Love Like Louie
Love Like Louie
A heartwarming story of a girl and a lost dog, and the ‘character do-over’ they both experience.
Sixth-grader Emi wants to be anyone other than Emi. She hopes that trying out for the school play will change her life, earning her a place among the popular kids. But her shyness is overwhelming. On top of that, she is no longer speaking to her best friend, Grace, who has now made friends with the "mean girls." And there's the mystery of a note that Emi carries everywhere with her.
After yet another bad day at school, Emi meets an abandoned, skinny, mangy lost dog with an attitude, which melts Emi's heart. Her parents make it clear she can't keep him. But Emi works hard to help him and learns right away that in order to help him, she must choose to love this unlovable dog--not an easy choice.
At school, Emi unfolds the tales of the lost dog, Louie, during lunch. Soon, one by one, kids gather to listen, enthralled by Emi's amazing gift of storytelling. She shares each day how, with the aid of a shelter close by, she's helping Louie build trust. Helping Louie, though, means Emi will have to give him up soon so a loving family can adopt him. And letting go proves to be more difficult than she imagined. But then something happens that changes them both forever.
The grandmother and granddaughter duo, Danise DiStasi and Evi Sobb, wrote Love Like Louie based on the true-life tale of their adopted dog, Louie. Middle-grade children will relate to Emi and the other children, and will experience their own character do-over, thanks to the tale of Emi and Louie.
Discussion questions are included in the back of the book for guided learning.