Mountain Dog

Mountain Dog

By Margarita Engle; Aleksey &. Olga Ivanov (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805095166, 224pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2013


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 Tio 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.
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2013.

About the Author
Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist whose books include "The Surrender Tree", a Newbery Honor book and winner of the Jane Addams Children s Book Award, the Pura Belpre Award, the Americas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award; "The Poet Slave of Cuba", winner of the Pura Belpre Award and the Americas Award; "Tropical Secrets;" "The Firefly Letters;" "Hurricane Dancers;" "The Wild Book; The Lightning Dreamer, "winner of the PEN Literary Award for Young Adult Literature; and"Silver People". She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her at

OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV illustrated the "Charlotte s Web" beginning readers. They live in Colorado.

Praise For Mountain Dog

"Fascinating." -- BCCB

"A thoughtful and sensitive story that touches on immigration, family, and other serious issues." -- School Library Journal

Praise for Hurricane Dancers:

* “Once again, Engle fictionalizes historical fact in a powerful, original story.” —Booklist, starred review

“The unique juxtaposition of poetry and cruelty creates a peculiar literary tension.” —VOYA

“Unique and inventive, this is highly readable historical fiction that provides plenty of fodder for discussion.” —School Library Journal

“Like intersecting riptides, several first-person narratives converge in this verse novel of the sixteenth century.” —The Horn Book Magazine

“The subject matter is an excellent introduction to the age of exploration and its consequences, showing slavery sinking its insidious roots in the Americas and the price paid by those who were there first.” —Publishers Weekly

“Taken individually the stories are slight, but they work together elegantly; the notes and back matter make this a great choice for classroom use.” —Kirkus Reviews