Ten-year-old Min has had a long history of foster care since being abandoned in a public washroom at age three. When Min is dumped by her latest foster mother just before Christmas, Jess Hart, a former Children's Aid doctor who knows Min and sees past her hardened shell, decides to take her home for a couple of weeks to see how the two of them get along. Jess has long had thoughts of becoming Min's official foster mother, or even adopting her. On their way to find a Christmas tree, Min finds a young dog that's near death and brings it home. As the dog's timidness and distrust of people begins to lessen, Min realizes how much she has herself been "walling" people out. Min starts to open up, makes some new friends and even stands up to her old nemesis, the bullying and taunting Laird. This is a story of an abandoned dog helping an abandoned girl open her heart and let in a new family. Jean Little's incredible gift for portraying emotion and creating real people on the page shines in this touching novel.
Jean Little is one of the world's best-loved writers for children. She is the author of Listen, Said the Donkey and the Mr. Christie Award winner Pippin the Christmas Pig, as well as the CLA Book of the Year Award winner Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door, and the CLA Honour book Dear Canada: Brothers Far from Home. She currently resides in Guelph, Ontario.