Maggie is always full of questions. But a young maid in a fine lady’s house isn’t supposed to wonder so much, so one day Maggie is thrown out into the street with only a tiny heart-shaped locket for a keepsake. Who is the lady in the locket? A little dog named Oliver is pushing his nose along an icy sidewalk searching for his lost mistress, or at least something to eat. No matter how hard he looks he can’t find either one, but he does see a girl with round blue eyes and a golden locket around her neck. The girl calls him “Lucky.” And perhaps Lucky is the right name after all, for the little dog soon helps Maggie find a warm, wonderful home of her own—and one for him, too.
About the Author
Valerie Hobbs has won numerous awards for her young adult novels, including Best Books of the Year by Kirkus, Booklist, The American Library Association, and The School Library Journal, and Best Book for Reluctant Readers by The American Library Association. She was also designated a Flying Start author by Publisher's Weekly in 1996, and won the 1999 PEN/Norma Klein award for an emerging voice of literary merit among American Writers of children's fiction. Hobbs is recognized as a gifted creator of poignant, coming-of-age stories, and as an author who infuses her adolescent characters with thoughts, emotions and motivations that accurately reflect the experiences of young adults. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she has taught academic writing. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, Jack.
Jennifer Thermes is a children's book author and illustrator. In addition to being an avid reader, an obsessed gardener, and an adorer-of-cats, she creates illustrated maps for publishing and magazine clients. Her most recent book is Maggie & Oliver, or A Bone of One's Own, a middle-grade novel by Valerie Hobbs (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers). She is the author and illustrator of Sam Bennett's New Shoes and When I Was Built. Thermes lives in an old farmhouse in Connecticut with her family, two cats, one dog, and countless mice.
"…young fans of old-fashioned hard luck tales that end happily will snap this up.”--BCCB “…[an] optimistic ending about survival and friendship.” --Booklist “This is Victoriana with no steampunk shenanigans and no tongues in cheeks, just well-orchestrated, straightforward storytelling for newish readers—with a bonus of warm pencil drawings reminiscent of Lois Lenski.” --Horn Book Magazine "A warm story about friendship, but it’s also an introduction to the treatment of children and animals in the early 1900s." --School Library Journal "A touching and emotionally satisfying foundling tale.” --Kirkus Reviews