K. A. Nuzum--best-selling author of A Small White Scar, named a Booklist Top Ten First Novel and nominated as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults--delivers clear, crisp prose that's reminiscent of John Steinbeck. The Leaning' Dog tells the bittersweet tale of a girl with agoraphobia, a dog with claustrophobia, and the friendship that saves them both. Dessa really needs a friend. A friend with whom she can confide and share all the joys of Christmas. But with hope almost gone, Dessa hears a scratching sound that changes her life forever.