Mogie

The Heart of the House

Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
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About The Book

Mogie is a real-life Labradoodle with a special talent: he always knows just what a sick kid needs! Get to know this passionate pup with this story by a Newbery Honoree.

Give that dog a puddle and he’d splash. Give him a whistle and he’d roll over. Give him a rule and he’d break it.

One day a passel of puppies was born. Each puppy was designated for a Very Important Job, like Service Dog, or Search and Rescue Dog, or Groomed for the Show Ring Dog.

Each puppy, that is, except Mogie. Mogie was a ball-chasing, tail-wagging, moon-howling pup. Not the kind of pup for any of those jobs!

But there is a place that is just right for Mogie: a very special house where sick children and their families can stay while they undergo long-term treatment. A place with children who NEED a ball-chasing, tail-wagging, moon-howling pup.

And there’s one little boy in particular who needs Mogie. And Mogie is about to prove he’s the best darn pooch in the passel. Based on a true story, this heartwarming picture book is published in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House.

About The Author

Photograph courtesy of the author

Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award–winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Maybe a Fox (with Alison McGhee), Keeper, and many picture books including Counting Crows. She has two grown children and lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband. Visit her at KathiAppelt.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 2014)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442480544
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD470L

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas State Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (IN)
  • Show Me Readers Award Master List (MO)
  • WA Children's Choice Picture Book Award Master List
  • MSTA Reading Circle List
  • Writer's League of Texas Finalist
  • Eureka Nonfiction Gold Award (CA)

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