Lila and Hadley / Kody Keplinger.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: Hadley is an angry girl: angry at her mother for embezzling money, angry at her estranged older sister, Beth, whom she has to live with while her mother is in jail, angry at having to move to Kentucky away from her friends, and angry at the world because she has retinitis pigmentosa and is slowly going blind; but then she meets Lila, a rescued pit bull who has not responded to anyone else--so if Hadley can train Lila, maybe the dog can get adopted into her forever home, and just maybe Lila can help Hadley deal with her own problems.
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      Ages 9-11. Scholastic Press.
      Grades 4-6. Scholastic Press.
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PW Reviews 2020 March #1

When her mother lands in prison, 12- year-old Hadley moves from Tennessee to stay with her estranged sister, Beth, in a Kentucky suburb. She's also navigating worsening eyesight due to retinitis pigmentosa, and the frustrations layer into sadness and anger—Hadley avoids speaking to her mom, lashes out at Beth, and refuses to take mobility classes as her condition advances. When Lila, a depressed pit bull at the rescue where Beth works as a trainer, takes to Hadley, the sisters are tasked with fostering Lila—socializing her so she can be adopted. Spending time with Lila pushes Hadley to make some changes in her own life, accepting the hard things she faces and the love being offered. Like Hadley, Keplinger (That's Not What Happened) is legally blind, and details, such as a passage about using a cane, lend the story authenticity. Hadley's anger at her situation and changing ability is sensitively wrought, and her growth is organic and true in this touching story of acceptance, forgiveness, and interspecies friendship. Ages 8–12. Agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (Apr.)

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