Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
Rear Window meetsNancy Drew in this middle-grade novel by Kate Klise about a girl who believes she has witnessed a crime
What happens when twobestfriends take on the world’sworst summer?
On the first day of vacation, ten-year-old Ivy Crowden falls down the stairs and breaks her leg. Stuck in a plaster cast, she’s certain her summer is doomed. Not even Teddy, her neighbor and best friend, can cheer her up because he’s dealing with his own pain: the loss of a beloved dog.
But when Ivy witnesses a possible burglary from her living room window, her summer takes a sudden turn frommehto mysterious. Who are the criminals? Might a classmate be involved? And . . . uh-oh. A second mystery is nipping at Ivy’s heels. Cue the best friends, the best dog, and the best chance that summer can be saved!
About the authors
Celia Krampien has created illustrations for newspapers and magazines including The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Variety, and The Globe and Mail, where she is a regular contributing artist. She also illustrated several children’s books, including The Wild World of Buck Bray and Here to There and Me to You. Celia lives in Oakville, Ontario.
Praise forStay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List
2018 ALSC/ALA Notable Children's Book
An Iowa Public Radio Best Book of 2017
"Who says bucket lists are just for humans? Not the Klise sisters, who gracefully trace a girl’s growing awareness of her dog’s impending death. Evocative acrylics amplify the matter-of-fact narrative, showing Astrid growing taller and more active as Eli slows down. ...The Klises close with an image of girl and dog watching the sunset over the water, a moment that—like the book as a whole—isboth emotionally restrained and full of feeling."--Publishers Weekly,starred review
"Quirky and delightful on its surface, this poignant picture book opens the door to deeper considerations of eventual loss.A tender tension between the author’s ebullient text and her illustrator sister’s touching acrylic paintings—particularly the exquisite portrayals of the two protagonists—delicately suggests the inevitable without any overt occurrence. The framed photos on the living-room walls and the apparent subject matter of the pair’s library books (they’re all about dogs) communicate even more about the special relationship between a child and a dog, and the precious value of taking care ofthe ones you love."--The Horn Book,starred review
"The full-page, warm, pastel-colored illustrations perfectly match the text and make the book all the more wonderful.This is a story about making the best of and appreciating the (brief) time we have with our loved ones—in this case our pets, though the title easily applies to grandparents and other aging loved ones. ... A sweet and moving selection about the bond between a girl and her aging dog that avoids veering into sappy or maudlin territory. Spoiler alert: the dog does NOT die in the end (THANK YOU!)."--School Library Journal