“Why I am worried about where you came from?” I asked Ella. “I don’t even know where I came from.”
Latasha Gandy returns in LATASHA AND THE KIDD ON KEYS, the story of a whip-smart and headstrong nine-year-old living in Pittsburgh with her nurse’s aide mother and a three-legged rescue dog named Ella Fitzgerald.
Latasha leads a very full life. But something isn’t quite right. She can feel it when she spends time with her best friend Ricky’s picture-perfect family—a longing, a sense that something is missing. Latasha soon realizes that it’s not something that’s missing, but someone: her father, Patrick Kidd, a charming but utterly unreliable musician whom she hasn’t seen in years. When Latasha gets a chance to reconnect, the almost-fourth-grader resolves to make “The Kidd” a real part of her family. Through laughter and tears, and with profound empathy, this novel follows Latasha as she struggles with her flighty father, the growing friction between herself and Ricky, a massive school project—and, as always, a puppy whose loving nature is surpassed only by her naughtiness.
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“Latasha and the Kidd on Keys is a strong addition to any youth fiction collection, highly recommended.” — Midwest Book Review, December 2012
“Both dogs and deep emotional issues occupy the center of this fetching sequel, and the occasional realistically modeled black-and-white illustrations capture several of its more intimate and wryly comical moments.” — Booklist, April 1, 2013
“Scotto also understands that reality doesn’t always have the perfect endings readers might expect. What he delivers instead is all the more valuable. His touches of poignancy and authentic, loving relationships won’t sugarcoat reality but instead will show how family and friends (and perhaps an affectionate puppy) can help ease life’s troubles.” — ForeWord Reviews, February 28, 2013
“I think this sequel is even better than the first book, and I hope this won’t be the last we see of Latasha!” — Secrets & Sharing Soda
“I highly recommend it for middle grade readers.” — Maria’s Mélange
“This story is especially touching…this is a family I’ve grown to love.” — Journey of a Bookseller
“We need more stories like this.” — Tiffany’s Bookshelf