Leslie Connor
A HOME FOR GODDESSES AND DOGS (Katherine Tegen Books, 2020)

Selected for the Spring 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List – “Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers.”

"Similarly, Lydia slowly learns to cope with her grief, sometimes aided by spending time with 'the goddesses'―artistic collages of strong women that she and her mother crafted. Gentle, fully fleshed characters . . . are lovingly drawn in this long tale of healing . . . her [Lydia's] poignant tale is engaging and uplifting. An almost-orphan and a rescue dog share lots of heart in a winsome coming-of-age story. "—Kirkus Reviews

"What stands out is the narrative’s essential kindness, as Lydia heals and rediscovers the meaning of home and family."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Beautifully woven story lines and characters mesh together as Lydia, Guffer, the goats, and her family all start to heal from the inside out. Connor . . . has an innate ability to broach difficult subjects with gentleness, and the myriad strong female characters will be embraced by readers seeking heroines to cheer for."—School Library Journal (starred review)

"A dreamy, introspective story from the award-winning author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, A Home for Goddesses and Dogs explores grief and family through the relatable lens of a 13-year-old girl left bereft by the untimely death of her beloved artist mother...The emotional depth and sensitivity of the characters feels authentic, while Connor’s sharp descriptions bring a winter pastoral wonderland into sharp focus."—Booklist

“A small masterpiece. Every page offers something to cherish—a new thought, a wry chuckle, a tender sigh of sorrow or joy. Lydia’s story is comforting yet never comfortable. Leslie Connor is a writing goddess!”—Tricia Springstubb, author of Moonpenny Island and Every Single Second

“Connor gives us a resilient heroine as well as insightful commentary on love and joy, in addition to the inherent injustices of life; a heroine whose internal strength and subtle emotional growth will engage readers and encourage them to delve into larger questions.”—Padma Venkatraman, author of The Bridge Home, the 2019 Middle School Global Read Aloud

“A sensitive, heart-forward look at the way families take care of each other, the way dogs take care of their families, and the way love takes care of us all. Authentic and artful, A HOME FOR GODDESSES AND DOGS is easy to sink into and impossible to forget.”—Corey Ann Haydu, author of Eventown, The Someday Suitcase, and Rules for Stealing Stars

THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE (Katherine Tegen Books, 2018)


National Book Award Finalist

Schneider Family Award Winner

Publishers Weekly Best Books

Amazon Best Books

Kirkus Best of Children’s

New York Public Library Best Books

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books

Nerdy Book Club Middle Grade Winner

Nebraska Golden Sower Award

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Illinois Children’s Choice Award Nominee

South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee

Colorado Children’s Book Award Nominee

“In this sensitively written novel, Connor introduces a learning-disabled 12-year-old who will warm readers’ hearts and earn their respect with his honesty and compassion. Poignant and suspenseful, Mason’s story crystalizes an adolescent boy’s joys and fears as he comes into his own.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Connor expertly captures the camaraderie of Calvin and Mason. A poignant underdog tale that will resonate with many young readers.” –School Library Journal (starred review)

“In a moving first-person narrative, Connor reveals a remarkably distinct and memorable character. The author weaves the back story into a narrative of redemption chronicling his growing friendships. Connor’s gift for creating complex characters extends to the supporting characters and makes this a compelling read.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Connor’s portrayal of Mason is spot-on, and the seventh-grader’s honesty shines through as his greatest attribute. Laced throughout the story, and evident at the end, is hope for a brighter future, both for the entire family and the community. A thoughtful look at human nature, resilience, and love.” –Booklist

“Mason’s voice is honest and true, and the multifaceted characters both enrich and propel the narrative.” –Horn Book Magazine

Leslie Connor is the author of several award-winning books for children, including All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Waiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, Crunch, Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel, and Dead on Town Line, a young adult novel in verse. She lives with her family in Connecticut.