Saving Baby Doe

Saving Baby Doe

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9780698149847
  • 240 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • 10 and up


Lionel 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.

Danette Vigilante crafts an accessible, heartfelt and much needed story for the middle grade market featuring Latino characters.


“Vigilante’s finely tuned depiction of Lionel’s neighborhood and of his jumbled feelings…is both believable and engaging…a great selection for middle school readers, who will empathize with Lionel throughout.”–The Horn BookThe Horn Book

“Vigilante writes about tough subjects with an engaging clarity and a tender touch.”–The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (BCCB)

“Touchy topics…are tackled frankly and with tremendous insight. Many aspects of this book are especially welcome for middle-grade fiction, including the authentic urban setting…and a cast of multidimensional Latino characters.”–BooklistBooklist

“Vibrant setting and three-dimensional cast…appealing tale of urban friendship.”–Kirkus