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Lila and Hadley

ISBN: 9781338649321

Author: Kody Keplinger

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Grades

7-8

Ages

12 & Up

Language

English

Book Type

Novel

Format

Paperback

Pages

256

Dimensions

6x8

Description

Hadley is angry about a lot of things: like her mom going to jail, and having to move to another state to live with her older sister, Beth, even though they haven't spoken in five years. She'll be leaving her friends and her school behind. Oh, and she's (maybe) going blind. But then Hadley meets Lila.

Lila is an abandoned dog who spends her days just quietly lying around at the local dog rescue where Beth works. She doesn't listen to directions, or play with the other dogs, or show any interest in people. So when Lila comes and sits by Hadley, Beth thinks maybe Hadley can help Lila. She tells Hadley they'll bring Lila home as a foster dog and Hadley can teach her to follow commands, walk on a leash, and be more of a people dog so she'll be ready to be adopted.

Working with Lila is harder than Hadley thought. So is the mobility training she starts taking to help with her failing vision. Lila seems too stubborn to train, and learning to use a cane to get around feels impossible to Hadley. But slowly, Lila begins to learn, and so does Hadley. In the end, it's not clear who's helping whom. Is Lila the rescue in this situation, or is Hadley a rescue too?

Themes

Overcoming Obstacles, Family, Siblings, Dogs & Puppies, Moving, Friendship, LGBTQ Experiences, Pets, Responsibility, Special Needs

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