Looking for True
(for ages 8-12)
By Tricia Springstubb
Margaret Ferguson Books, Holiday House
Available in hardcover.
Available in paperback.
Available in Kindle.
Gladys is a small, bright, intense eleven-year-old...Jude, also eleven, is big for his age, the son of a single mother and the frequent caretaker for his little brother. Their stories come together when each encounters True, a neglected dog in the neighborhood... Springstubb does a masterly job of creating two distinct voices...and a supporting cast of flawed adults and hilarious preschoolers rounds out the picture. The setting, a formerly prosperous town now on the skids, where folks are just scraping by...is one that is underrepresented in contemporary middle grade fiction. The writing is fresh, sharp, and authentic: This could be trouble, said his brain. Open the door, said whatever the opposite of a brain was. It’s Because of Winn-Dixie for a new generation. – The Horn Book, starred review
A heartfelt contemporary novel about unexpected friendship . . . . Springstubb gracefully conveys the need for both connection and independence, portraying sweet, protective relationships.... Alternating third-person perspectives render unique characterizations. – Publishers Weekly