“Waiting for the Magic”

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan (2011) At just 143 pages, this title about a family who adopts 3 dogs and a cat describes the brother and sister facing the question of what happens when their father walks out and leaves them behind. The mother left to take care of them drives to the animal shelter and takes all the pets home. As the children wonder if their father will return, they are captivated by the new members of the family who can ‘talk’ to them! the animals help them cope with the sadness of their loss and eventually help the entire family piece themselves back together again.

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