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Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog (Volume 1)

by Pam Torres

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This was an amazing story of an 11 year old girl and her passion for dogs. I love that this book, written for middle grade children, addresses the important topic of animal rescue and foster care for dogs. The story was heart warming and entertaining while also educating on a relevant issue. Highly recommended for all dog lovers! ( )
  cwhisenant11 | Sep 30, 2014 |
This is a fun Chapter Book for older elementary age children.
Madison is beginning sixth grade in Middle School. She is not
very excited about it and decides she just wants to appear
invisible. Her best friend, Paige, is excited to start Middle
School. She has gotten interested in fashion and boys...boring.
They have been friends since first grade. Now Madison hardly
recognizes Paige with this new attitude and interests.
Then there is Henry, her step-dad. He also feels she should be
excited to be"growing up". If she is growing up then why can't
she have a dog? He tells her this is too big of a responsibility
for her. He is OK for a Dad. Her mother died when Morgan was five.
Henry came into her life when she was three. He said it was just a name
so never objected to her calling him Henry. She only called him "Dad"
when she addressed him about something important.
Morgan starts school as part of a special group to work with computers
and is informed they will be creating a school blog. She is assigned
to come up with an idea for a special post.
That week when she spends her scheduled evening TV activity with Henry,
a show about a dog mill was on Animal Planet (one of the few shows she is
allowed to watch - Henry has a very scheduled "System" with strict rules).
There is a "bully", a boy "bullied" and the "cool" group involved in this
story.
[Spoiler] Madison becomes friends with the "bullied" boy when she is assigned
by the teacher to partner with him on her project. This opens up a chain of
events that is sure to keep the reader's interest.
Madison has a quick wit and a dry humor. It will keep a YA entertained.
This is quite well-written and is, hopefully, the beginning of a new series.
I give this a solid Four Stars rating. ( )
  LAWonder10 | Jun 10, 2013 |
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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.

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