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Margolis, Leslie. Boys Are Dogs. 195 p. Bloomsbury. 2008. ISBN 978-1-59990-221-0.
Sorry guys, this book’s probably not for you. It’s pretty much a girl book. 🙂 And what a girl book it is!
Annabelle life is in upheaval. It’s summer between 5th and 6th grade. Annabelle and her Mom are moving about an hour away from their North Hollywood (CA) apartment so that Annabelle’s Mom and her Mom’s new boyfriend, Ted Weeble (Annabelle calls him “Dweeble”) can live together. Annabelle has to start 6th grade in a new school. She’s always gone to an all-girls Catholic school where they all had to wear uniforms. Now, not only will there be boys at school, but she also will have to figure out what she’s going to wear to school every day!
Annabelle says good-bye to her best friends when her Mom picks her up from summer camp. When they arrive at their new home, her Mom tells her there is a surprise waiting for her. Annabelle quickly looks to see if there’s a new basketball hoop. That would be so cool. But, there’s not. When she gets inside, she see’s a giant ball of fur running towards her. Her Mom and Dweeble bought her a puppy! She’s excited, but there is no way she is going to let them know that.
As she begins to train her puppy, she starts using the same techniques on some of the boys she is meeting at school. She’s getting amazing results-not just with her puppy, but with handling the boys as well. Boys Are Dogs is laugh-out-loud funny. Enjoy!
Genre: Realistic fiction
Tags: dogs, boys, middle school, moving, relationships, friends, training, family
Series: no, but if you like Boys Are Dogs, you’ll probably enjoy Girls Acting Catty, by Leslie Margolis.
A/R Reading level: 4.2
Interest level: Grades 4-8
Link to Harvest Park Library catalog: Boys Are Dogs