The Pet War

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THE PET WAR is a hilarious story about the timeless battles of dog vs. cat, brother vs. sister, know-it-all vs. know-nothing.

Eleven-year-old Otto wants a dog. His twelve-year-old perfect sister, Lexi, wants a cat. Their mother, who works very long hours as a nurse, wants neither. Pets are expensive so who's going to pay for everything? And what happens to the pet when the siblings are at their dad's for the weekend?
Otto has an idea. What if ...

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Overview


THE PET WAR is a hilarious story about the timeless battles of dog vs. cat, brother vs. sister, know-it-all vs. know-nothing.

Eleven-year-old Otto wants a dog. His twelve-year-old perfect sister, Lexi, wants a cat. Their mother, who works very long hours as a nurse, wants neither. Pets are expensive so who's going to pay for everything? And what happens to the pet when the siblings are at their dad's for the weekend?
Otto has an idea. What if he got a job and earned enough money to pay for the dog? Then Lexi has to open her big mouth. She proposes that whichever sibling can raise enough money first will decide which pet they get. Oddly enough, their mom and dad agree.
With Otto and Lexi each out to defeat the other, their business plans become more elaborate and involved. As the competition gets fiercer, the stakes get higher, and the battle lines have been drawn, so let the Pet War begin. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
Eleven-year-old Otto’s longing for a dog turns into a case of sibling rivalry when his older sister, Lexi, declares she wants a cat. The competition is on after their mother (not a fan of pets) gives them a challenge: whoever can earn $500 in a month will get the pet of his or her choice. Although Woodrow’s (the Zachery Ruthless series) lively novel begins promisingly, Otto’s series of moneymaking disasters are fairly one-note, with his carelessness torpedoing his efforts to become an “apple tycoon,” sell homemade cookies, and run a dog-walking service. In addition, Otto’s personality (he’s described by a peer as an “inconsiderate, egomaniacal, narcissistic turd brain”) can be off-putting—though not unrealistic—especially when he’s begging family members and strangers for money. Predictably, Otto learns a lesson about acting generously and responsibly, but the sacrifice he makes in the end is a little too abrupt and altruistic to be believable. Nonetheless, many readers will identify with Otto’s yearning for a pet and his frustrations with his all-too-perfect sister. Ages 8–12. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
In a tale that will have readers begging for closure, brother and sister are pitted against each other in a contest to get the pet of their dreams: Otto wants a dog; Lexi, a cat. According to the steep terms their mother sets, the first one to make $500 throughout the month of March wins. Otto narrates in an authentic kid voice--oblivious and self-centered--earning many laughs if not cash in the beginning with his bumbling efforts. Luckily, he has his best friend, business-savvy Malcolm, to help him brainstorm and get organized. Indeed, readers will come away with great ideas on how to make money, plus information about business skills such as accounting, marketing and time management. Too bad Otto proves to be so frustratingly obtuse. The plot begins to stretch thin despite numerous side dramas such as his guilt over stealing some of his sister's money, a friendship in peril, declining grades and the threatened loss of a coveted position on the soccer team. After another, more serious mishap due to his carelessness, Otto realizes he's lost, has an honest conversation with Lexi and gives her his earnings. Although this makes for a tidy ending, Otto's sudden perspicacity and change of heart feel unconvincing. Despite its flaws, children desperate for a pet may dig in. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 4–6—Otto, 11, pleads with his mother for a dog, while his sister, Lexi, 12, is insistent on getting a cat. The siblings go to extremes in making their case of why they should get their choice of pet; their mother wants to know who will pay for everything. Lexi takes a more practical approach in her efforts to get a cat, earning money by tutoring her peers, making charts, and educating herself on what having a cat entails. With Otto's zany methods, high jinks ensue throughout the story. He consistently comes up with new schemes from car washing to selling apples to dog walking to make money. These ideas usually end in disaster and costing him money. The children learn that being responsible is not always fun, or easy. Readers will relate to the sibling rivalry as well as the antics the youngsters go through as they try to one up the other. The story is a bit repetitive, but comical nonetheless. Otto is a humorous protagonist whose narrative will keep readers amused. Pet lovers will enjoy this entertaining story.—Megan McGinnis, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545513197
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 249,866
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Allan Woodrow grew up in Michigan, always wanting to be an author. But his teachers told him to write about what he knew, and he discovered he didn’t know very much. It turns out he didn’t know very much for quite a long time. Allan isn’t sure he really knows anything more now than he did in third grade, but he got tired of waiting and decided to start writing anyway. Allan currently lives near Chicago with his family and two vicious goldfish.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    the pet war

    best book I've read besides the fault in our stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    GOT TO READ THIS BOOK!!!

    I DO NOT HAVE THIS ON THE NOOK, BUT I HAVE THE BOOK! IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Best book

    Best book ivv ever read

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    A great book for people who love animals.

    A great book for people who love animals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Rip off give it for free

    What

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    By eli

    Rocking book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Awesome book

    I would reconend this book to every body first you thik they get a cat but then they might get a dog so you never know what they are going to get . Never look at the end

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