A Home for Goddesses and Dogs
A Home for Goddesses and Dogs
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A Home for Goddesses and Dogs

Written by Leslie Connor & illustrated by Julie McLaughlin
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Prices as of Jun 16

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A unique masterpiece about loss, love, and the world’s best bad dog, from award-winning author Leslie Connor, author of the National Book Award finalist The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle. It’s a life-altering New Year for thirteen-year-old Lydia when she uproots to a Connecticut farm to live with her aunt following her mother’s death. Aunt Brat and her jovial wife, Eileen, and their ancient live-in landlord, Elloroy, are welcoming―and a little quirky. Lydia’s struggle for a sense of belonging in her new family is highlighted when the women adopt a big yellow dog just days after the girl’s arrival. Wasn’t one rescue enough? Lydia is not a dog person―and this one is trouble! He is mistrustful and slinky. He pees in the house, escapes into the woods, and barks at things unseen. His new owners begin to guess about his unknown past. Meanwhile, Lydia doesn’t want to be difficult―and she does not mean to keep secrets―but there are things she’s not telling… Like why the box of “paper stuff” she keeps under her bed is so important… And why that hole in the wall behind a poster in her room is getting bigger… And why something she took from the big yellow dog just might be the key to unraveling his mysterious past―but at what cost? Award-winning author Leslie Connor crafts a story that sings about loss and love and finding joy in new friendships and a loving family, along with the world’s best bad dog. This uplifting story about recovery features strong female characters, an adorable dog, and the girl who comes to love him.

What Kind of Book is A Home for Goddesses and Dogs

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What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.


    This book has a couple of instances of profanity using "damn" and "God."

    Presence of Death

    Lydia's mother dies in the beginning of the story. There is an older gentleman nearing death who often comments about being "almost dead." Death is a theme throughout the story and talked about in a comfortable way with a sense of courage to cope with it.


    Lydia is taken to live with her Aunt Brat when her mother dies. Her aunt is married to Eileen, a woman. Their relationship progresses throughout the book with the rise of conflicts and resolutions. Lydia notes the feeling of wanting to see them embrace. During one such conflict Eileen sleeps on the couch and when they resolve the conflict she again shares Aunt Brat's room. There is one instance of thirteen year old girls talking about their love lives and gender identities. One character says, "And I think I want to kiss a girl just as much as I want to kiss a guy." (Sari, pg 272). The second character says, "And the mystifying part for me is that sometimes I *feel* like a guy myself." (Raya, pg.273).


    Publisher's Weekly
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    "What stands out is the narrative’s essential kindness, as Lydia heals and rediscovers the meaning of home and family."


    "An almost-orphan and a rescue dog share lots of heart in a winsome coming-of-age story."

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What is the real reason Guffer "bunny hops" with his hind legs?
  1. A
    He has dysplasia
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    He has a ruptured disk
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    He use to live on a farm with lots of bunnies
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Book Details

Publication Date
February 25, 2020
Reading Age
10 - 14 years

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