Dear Toni

Dear Toni

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When sixth-grader Gene Tucks moves south, she dreads being the new kid at school and almost everything else about her life as a "nobody." But what she dreads most is the hundred-day journal-writing assignment her teacher has given the class. His brilliant idea is to have the journals locked in the town museum's vault for forty years so that future grade-sixers can read them.

At first, Gene has trouble writing to someone who isn't even born yet. But little by little, Dear Nobody becomes Dear Somebody, who evolves into Dear Toni. And bit by bit, Toni, a good listener, becomes a best friend to whom Gene tells everything. And, there's lots to tell. Gene's family is in transition to say the least. Her dad is looking for work, they are moving -- again, her brother is the bane of her existence, and, more than anything else in the world, Gene wants something she can't have -- a dog. Toni is the first to learn that Gene is moving to a rent-free empty apartment at the back of a gas station, so her dad can manage it. And wonder of wonders, the owner's dog needs looking after. Not just any dog; a St. Bernard who happens to have three pups. Through Gene's one hundred entries the whole story unwinds and in the end, just like Toni does forty years later, we have come to know one of the freshest, funniest characters to grace the pages of a book in a very long time.

Decorated with doodles by the author, Dear Toni has the look and feel of a journal, but the heart of a special 12 year old.


In reprinting Dear Toni by Cyndi Sand-Eveland, we applied the incorrect award designation to its cover. Although the book was on the short list, it was not the winner of the 2009-2010 Hackmatack Award. The winning English Fiction title was Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee (Scholastic). We regret the error and apologize to all concerned.
ISBN: 9781770492493
Branch Call Number: JUV PBK San

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thereader321
Mar 16, 2013

I read A TINFOIL SKY before this book, but when I did it was fantastic. This is the first novel for kids by this author! A TINFOIL SKY is one of the many 2013 book nominees, also by this same author. The pups and Sally looked so cool in the drawings Gene made. I really liked how at the end of the book the author used the point of view of somone 40 years later. LOVED IT!!!

samdog123 May 27, 2010

I really enjoyed this story! Gene and her family experience a bit of hard luck in term of her father's employment. They move to a new town where Gene has trouble fitting in. Her teacher gives the class a journal assignment and she begins to write to her imaginary friend, Toni. I really felt for many of the things Gene went through, from feeling left out at school, wishing for a friend and for a secure home.

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hkhan2001
May 14, 2010

this book is the winner for silver birch express!!

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saly889
May 04, 2010

the book is to die for

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sejudar
Apr 29, 2010

this book is a relly good book. A must read book !!! it was funny,cool and read it ok

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acaf
Apr 02, 2010

I would do it

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peace4evagirl932
Mar 31, 2010

LOVE IT!!!!! BEST BOOK EVA READ IT PLZ!!!!!

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peaceoutgirl456
Mar 31, 2010

I love this book it's awesome everybody read it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Maheesha
Mar 26, 2010

I am glad you like it shobitha maheesha send it I LOVED THE BOOK TOOOO!!!!1

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Silvy88
Mar 26, 2010

Dear Toni was a gr8 book!
diary style RULES!!!

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