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Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante

Posted by Caitie F on March 16, 2014

Title: Saving Baby Doesaving baby doe
Author: Danette Vigilante
Pub Date: Mar 20, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

ionel and Anisa are the best of friends and have seen each other through some pretty tough times–Anisa’s dad died and Lionel’s dad left, which is like a death for Lionel. They stick together no matter what. So when Lionel suggests a detour through a local construction site on their way home, Anisa doesn’t say no.

And that’s where Lionel and Anisa make a startling discovery–a baby abandoned in a port-o-potty. Anisa and Lionel spring into action. And in saving Baby Doe, they end up saving so much more.


There have been many discussions about needed more diversity in YA books and I agree completely. This is a very diverse world and everyone should be able to find books that relate to their lives, especially young teenagers. There aren’t many books about teens living in the projects and I am so glad I found this one. Teens should see their situations in books.

I also think it is very important for young teens to read stories about kids that are much different than themselves. It helps everyone understand each other better and really can put things into perspective.

This book will pull at your heart so many times. I found myself tearing up at several moments and getting mad at our systems in place even more.

These kids is this book are caring people who do the right thing and get in trouble for it because of where they live and how they look. A humiliating thing is done by the hospital to the girl and I was so angry that it would happen in this country.

This book looks at so many issues facing teens today – poverty, absent parents, teen pregnancy, drugs, violence, death, and so much more but it is not an issue book. It is a book about people and the things they face every day.It doesn’t get preachy. There is one character that tries to help Lionel and gives advice, but it still is written in a way that makes it feel like it doesn’t preach.

What this book does best is that It shows both teens and adults as they are; some are good, some are bad, but most are just very complex people trying to do what they can for those that they love.

This book will not leave my mind any time soon and that is a great thing. I hope we see many more books like this in the young adult market.


One Response to “Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante”

  1. I need to get my hands on this book!

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