A Home for Goddesses and Dogs
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Home for Goddesses and Dogs, by Leslie Connor, is the story of 13-year-old Lydia's adjustment to a new life, with her aunt and the aunt's wife, in the wake of her mother's death. She's had a lot of heavy stuff to deal with all her life: When she was 6, her father ditched her and her mother, unable to cope with her mother's failing health from heart disease, and in the years since she's been her mom's main caregiver. Despite the bad hand they've been dealt, though, they have a lot of joy in their lives, especially the art-project "goddesses" they create from old photos, and now the "goddesses" are all Lydia's got left of her mom. There's a lot of sweetness, wisdom, kindness, and humor as she adjusts to her new life, which includes the worst-behaved, poopingest, peeingest dog ever. Some discussion of kissing, including some after the fact. Some baby goats are badly mutilated and there's a struggle to save them. A man threatens to shoot a dog.
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What's the Story?
A HOME FOR GODDESSES AND DOGS opens as 13-year-old Lydia, whose mom has just died, shares a car ride with her Aunt Brat (her "last of kin") to the Connecticut village where she's going to live with Brat and her wife, Eileen. And, as it turns out, a sweet but colossally ill-behaved rescue dog. All she has of her old life is her memories, a lot of her late mom's wisdom, kindness, and creativity, and a box full of the artistically embellished antique photos known as the "goddesses." It's all a big change, including going to the village school, making friends, and getting to know the community -- most of whom are kind, supportive, and loving, but some are more scary.
Is It Any Good?
There's a lot of heart, humor, and emotional nuance in Leslie Connor's tale of a newly orphaned 13-year-old coming to terms with a life very different from the one she shared with her mom. Just like in real life, the events, characters, and feelings in A Home for Goddesses and Dogs don't always line up neatly, but love, family, friendship, creative thinking -- and dogs -- are powerful forces in dealing with what real life dishes out.
"The first week in January was the week Mom had always started writing down her spring dreams. 'Lydia, you should start a moon journal.' She'd liked to nudge me, always with her wry smile that said, I know you're not going to do this -- and you don't have to. (I was not so devoted.) Then just last week she'd amended the old nudge. 'You could write it in the way of memories.' I didn't disagree. But talking about it gave me worry. Each mention of that word -- memories -- was like fast-forwarding to the day I wouldn't have her anymore.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about stories of newly orphaned kids and how they cope. Why do you think this theme resonates so strongly with audiences over the centuries? Do you have any favorite orphan tales? How does A Home for Goddesses and Dogs compare with them?
Part of the story involves using 3D printing. Have you tried this? Would you like to? What would you like to make?
Do you have a pet with a disability, or know one? How do they cope? Have you found ways to make things easier for them?
- Author: Leslie Connor
- Genre: Emotions
- Topics: Arts and Dance, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models, Horses and Farm Animals, Middle School
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Publication date: February 25, 2020
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 18
- Number of pages: 400
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: August 15, 2021
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