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Author: Gordon Korman

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Publisher: Hyperion, 2002

Material: hard cover

Summary: Wallace Wallace refuses to write a paper about one more dead—or dying—dog. His decision lands him in detention, in the auditorium, where where he witnesses the theatrical version of his unfinished book report. Wallace begins to contribute his ten cents to the production and unintentionally raises the popularity of the play. Wallace himself eventually chooses the play over his position on the football team. When vandalism abounds on the set, Wallace sniffs out the culprit so the show could go on—with a surprise ending! This chapter book tells its story from two points of view: Wallace and his classmate Rachel.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 9 and Up

Reading Level: 4.5

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: Without giving the end away, I liked how Korman ENDED the story an unexpected twist. Yes, all the dogs in the stories Wallace mentions do die! That surprised me and was sad to think about. I didn’t really care for the switches between Rachel and Wallace, but I guess it was necessary for the story. Like Wallace, I wanted all the dogs to live, too.

I am 15 now, and I read this book for the first time in elementary school. It is just as interesting now.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Wallace is an eighth grader kids will relate to. The story appeals to all kinds of readers, and is just as fun the second and third time around!

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I would buy it as a gift for a guy who likes to read or even one who doesn’t because it is very funny. He would root for Wallace before he caught himself. If all else fails, get it from the library because it is a good read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Gary D. Schmidt and Schooled by Gordon Korman THE WEDNESDAY WARS   EVERY SOUL A STAR   MY BROTHER'S HERO

Educational Themes: This is a story that is meant to be enjoyed just for itself, but there are several themes that make it a nice choice for discussion in a book club environment.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - school, boys, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2013

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