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Notes from the Dog

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Publisher Comments:

“Sometimes having company is not all its cracked up to be.” Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer hes hoping for a job where he doesnt have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door. Shes 10 years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan loves her, too. Johannas dealing with breast cancer, and Matthew and Finn learn to care for her, emotionally and physically. When she hires Finn to create a garden, his gardening ideas backfire comically. But Johanna and the garden help Finn discover his talents for connecting with people.

Review:

"Paulsen (Mudshark) writes another touching story about human kindness and humanity. Reclusive and insecure, Finn lives with his father, his dog and his friend Matthew, whose parents are divorcing. Being 14 isn't easy for Finn ('I feel like an alien dropped onto a strange planet and that I always have to be on the lookout for clues and cues on how to act and what to say,' he muses), and his plan for summer is to talk to 'fewer than a dozen people' and read as many books as possible. However, his intentions are thwarted when 24-year-old Johanna shows up to house-sit for his neighbors. She is lighthearted, imaginative, optimistic and has breast cancer. While Finn is usually overwhelmed by human contact, Johanna's sensitivity is disarming, and she hires him to plant a garden for her as a distraction from her illness. The plot is straightforward, but Paulsen's thoughtful characters are compelling and their interactions realistic. This emotional, coming-of-age journey about taking responsibility for one's own happiness and making personal connections will not disappoint. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, The Amazing Life of Birds, and Mudshark.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385738453
Author:
Paulsen, Gary
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - Diseases
Subject:
Gardening
Subject:
Self-confidence
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - Diseases, Illnesses &
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Dogs
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090728
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.26x5.80x.63 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
12-14

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Product details 144 pages Wendy Lamb Books - English 9780385738453 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Paulsen (Mudshark) writes another touching story about human kindness and humanity. Reclusive and insecure, Finn lives with his father, his dog and his friend Matthew, whose parents are divorcing. Being 14 isn't easy for Finn ('I feel like an alien dropped onto a strange planet and that I always have to be on the lookout for clues and cues on how to act and what to say,' he muses), and his plan for summer is to talk to 'fewer than a dozen people' and read as many books as possible. However, his intentions are thwarted when 24-year-old Johanna shows up to house-sit for his neighbors. She is lighthearted, imaginative, optimistic and has breast cancer. While Finn is usually overwhelmed by human contact, Johanna's sensitivity is disarming, and she hires him to plant a garden for her as a distraction from her illness. The plot is straightforward, but Paulsen's thoughtful characters are compelling and their interactions realistic. This emotional, coming-of-age journey about taking responsibility for one's own happiness and making personal connections will not disappoint. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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