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May 2019 Juvenile Fiction

Fenway and Hattie in the Wild
By (author): Victoria J. Coe
9781984812506 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs May 07, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.63 x 0.72 in 192 pages G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
In the fourth book in the adorable middle-grade series, Fenway gets a taste of the wild when he goes on a back-to-school camping trip with Hattie.

When Hattie starts using a word Fenway hasn’t heard in a long, long time - “skool” - some other things change as well. Hattie’s bushy ponytail disappears, clothes that smell like no one ever wore them get tossed around her room, and she smells nervous much more than usual. Then the family fills the Food Box with yummy hot dogs and loads it in the car. Fenway is thrilled that he gets to go along where ever they are going, and is even more excited when they arrive in the wilderness with tons of new scents to investigate, dogs and humans to meet, and lots of meat cooking over fires.

Hattie seems excited about it all, too, and happy her friend Angel also came, but when more families arrive with lots of new kids, she smells nervous again. Especially when one certain kid that all the others seem to follow everywhere starts bossing everyone around. Fenway can sympathize, because a tiny dog is doing the same thing to all the other dogs. Fitting in can be a tough business, but luckily both Fenway and Hattie come around to realizing that being true to themselves is much more important.

Series Overview: 1 Fenway and Hattie HC 2/2016; PB 1/2017

2 Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang HC 1/2017; PB 1/2018

3 Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks HC 1/2018; PB 1/2019

4 Fenway and Hattie In the Wild HC 5/2019; PB 5/2020

FITTING IN IS A BIG DEAL: Both Fenway and Hattie are the new kids and experience the nervousness and uncertainty of if they’ll be liked and how they’ll fit in.

BUT BEING YOURSELF IS MORE IMPORTANT: When an alpha dog and ringleader boy convince the groups to do things Fenway and Hattie don’t want to do, both decide going along with the crowd is just not for them.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Fenway doesn’t fully understand Hattie’s new haircut or worry over what she wears, but kids will relate to her back-to-school anticipation and anxiety.

OSOB OFF TO A GREAT START: Kids are coming to Book 1 through One School, One Book, introducing them to the fun world of Fenway in numbers that rival Humphrey’s first year! This exposure will bring tons of kids to the rest of the series.

WIDE READERSHIP: Fenway’s infectious energy appeals to both boys and girls, and kids from third grade all the way up to reluctant readers in middle school will relate to Hattie as told through Fenway’s eyes.

NEW SETTING: For the first time, Fenway explores beyond his backyard, and readers will delight in seeing him discover all the surprising scents, critters, activities, and—of course—treats at the camp site.

HIGHLY ENGAGED AUTHOR: Vicki is always engaging with teachers, librarians, and readers—she is constantly at conferences, creating materials for classrooms, and sparking excitement about Fenway and Hattie on Twitter.

Victoria J. Coe grew up in the seaside community of Duxbury, Massachusetts and went on to live in New York and San Francisco, as well as large and small towns on both coasts. She now lives with her family on the outskirts of Boston, where she and her dog are always on the lookout for delivery trucks. And squirrels.

Author Residence: Boston, MA

Praise for Fenway and Hattie:

2017 Global Read Aloud Selection

“This perky, pet-centered tale takes readers inside the head of Fenway, an energetic and perpetually hopeful Jack Russell terrier with a deep love for food, intense hatred of squirrels, and undying adoration of his ’small human,’ Hattie…A fun, fresh frolic that animal-loving kids are sure to enjoy.” -Publishers Weekly

“Readers will relate to Fenway’s impulsivity and delight in descriptions from his dog’s-eye view. Teachers and adults will appreciate generous sprinklings of rich vocabulary.” -School Library Journal

“Fenway may not understand Hattie’s behavior, but readers looking through his uncomprehending eyes will follow her ups and downs easily as she adjusts to the move. They’ll also wince in sympathy as she tries, with mixed success, to train, her barky, hyper, emotional pet.” -Booklist

“Delightful, fun, and imaginative.” -Pernille Ripp, 7th grade teacher and founder of the Global Read Aloud

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