I often think about what I'd do if ever I came upon an abandoned baby. Surely I'd want to adopt him or her, giving so much love it would wrap around the world many times over. But what if a teen found himself in that situation?
After discovering an abandoned baby, Lionel vows to protect her. He knows what it means to be abandoned by a parent. His dad left him years ago and he'll do anything to ensure Baby Doe grows up knowing she's loved. But, how far will he dare go?
In SAVING BABY DOE, Lionel discovers his self-worth and what it means to be truly loved.
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"Unresolved grief and its many negative consequences is a prevalent theme, and touchy topics like sex and death are tackled frankly and with tremendous insight. Many aspects of this book are especially welcome for middle-grade fiction, including the authentic urban setting, the positive and purely platonic relationship between the male and female protagonists, and a cast of multidimensional Latino characters." Booklist
"Vigilante's finely tuned depiction of Lionel's neighborhood and of his jumbled feelings which sometimes leads to his making poor choices, is both believable and engaging. With a surprise twist in the middle and a light hand with the drama, this is a great selection for middle school readers, who will empathize with Lionel throughout." The Horn Book
"... appealing tale of urban friendship." :Kirkus
Saving Baby Doe / Danette Vigilante / Putnam Juvenile
Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0399251603 / Published: March, 2014
Ages 10+ / Middle-grade Fiction