Saturday, September 22, 2012

No More Dead Dogs

No More Dead Dogs
By Gordon Korman
Recorded Books, 2001. 4.5 hours. Young Adult

Eighth grader Wallace Wallace never tells a lie--ever. Not even when it means that his English teacher gives him ongoing detention that forces him off the football team when he writes a book review of Old Shep, My Pal and calls it the worst book ever. Refusing to cave and say he likes the book, Wallace is forced to serve detention with his teacher, who is directing the upcoming school play, which just happens to be Old Shep, My Pal. With as much as he dislikes the book, Wallace can't help but offer ideas for how to improve the play. As Wallace gets some flack from his football friends, and someone seems out to sabotage the play, Wallace and some of drama kids, and even their teacher, find out a lot about life and what's important to them.

This is a good choice for those looking for a humorous book or a short audio book. Wallace is an endearing character, and readers will cheer for him as he points out that too many dog books involve the dog dying--so true! I didn't love the voice for some of the minor characters, but the narrator for Wallace did a good job.


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