Friday, April 7, 2017
How to look for a lost dog by Ann M.Martin
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository
11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for her…
This book is deceptively simple and at first I thought it was going to be too young for me. But the more I read the more attached to the characters I became until I couldn't put the book down. It was enjoyable, and although it may seem light-hearted it deals with some very serious topics.
Rose is a funny, imaginative girl who is curious about the world around. She is obsessed with prime numbers and homophones which keeps the book upbeat and happy. She is confused by little things and can't understand why people would break the rules. I constantly felt sad for her; when someone didn't understand her they would tease her. Even her father was a jerk.
The story dealt with autism in a well-thought out manner, and I thought it captured what it feels like correctly. Obviously I don't know what autism is like for the actual person, but Rose reacted in a similar way as to how people I know react. It was also interesting to see how Ann Martin showed other people reacting to Rose (classmates, family, drivers).
I really enjoyed this book; it was a sweet and easy read. I loved the simplicity of this book because it had such a different feel from most books I've read. I would recommend it to children aged 10-11, or anyone who wants a faster read!