Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog
by Pam Torres
Received for Review from Author
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Life is getting way too tricky for eleven-year-old Madison Morgan. She’s not interested in boys, fashion, or the latest gossip, unlike her best friend Paige. Her stepdad, who she knows as Henry, has way too many systems around the house since her Mom died. To top it off, 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 Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog, which tells the heartwarming story of the sometimes tough, frequently funny days of the wise-cracking, dog-loving Madison. When her dad arrives home with 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, her gift also leads her to uncover some extremely harmful activities that are happening in her very own neighborhood.
Frank, funny, and full of adventure, this book is a must for any middle grader, who is certain to be enthralled by this dog blogger.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this book expecting to like the book, but not to be blown away. Boy was I wrong.
From the very first few pages I fell in love with Torres' writing style. She wrote in a way that made me genuinely feel like I was in an eleven-year-old girl's head. Her writing flowed seamlessly and sucked me into the story from the very first page until the very last page. All in all Pam Torres' writing style was compelling, intriguing, and genuine.
Then there were her characters; I absolutely adored Madison. I felt really connected to her and found myself rooting for her as she went about her daily life. She's going through an awkward phase. Her friend Paige is becoming more and more distanced and Madison doesn't know what to do.
She knows she wants a dog. When her dad finally caves and gets her a foster dog named Lilly, it marks the start of new friendships and adventures that will hit home with readers.
I also really liked Cooper. He was quiet and shy, but I really loved reading about him and watching him progress in this novel. I even liked the way Pam portrayed her bully Donald. He wasn't a character who you outright hated but you didn't like him either. Each character was brilliantly developed and left me thoroughly enraptured with their tales.
In Summary: A beautifully written and compelling story that readers of all fans will adore. A book with an all-star cast and masterful writing that left me thoroughly entertained. Definitely recommended.
The Wrap-Up: This book is geared for younger (mg) readers; however, I still really loved this book. Torres brilliantly depicted the voice of an eleven year old girl and chose an intriguing topic that manged to inform, entertain, and amuse me all at once. A great read worth reading.