Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Book Review - Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog
When eleven-year-old Madison Morgan’s sixth-grade teacher told her class they were all to start their own blogs for a class project, Madison knew exactly what she wanted to write about – dogs! Madison had always loved dogs, a trait she inherited from her Mom who passed away a few years earlier.
More than anything else, Madison wanted a dog of her own. Her Dad, Henry, still needed some convincing, but eventually he gave in, and brought home a dog for Madison to foster, named Lily. Tiny and shy, Lily was not exactly Madison’s dream dog, However, Madison learned to appreciate why it was that Lily needed extra special tlc, after teaming up with her classmate Cooper for her blog project. As part of their assignment, Madison and Cooper make several trips to the local dog shelter, run by Netta, a friend of Madison’s mom, to learn more about shelters and fostering.
As the story develops, we learn, that Cooper has a secret - one he is not proud off - about his family and Lily’s background. Eventually the secret comes out and there is only one thing Madison can do. Through trust, friendship, and a common love for dogs, Madison, Cooper, Henry, and Netta, help some very special dogs in need.
Madison Morgan is a sweet book that every young dog lover will enjoy. Pam Torres creates enjoyable characters that middle grade readers will easily be able to relate to and appreciate. The subject matter, while serious, is presented perfectly for the intended age group.
About the Book:
Life is getting tricky for eleven-year-old Madison Morgan. She’s not interested in boys, fashion, or the latest gossip, unlike her best friend Paige. Since her mom died, her stepdad, who she knows as Henry, has way too many complicated systems around the house but way too little to say about her mom’s death. To top it off, in her first year of middle school, Madison and her new friend Cooper have become the “school project” of a bully named Donald. And all she really wants is a dog to call her own, but all she gets is the parental-brush-off. What is a straight-talking, spunky middle grader going to do? Kids from ages nine- to twelve-years-old are sure to get a laugh from every page of Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog, the young adult novel by author Pam Torres that charts the sometimes tough, frequently funny days of the wise-cracking, dog-loving Madison. When her dad arrives home with a foster dog, a scrawny brown terrier named Lilly, Madison is amazed to find she has an ability to understand dogs, their emotions, and often their pasts. However, this rare ability also leads her to uncover some extremely harmful activities that are happening right in her very own neighborhood. If she exposes the culprits behind them, she may risk losing Cooper, not to mention destroy her plan to remain invisible at school. As Madison struggles to feel normal and understand her ability to translate dog-speak, this coming-of-age story shares how one quirky young girl saves the day with the help of her father and their friend Netta at the Second Chance Rescue Shelter. Frank, funny, and full of adventure, Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog is a must for any middle grader, who is certain to be enthralled by this dog blogger.
Author, Pam Torres will be donating 10% of the proceeds to the ASPCA®, animal shelters and other programs to benefit homeless or abused animals.
About The Author:
**I was provided a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.**