5. ICE DOGS
middle grade adventure/fiction
"I'm not taking you to another dog yard," my mom says. She thumps down her briefcase on the kitchen counter and grabs her cheese and cucumber sandwich from the fridge. Her blonde hair, highlighted to hide the grey, falls over her eyes as she stuffs a Ziploc with baby carrots. Then she stops and her tone softens with a sigh, "We can barely afford the dogs we have, Vicky."