Gaby, Lost and Found

Gaby, Lost and Found

Book - 2013
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Gaby Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her mother has been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She's confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby's favorite shelter cat together. But Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2013.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545489454
Characteristics: 220 pages ; 21 cm


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Feb 28, 2019

This is a simple, sweet story with surprising depth! I was moved to tears towards the end and definitely not expecting that. The story is pretty simply written, light and breezy to read, until it whacks you right in the feels.

The story is pretty straightforward on paper -- girl has troubled home life, girl finds solace in helping animals, girl seeks to right injustice towards an animal by doing something she probably shouldn't -- but where it really shines is the little details. Gaby's determination to keep herself going, coupled with her desire to save Feather along with herself, felt genuine to me. Gaby's mom and dad also felt pretty authentic in their motivations and troubles, which you don't always see in books about kids. I also appreciated that the story didn't tie up completely neatly, even if it did have an overall happy, uplifting ending. Kids facing similar situations with deported relatives might be more satisfied by the lack of perfection, and kids who don't have that experience in their lives can reach an understanding about what it's like to live that reality.

I would hand this to younger or lower-level readers looking for a cute animal story or the always-popular "I need a realistic fiction" request. This book could also be a great window or mirror for American kids with deported relatives, especially parents. Ultimately, it is a touching story of a young girl doing her best to help others even while she needs a little more help herself.

Jul 05, 2016

This book is so amazing.

Jun 01, 2016

I read this book a long time ago but wanted to comment on it. Gaby, Lost and Found is a great book for ages 7 & up. It always makes me laugh that I have a friend named Gabby that is like the opposite of Gaby Remirez Howards. AWESOME BOOK FOR EVERYONE!!!! I wish everyone could read this book!!

JCLChrisK May 20, 2016

A really excellent story about a girl dealing with some pretty serious life issues. Realistic and deep without being too heavy. Wonderfully tangible dialogue. Believably intelligent and capable young people who still make plenty of mistakes. Well, well done.

As part of a class project, animal-loving Gaby volunteers at a local animal shelter. She writes short advertisements for the animals to help get them adopted, and in a low moment writes one for herself. It provides a nice overview of the book's situation:

"Gaby Ramirez Howard

"Just call me the St. Ann's stray. Three months ago, my mom was deported, and now I live with my father, who looks at me like I'm just another job he wants to quit. I'm seeking a home where I can invite my best friend over, and have a warm breakfast a couple times a week. Waffles and scrambled eggs are my favorite! Having the newest cell phone or fancy clothes isn't important, but I'd like to have a cat that I can talk to when I'm home alone. Come visit me at Furry Friends Animal Shelter and take me home today!"

Apr 30, 2014

(BULLY) Sweet story of a girl who feels like a stray. Her mother gets deported back home to Hondurus, and she's left feeling alone. She has school project of volunteering at shelter. A good book that is diverse with sprinklings of easy to know spanish words. Excellent at showing the bond with Gaby has with her mom, friends and animals. Showcases different topics without being pushy. There is a little bit about some bullies, but its not the main idea of story. Plus she does stand up for herself. I think it would open up a lot of discussion of immagration laws and if they are fair. Also about shelters and the importance of being responsible for your pets. (Only question I had was, why couldn't the father marry the mom and give her status? I mean I know that its not instant like in movies, but it does at least give a person a chance to apply for citzenship.)

very good book


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Apr 23, 2020

violet_swan_441 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 11


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Jul 03, 2016

When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Her flyers help the dogs and cats there find their forever homes: places where they'll be loved and cared for no matter what.

Gaby is in need of a forever home herself. Her mother has recently been deported to Honduras And Gaby doesn't know where to turn. Meanwhile, Gaby's favorite shelter cat, Feather, needs a new place to live. Gaby would love to adopt her- but if Gaby doesn't have a place that feels like home to her, how can she help Feather?


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Jul 03, 2016

"The poor cat cried again."


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