Mary Margaret and The Perfect Pet Plan by Christine Kole MacLean

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Mary Margaret is desperate for a pet. But her father is allergic to almost everything, and her mother is too busy with the new baby coming to focus on finding a hypoallergenic pet for her precocious, nearly-nine-year-old daughter. So Mary Margaret takes matters into her own hands and comes up with some very interesting ideas about how to get a pet—ideas that include harboring a runaway rat, playing farmer for a family of ants, and selling "poop purses" to dog owners in the hopes of raising enough money to get a dog and pay kennel fees. Young readers will cheer as this indomitable heroine finds a very unique way of dealing with the common childhood desire for a pet.

About Christine Kole MacLean

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Christine Kole MacLean is the author of Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms, illustrated by Mike Reed, of which School Library Journal wrote: "A good pick for sparking pretend play and maybe even an occasional embrace.
Published January 1, 2004 by Scholastic Inc.. 168 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Her neighbor, an awkward, necktie-wearing, violin-playing eight-year-old named Andy, intrigues Mary Margaret, but it's the sight of his puppy, Itzy, that makes her hatch a plan to get a pet—any pet.

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