About the Book Rear Window meets Nancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime
Rear Window meets Nancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime
What happens when two best
friends take on the world's worst
On the first day of vacation, ten-year-old Ivy Crowden falls down the stairs and breaks her leg. Stuck in a plaster cast, she's certain her summer is doomed. Not even Teddy, her neighbor and best friend, can cheer her up because he's dealing with his own pain: the loss of a beloved dog.
But when Ivy witnesses a possible burglary from her living room window, her summer takes a sudden turn from meh
to mysterious. Who are the criminals? Might a classmate be involved? And . . . uh-oh. A second mystery is nipping at Ivy's heels. Cue the best friends, the best dog, and the best chance that summer can be saved!
Praise for Stay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List 2018 ALSC/ALA Notable Children's Book
An Iowa Public Radio Best Book of 2017 Who says bucket lists are just for humans?
Not the Klise sisters, who gracefully trace a girl's growing awareness of her dog's impending death. Evocative acrylics amplify the matter-of-fact narrative, showing Astrid growing taller and more active as Eli slows down. ...The Klises close with an image of girl and dog watching the sunset over the water, a moment that--like the book as a whole--is both emotionally restrained and full of feeling.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review Quirky and delightful on its surface, this poignant picture book opens the door to deeper considerations of eventual loss.
A tender tension between the author's ebullient text and her illustrator sister's touching acrylic paintings--particularly the exquisite portrayals of the two protagonists--delicately suggests the inevitable without any overt occurrence. The framed photos on the living-room walls and the apparent subject matter of the pair's library books (they're all about dogs) communicate even more about the special relationship between a child and a dog, and the precious value of taking care of the ones you love.--The Horn Book, starred review
The full-page, warm, pastel-colored illustrations perfectly match the text and make the book all the more wonderful. This is a story about making the best of and appreciating the (brief) time we have with our loved ones
--in this case our pets, though the title easily applies to grandparents and other aging loved ones. ... A sweet and moving selection about the bond between a girl and her aging dog that avoids veering into sappy or maudlin territory. Spoiler alert: the dog does NOT die in the end (THANK YOU!).--School Library Journal
About the Author Kate Klise
is the author of more than 30 books for young readers. Her books for Feiwel and Friends include Grounded
, winner of the Women's National Book Association/Judy Lopez Award for Children's Novel of the Year, Homesick
, and Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List
. For more about Kate and her books, visit kateklise.com