Monday, December 3, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog (with giveaway!)

Fellow Marvelous Middle Grade Monday contributor Pam Torres has written a special story for a special reason, and today I'm honored to share both her story and her reason for writing it. I also have a copy of her book Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog to give away to one of you. Details at the end of this post.

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! 

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fantastic story. Dogs always wiggle their way into my stories, stubborn, cheeky characters that they are. We have the RSPCA in Australia, and they do amazing work trying to rehome pets.

    I'd love to read this book.

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  2. This does sound like a good book to read. Hooray to Pam for writing it.

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  3. Any story that has a dog, especially a rescue dog, is a winner for me.

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  4. Exploring neighborhood issues is such a good MG arena. The kids are in that stage of figuring out their world, and to be a writer helping them decipher some of that is a privilege. It's great to meet you, Pam! Best of luck with this.

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  5. I'm not a dog person but I'm not a fan of animal cruelty either. I love that you're using the book to help.

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  6. I have my copy to read and am really looking forward to it I must say. No need to enter me in the giveaway. What a legacy to leave, Pam!

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  7. Its great to meet Madison and best wishes to her and her release When Dods Blog! I love stories about people who step up and do something great.

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  8. This sounds like a terrific idea for a book. Lots of kids will like this one. If I win, I will ask you to donate my copy to your local library as I'm not much of a dog person.

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  9. Thanks to Barbara for the wonderful review. And many thanks to all the well-wishers and commenters. This was a fun book to write and I'm currently writing a sequel at the prodding of my granddaughter, Kayla. I hope to release it in the Spring.

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  10. Sounds like an important book. How wonderful that Pam is donating a portion to the ASPCA.

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  11. I love books about dogs, lessons or no lessons, dogs are good people. :0)

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  12. The books sound great and I love what Pam is doing for the ASPCA. :D

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  13. This is definitely right up my alley! I own three shelter pets and volunteer regularly at my local shelter. Thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

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  14. Thanks for highlighting the writing of an indie author!

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  15. This story immediately made me think of my daughter. She has PTSD and other emotional issues from early childhood trauma; we added our dog to our family to help with some of those issues. It's definitely been adventure with both my daughter and the dog! He's a rescue dog and has more than his share of trauma. Kids and dogs - wonderful combination!!

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  16. What a fabulous title for a book!

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  17. I would have devoured this book as a kid. I pretty much read anything involving dogs back then! The fact that this book helps give to animal shelters makes it all the more awesome in my eyes...

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