The premise: Eleven-year-old Madison wants a dog in the worst way, but her step-dad Henry won't allow it. That's frustrating enough, but when she begins middle school, Madison doesn't fit anywhere anymore. And when Madison meets a new boy named Cooper and her step-dad suddenly brings home a rescue dog, Madison's life turns topsy-turvy.
What keeps readers reading: Madison's discoveries. Some concern herself and her family, while others reveal something terrible that's happening right in her neighborhood.
What I loved: Madison's determination to do right.
I purposely kept my thoughts short for this MMGM because I asked Pam to share some background on why she wrote this story and why she donates part of her proceeds to animal shelters. Here is her response:
“In the process of writing a book to leave as a legacy to my grandchildren, I began my research and learned that there are almost 80,000 million dogs in the United States. Even more interesting was the number of abused and abandoned dogs and that there are 4.7 million dog bite victims each year in the U.S., and that over half of those victims are children. I also learned that dogs and other pets are often the victims of people focused on making money through ignorance, abandonment, dog fighting and puppy mills.
Suddenly, this project became much bigger than a simple story about a girl and a dog. Owning a dog is so much more than the cute little puppy in the Christmas stocking. Inviting a dog, or pet into your home brings with it a responsibility. As human beings it's our job to speak for those that can't and Madison's story is about how she steps up and makes a difference.
It just seemed appropriate to use proceeds from the book to support the ASPCA, an organization that began in 1870 working to protect animals from being abused and abandonment.”
Pam, I love that your story is both a legacy for your grandkids and speaking out for those who can't do so on their own.
To enter the giveaway for Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog, simply leave a comment on this post by 8pm on Sunday, December 9, 2012. Blog followers will be entered in the drawing twice. U.S. mailing addresses only, please. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 10th.
For more middle grade book recommendations, follow the links on Shannon Messenger's blog.
Happy middle grade reading!