Margarita's dog-themed chapter book in verse for 8 to 12 year old readers, is available in stores now. It is an expanded version of Margarita's Trail Magic story in the Because of Shoe anthology.
When Tony’s mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move—Tony’s new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against a remote and remarkable backdrop, the scars from Tony’s troubled past begin to heal.
With his Tió and a search-and-rescue dog named Gabe by his side, he learns how to track wild animals, is welcomed to the Cowboy Church, and makes new friends at the Mountain School. Most importantly though, it is through Gabe that Tony discovers unconditional love for the first time, in Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle.
Read excerpt from the book.
The official book trailer for Mountain Dog
- 12 Novels in Verse That Get Kids Reading, ImaginationSoup.net
- Children's Book Council 2017-2018 Reading Beyond list
- 2017 Grand Canyon Readers Award Nominee
- 2017 North Carolina Book Award Nominee
- NYC Reads 365 Fifth Grade Reading List
- South Carolina Book Award Nominee
- Virginia Reader's Choice List
- 2016 Master List for Illinois' Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
- Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, 2015-2016
- Americas Latino Book Award by the Americas Latino Eco-Festival
- Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year 2014 for 9-12, Adventures and Mystery category
- Junior Library Guild Selection
- Winner of the Mock Newbery Award at Sunrise Elementary School, Aurora, CO
- Mountain Dog has been named a 2014-2015 Georgia Book Award Nominee.
- Winner of the Mock Newbery Award at Mount Kisco Elementary School in Mt. Kisco, NY
- Cybils Award 2013 nominee for Middle Grade Fiction
- Parent's Choice Award Silver Honor in Fiction
- Kirkus Best Book of the Year for 2013