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author: Kenneth M. Cadow

Ian Gray isnít supposed to have a dog, but a lot of things that shouldnít happen end up happening anyway. And Gather, Ianís adopted pup, is good company now that Ian has to quit the basketball team, find a job, and take care of his mom as she tries to overcome her opioid addiction. Despite the obstacles thrown their way, Ian is determined to keep his family afloat no matter what it takes. And for a little while, things are looking up: Ian makes friends, and his fondness for the outdoors and for fixing things lands him work helping neighbors. But an unforeseen tragedy results in Ian and his dog taking off on the run, trying to evade a future that would mean leaving their house and their land. Even if the community comes together to help him, would Ian and Gather have a home to return to?

Told in a wry, cautious first-person voice that meanders like a dog circling to be sure itís safe to lie down, Kenneth M. Cadowís resonant debut brings an emotional and ultimately hopeful story of one teenís resilience in the face of unthinkable hardships.

A National Book Award Finalist
A Michael L. Printz Honor Book

A resourceful teenager in rural Vermont struggles to hold on to the family home while his mom recovers from addiction in this striking debut novel.
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1536234184 /  9781536234183
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Young Adult Fiction / EBook
age range:
14 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
336 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 9 and up
Juvenile Fiction; Animals; Coming Of Age; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Kenneth M. Cadow is an educator and writer. Gather is his first young adult novel. About this book, he says, ďIn my teaching career, I have encountered dozens upon dozens of stories like Ianís: kids whose spirits are threatened to be crushed by societal disregard. The kids who are able to pull through by the ingenuity of their skill set and the strength of their character, as well as the care of their larger communities, are some of the strongest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.Ē Kenneth Cadow is the father of three remarkable adults and lives with his wife and their dog, Quinnie, in Pompanoosuc, Vermont.
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