Reviews for Hound Dog True

AudioFile Reviews 2012 February
Catherine Taber delivers the tentative intonations of shy fifth-grader Mattie, whose reticence is worsened by her mother's continual moving Mattie has found her voice in writing But that outlet ends when she's silenced by a fellow student who reads her journal and embarrasses her in front of others When Mattie comes to live with her Uncle Potluck, she is shy and afraid Her uncle is a quirky character who sees his niece's gifts Taber gives his storytelling voice upbeat cadences and down-home accents Taber's delivery makes his warm and supportive gestures on Mattie's behalf and her growing trust sound "hound dog true" SW (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 February

Gr 4-6--Linda Urban's honest story (Harcourt, 2011) will resonate with all young girls who feel that they are on the periphery of everything in their world. Mattie and her mother are moving again, this time to her mother's hometown and living with eccentric Uncle Potluck. It's their fifth move, and Mattie wants to make her transition as the new girl in school easier. Uncle Potluck is the janitor at the school where Mattie will be attending fifth grade, and she decides that she will be his custodial apprentice during lunch and recess every day so she won't have to spend time with the other students. That way, it won't matter if she makes friends or not. There will be no awkward moments where she will find herself excluded. She will always have her uncle as backup. Uncle Potluck realizes what his shy and uncertain niece is up to. As the summer progresses, Mattie does make a friend and she begins to realize that she can be a friend. Catherine Taber perfectly voices the fifth grader, showcasing her uncertainty and fragility, and makes all of the other characters unique. An engaging audiobook with a good story.--Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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