After his father leaves, William's mother promptly goes out and adds four dogs and a cat to their lives. William is sure nothing can fill the hole left by his father, but the new additions to the family are determined to help.
Patricia MacLachlan (born 1938) is a bestselling U.S. children's author, best known for winning the 1986 Newbery Medal for her book Sarah, Plain and Tall. The book was later turned into a TV movie starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken.
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