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How to Look for a Lost Dog

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11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for him...A touching story from the bestselling author of The Babysitters Club.

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9781474906470
  • ISBN: 9781474906470
  • Pub Date: 1st January 2016
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 240

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13th May '16
Westy10 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
How to Look for a Lost Dog 9781474906470
5 stars
I liked this book because it was funny. The girl in question has a very funny view of life maybe because she is Autistic. It helped me learn a bit about Autism.
My favourite bits were when she gets cross. She manages her anger by shouting out prime numbers. Sometimes this is in the middle of her lessons
There are a few bad words in this book so I would recommend it for older children (10 and above)
21st February '16
I read it to Bobbin aged 8 aged 8
How to Look for a Lost Dog 9781474906470
5 stars
My son thought this was a very good book because you never knew what was going to happen next.  He liked it because it the story was told from the point of view of the girl. He thought it was a sad story.
The story centres around Rose who is a young girl with autism. She lives with her father and has a close relationship with her uncle. One night following a storm, her father brings Rose a dog that he has found that appears to have been abandoned or lost. 
The story is written in a very engaging style, and draws you in immediately. As the grown up reading this book I enjoyed it as much as my son. We both were eager to read it each night and to find out what happened next.  I loved that this is one of the first books that we have read together which was new to us both and that we were both equally excited about. Highly recommended.
22nd February '16
I read it myself (an adult)
How to Look for a Lost Dog 9781474906470
5 stars
This is a wonderful book. I loved it. It is told from the perspective of 12 year old Rose who has high functioning autism. The first person narrative draws you in from the start. Rose is a very likeable narrator; her straightforwardness and honesty are immensely appealing. Author Ann M Martin has expertly created Rose's character, giving her a distinct voice with which to tell her story.

It is the story of Rose and her dog, Rain. Rain is a gift to Rose from her father; he found her lost without a collar and brought her home. Rose's world is one of homophones, prime numbers and the importance of rules. She is ridiculed at school and her father is mainly either at work or at the local bar (there is no mother). Rain provides valuable companionship and stability. When Rain goes missing during a superstorm, Rose draws up a plan to find her. She is helped in her search by her Uncle Weldon, whose patience and understanding are in stark contrast to her father's irritability and denial.

I was utterly absorbed in Rose's world; her home and school life are depicted in detail and we get a clear insight into what it's like to live with autism, not just for Rose but also for her family, classmates and teachers. This touching story made me smile and, on more than one occasion, it made me cry. We watch Rose as she discovers friendship and learns what it means to be brave.

How to Look for a Lost Dog is a warm and honest portrayal of what it's like to live with autism. It holds its own alongside adult fiction with similar child protagonists, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, both of which are also brilliant. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Suitable for children aged 8+
17th February '16
CCR06 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
How to Look for a Lost Dog 9781474906470
4 stars
Caitlin and I both read this book independently. 
We both think this is a really good book. It helped Caitlin to understand that people with autism are not in control of their reactions to situations and they have to work very hard to be able to cope in situations that typical people take for granted. It helped us to understand our friend, Reuben, better.
We both found reading the chapter about Rose's father hurting Rain difficult to read, but it helped us to realise that we are entitled to feel safe at all times.
We liked the relationship that Rose had with her uncle and we felt better knowing that she was able to live with him, feel happy and enjoy experiences that all children should have.
27th December '16
I read it to ELB aged 9 aged 9 & to LCB aged 6 aged 6
How to Look for a Lost Dog 9781474906470
4 stars
Hi Toppsta, you sent us this book a little while ago and I have been sharing it as a bedtime chapter book with my 6 and 9 year olds. It was such a clever and poignant book. We have laughed and cried and discussed autism, school, being kind, friendship, life and death. Thank you. Would definitely recommend this book.
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About Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin is the author of the bestselling Baby-Sitters Club series, which sold 176 million copies worldwide. In addition, she is the author of over thirty critically-acclaimed novels, including A Corner of the Universe which won a Newbery Honor in 2003....

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