Gaby, Lost and Found
When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Her flyers help the cats and
dogs 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?
Gaby is met with resistance at parts, as she tries to save one particular cat's life rather than see it get returned to uncaring owners, as well as when she tries to make sense of where her mother is and why she's there, and no one is able to make her feel better about the situation. She realizes that she has unfortunately found herself unsure of where or to whom to turn as her mother fights to find a way to return to the United States from Honduras.
The only "family" Gaby has outside of her mother and father come in the form of her best friend, Alma, and Alma's family. There is a support system at work in Gaby's community, but Alma is truly her best friend, standing up for and by Gaby at most every turn.
In 'Gaby, Lost and Found,' Angela Cervantes sheds light on some topics that often don't get too much press, at least not in the form of fiction books. The writing is young, but the book is written for young people, as it appeals to fourth to seventh graders, so it works well. Young readers who check out this book will be able to see strength, courage, uncertainty, kindness, and truth, among other personality traits, in the characters of the book. Since these are traits that all kids (and adults, for that matter) know well, they will find a stronger connection with the storyline as a result.