I read a book to my cousin two years ago which I would like to revisit. It was a book about a girl whose mother goes to jail after being accused of stealing drugs from the pharmacy she worked at.
I think the girl's name was Lucy, or maybe Lucy was her dog's name, but I'm not quite sure. After her mom is sent to jail, she is sent to live with this woman who cares for her. At the woman's house (forgot her name), she gets fed more food than she got with her mother (her mother doesn't get much pay).
Lucy also has a dog. I think that the name was Lucky, but I'm not quite sure.
The cover is the back view of Lucy hugging a dog with black and brown fur. They are staring outside a window, and Lucy is wearing a green shirt. The book was published by Scholastic in 2016-2018, but I think that it was most likely published in 2018. The targeted audience is probably 2nd grade to fourth grade, my cousin was in third grade when I read it to her.
Word count: 20,000-40,000 words. The book was about half-inch to a full inch thick.
Oh, forgot to add something! Lucy and her mother liked to say something like this at bedtime:
"I love you."
"I love you too."
"I love you three."
"I love you four."
"I love you more."
The book is written in English