Latasha and the Little Red Tornado

“I’d known that Ella was kind of wild. But it was so much worse than I’d thought. My little girl was a natural disaster.”

LATASHA AND THE LITTLE RED TORNADO tells the story of Latasha Gandy, a precocious and inventive third-grader who lives in Pittsburgh with her hardworking mother and a naughty puppy named Ella Fitzgerald.

At eight years old, Latasha cannot wait to grow up. Ella, on the other hand, absolutely refuses to! When Ella’s antics push the Gandys’ landlady, Mrs. Okocho, to the edge of wits’ end, Latasha realizes that she must turn her mischievous mutt into a model dog. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this tale of friendship and maturity chronicles Latasha’s efforts to train Ella as she struggles with school and her mother’s demanding new job.

List Price: $10.99 US | ISBN: 978-0-9837243-0-8 | LCCN: 2011931640

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Praise for Latasha!

Finalist, ForeWord Reviews 2011 Book of the Year Award, Juvenile Fiction

August 2011 “Highlighted Title” —

“An engaging…heartwarming story about an African-American girl and her canine friend learning what it means to grow up and be responsible, together.” — Midwest Book Review, August 2011

“The premise is appealing…including a satisfying ending that’s not too neat.” — Kirkus Reviews, Oct. 15th, 2011

“[Scotto’s] sense of childhood emotions is pitch perfect…Middle readers will appreciate seeing themselves in the quick-paced story; parents will like the questions the book raises about responsibility and friendship. A winning addition to children’s literature.” — ForeWord Reviews, Oct. 19th, 2011

“Latasha is a lively, appealing, if sometimes precocious, protagonist.” — Booklist, January 13, 2012

“Many children will identify with and enjoy this engaging, realistic novel for young readers.” — Library Media Connection, March/April issue

“[Latasha] jumps off the page and into your heart.” — sharpread

“This would make a perfect series…when I finished the last page, I wanted to read more about Latasha.” — A Year of Reading

“When I closed the book, with a few tears in my eyes, I thought, What a good story.” — The Prairie Library

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