Notes from the Dog (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Notes from the Dog (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Gary Paulsen
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Notes from the Dog (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Gary Paulsen

"Sometimes having company is not all it's cracked up to be." 
Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer he's hoping for a job where he doesn't have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door. She's ten years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan loves her, too. Johanna's dealing with breast cancer, and Matthew and Finn learn to care for her, emotionally, and physically. When she hires Finn to create a garden, his gardening ideas backfire comically. But Johanna and the garden help Finn discover his talents for connecting with people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606161268
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages: 133
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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Notes from the Dog 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I am in my mid 40's, I didn't think that this book would appeal to me. I was wrong. I cried (which is unusual for me) and laughed (which I love to do!). Gary Paulsen handled a very sensitive subject superbly. It was easy to relate to the characters, even though I am not a teenage boy. This book is worth your time.
schsreader0 More than 1 year ago
~ Notes from the Dog ~ Author : Gary Paulsen Summary Johanna is house sitting for her friends for the month. When Matt and Finn see Johanna the first day she arrived, they notice something strange about her. Johanna’s skin is ghostly white, she has no hair, she is also incredibly skinny. After the boys see her, they ask her why she looks so sick and unhealthy. Johanna is battling breast cancer, and the boys decide to help her. Johanna has always wanted a garden, so Finn makes one for her in his back yard. Johanna has signed up for a Find A Cure 5k run, but the night before she becomes very ill from the chemo treatments. Finn and Matt take her place in the run, and reach their goal of donating $10,000 to the Find A Cure Foundation. Finn and Matt realize that this will be Johanna’s last summer, and plan to make it the best. How does the title tie in with the book?? Finn is a boy who is raised by his father, that he rarely sees. Finn mostly hangs out with Matt over the summer, so his self – esteem is pretty low. Johanna sees this, and being her up beat self, decides to do something about it. Johanna sends messages on a piece of paper in Finn’s dog’s mouth that he then gives to Finn. The messages on the paper are inspirational, such as, “Your not as ugly as you think.” This helps Finn’s self – esteem a big way. Setting This is a modern time setting, in a small town in the United States of America. Recommendation I would recommend this book. It is inspirational, and teaches you life is not as bad as it seems. It is very inspirational to people and their family members that have faced cancer. It is a great feel - good book, just to let you know who how valuable life really is. This is a cute, small book perfect for anyone 6th grade – Adults. ~ SCHS Reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not get to finish this book yet but is really good so far. Once you start reading it you cant put it down. Great book. :)
Crystal Menser More than 1 year ago
super duper good writer and good book
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
As a long-time Gary Paulsen fan, I'm always excited when I see he has a new book. NOTES FROM THE DOG goes in a slightly different direction than most of Paulsen's previous books. His dedication gives a hint about the topic within - "This book is dedicated with all respect and hope to everyone who has ever faced cancer." When a bald young woman in her early twenties moves in next door to Finn, it changes his life forever. As a loner who has vowed to spend his summer avoiding people, Finn is none too happy when his dog, Dylan, and this new neighbor seem to hit it off immediately. Johanna wastes no time befriending the shy Finn and the energetic Dylan. She casually explains her baldness by describing herself as a recent survivor of breast cancer. There is something about her that brings out the best in Finn, and he soon finds himself doing her bidding as he works diligently to create a beautiful garden out of his own neglected backyard. Finn's friend, Matthew, joins in the friendship with Johanna, and together the three have some interesting summer adventures. The main project they embark on is fundraising for a survivor triathlon Johanna is planning to enter. Through his friendship with Johanna, Finn discovers he has more of a talent for connecting with people and gardening than he ever imagined. Although Paulsen doesn't take his readers on the usual adventure in some far-off wilderness, his fans will still find Finn and his dog, Dylan, worthy of their attention.
Amy Gray More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute book. It is great for a quick read. Good for all ages. Opens eyes of elementry kids of whats out there. Good for adults to.reccomded highly!
Reilly White More than 1 year ago
this is a great book. i highly reccomend it!
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Is this kind of like the fault in our stars??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a realy good christian read if you beleve in miracles you would realy like this book but if you are like me i really believe in miracles and some miracles just happen like the time i had a best friend get into a really bad car accident and during those months he had live on life support for the rest of his life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching story, but wonderful from start to finish!
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Wow, this book is awesome! No wonder Gary Paulsen is the best loved author alive!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WANT IT SO BAD!!!!!
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I absolutley loved this book it was so good. My grandfather has cancer so this book was vert insperatinal to me. One thing i thaought was exteamly sad was that the girl was only 10 years old. I thaught it was cool that these boys who were only about 14 years old were taking care of her. So, i would deffinatly be recomending this book to all of my friends and any readers looking for a good book. :)
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