Saving Baby Doe (Hardcover)

By Danette Vigilante

Putnam Publishing Group, 9780399251603, 230pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2014

List Price: 16.99*
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Lionel and Anisa are the best of friends and have seen each other through some pretty tough times--Anisa's dad died and Lionel's dad left, which is like a death for Lionel. They stick togetherno matter what. So when Lionel suggests a detour through a local construction site on their way home, Anisa doesn't say no.
And that's where Lionel andAnisa make a startling discovery--a baby abandoned in a port-o-potty.Anisa and Lionel spring into action.And in saving Baby Doe, they end up saving so much more.
Danette Vigilante crafts an accessible, heartfelt and much needed story for the middle grade market featuring Latino characters.

About the Author

Danette Vigilante grew up in the Red Hook Projects in Brooklyn and now lives in Staten Island, New York. She is the author of The Trouble with Half a Moon, which was nominated to the 2012-2013 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award."

Praise For Saving Baby Doe

"Vigilante's finely tuned depiction of Lionel's neighborhood and of his jumbled both believable and engaging...a great selection for middle school readers, who will empathize with Lionel throughout."--The Horn Book
-The Horn Book

"Vigilante writes about tough subjects with an engaging clarity and a tender touch."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)
-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

"Touchy topics...are tackled frankly and with tremendous insight. Many aspects of this book are especially welcome for middle-grade fiction, including the authentic urban setting...and a cast of multidimensional Latino characters."--Booklist

"Vibrant setting and three-dimensional cast...appealing tale of urban friendship."--Kirkus