilient 12-year old Nora, who lives with her mother in her father's grave crypt in the Philippine capital of Manilla. The truly harsh elements of survival and hunger are coupled with the kindness and community that Nora finds while searching for her mother, who has inexplicably gone missing. There are some scary elements such as beatings & kidnapping and young readers may flinch when confronted with these, but Cruz' memorable title character is so worthy of compassion, you will be rooting for her the whole way to the satisfying ending. This novel is a true gem and one that should be read and discussed. I loved the interspersed Tagalog words (glossary in back) and additional teachers guide. Exceptional for ages 10 and up. - Maureen