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Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen

Notes from the Dog

by Gary Paulsen

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Actually, the title was only a tiny bit relevant, in fact it was almost an annoying sub-plot. Other than that, I really don't know what to say. It was a fun book, even though one of the main characters has cancer. I totally identified with 14 year old Finn, who knows that 'books are safe' and looks forward to summer vacation so he can 'turtle up.' Very quick read. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Paulsen knows how to pull us into a story and care deeply about the characters. A moving story about two middle grade boys, best friends, who connect with a young woman fighting breast cancer. The characters are sweet and the situation poignant. Suitable for grade 6-9. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Apr 14, 2014 |
Nothing I haven't read before. ( )
  DeFor | Nov 28, 2013 |
A sensitive, heartfelt story about friendship and compassion. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
This is a great story of an unexpected friendship between neighbors and Finn's best friend, his dog. This is a great chapter book with simple vocabulary, but I would recommend this for a fourth grade classroom. ( )
  JodiEasley | Dec 3, 2012 |
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“Sometimes having company is not all it’s cracked up to be.” Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer he’s hoping for a job where he doesn’t have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door. She’s 10 years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan loves her, too. Johanna’s 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.

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When Johanna shows up at the beginning of summer to house-sit next door to Finn, he has no idea of the profound effect she will have on his life by the time summer vacation is over.

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