BriefINK Review: ‘Boys Are Dogs’ by Leslie Margolis

Briefly: Annabelle’s life won’t be the same when she gets home from summer camp. First, her home has changed from the apartment that she and her mom shared to the two of them living with her mom’s boyfriend, Ted Weeble. Dweeble. On top of that, she will no longer be going to the all-girls school where her friends are; she has to attend the neighborhood middle school where she knows no one.

One bright spot? Her mom and Dweeble got her a puppy. Which is great, unless he’s peeing on the floor, eating the garbage or tearing up the garden. It is Annabelle’s responsibility to train the dog with the help of a manual that tells her exactly how to get the results she wants. Soon she realizes that many of the methods in the book can help to train the boys at school. But can a middle school boy really learn new tricks?

Didja Like It?: An easy read, it’s a cute story that has just enough drama that needs to be tied up in the end. Much like the dog. And the boys.

Anything Else to Mention?: It’s the perfect book for the age that it is about – sixth graders. There’s hints of Annabelle’s friends from her old school changing, which can be confusing if you feel you’re being left behind. The new boyfriend/new house storyline works well, too. There are no over-the-top dramatics; it all seems very real.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a great book for girls that are in middle school.

Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis was published September 2, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. Ink and Page borrowed this book from her daughter, who checked it out of the school library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.

Rating: 3

Genre: Middle Grades Fiction Contemporary
Ages: 10 and up
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