Wily and the Canine Pandemic

Wily and the Canine Pandemic

by Michelle Weidenbenner

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Overview

Multi Award-WInning and Best-selling Author, Speaker and Writing Coach.


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All the dogs are dying.



Eleven-year-old Wily is certain he can bring them back to life with his new invention. But shortly after his discovery, a girl with mind-hacking skills and spiraling eyes, kidnaps him.



Does he have the power to save the canine race? He might, but if he uses his device, he might never see his family again.



What Young Readers are saying:

"Hypnotizing! From the first page about Thor being like a detective, I couldn't put the book down. It is thrilling." Bryson, Age 9



"Wily, the Canine Pandemic is an exciting book with action and adventure. Packed full of mystery and magic, this book is sure to be a success with thrill seekers, fantasizers, and dog lovers alike." Elizabeth, 14 years old.



“A perfectly-paced adventure book I could picture myself in." Liam, Age 10



“Amazing! I really enjoyed the story and the characters. I loved the mythical creatures and spaceships--wish they were all real.” Matthew L., Age 10

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986336270
Publisher: Random Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

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Wily and the Canine Pandemic 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
It all begins with some kind of canine mission, probably to free the dogs or something. Apparently, dogs are disappearing or getting sick or something. The intro really isn’t that clear, and I certainly don’t know who Thor is. Then we meet Wily, a geeky 5th grader. What if he could bring the dying dogs back to life? That seemed a little far-fetched to me. Story an interesting premise full of allure and mystery, but I wasn’t too taken by it. This really was all about the dogs, which was fine, but I guess I just expected something a little different. I get that the goal was to save the dogs, but the plot could’ve definitely benefited from a little simplicity and fewer characters. Wily is certainly the unlikely hero that youngsters can look to, and the cover art was pretty cool. The story was okay.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rachel McGrath for Readers' Favorite Wily and the Canine Pandemic by Michelle Weidenbenner is the perfect middle school to early teen adventure story that will never outdate this generation of readers. The author has written a creative, engaging storyline that brings to life a fun, fantastical plot alongside very believable and heartwarming characters. I can see many young readers getting completely engrossed in the chapters, as well as parents enjoying the story as a bedtime read for even younger children. Wily, the main character, is caring, virtuous, with an inner strength which comes out when he is faced with bullies. He is somewhat of a loner as a character and his life at home brings no joy. Therefore, he reverts to a hobby around science which comes in handy when he gives himself a quest of finding a cure to the virus that seems to be killing all the dogs. Once he embarks on this challenge, Wily encounters lots of different challenges and adventures, as he puts his problem-solving prowess into action. Readers will naturally build their excitement, chapter upon chapter, as the author brings the storyline to a powerful close, with Wily himself learning a lot about his abilities and his friendships along the way. Wily and the Canine Pandemic will serve as a great talking point between parent and child around some of these subject areas. Michelle Weidenbenner keeps the pace of the story at the right level for this reader, and personally I found the book incredibly entertaining to read. It is without question that I highly recommend this original but fun adventure story to any younger reader.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Kids who don’t like poetry will skip the first page of this exciting novel and happily return to it later; as the excitement grows, they’ll simply have to know! Meanwhile, they’ll see that a centauride is a female centaur, and the history of our world is far more complex than they’ve been told. Then there’s the dog. Don’t forget the dog. He lives through chapter one quietly proving to be far more than he seems. And he’s truly delightful. Then there’s the boy, Wily Coldren, a boy who cares, bullied by those who don’t. Wily’s a genius, but nobody understands him. He loves dogs, and he can’t stand that they’re dying from a virus while nobody tries to save them. But perhaps Wily’s genius might provide a solution. Short chapters make the story easy to read. A great cast of characters and real-world problems keep the pages turning fast. Exciting adventure blends with real-world concerns. And super-science empowers a tale of super kids saving the world of dogs, and learning to value themselves however misunderstood they are. It’s a great lesson taught in a really cool story. Enjoy. Disclosure: I was given an ecopy of this novel and I offer my honest review.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
This book was fun. I really really liked Wily and wanted him to win. I think all books should have dogs in them. Pretty high praise from my shy quiet little one. She doesn't often say she likes anything other than ice skating.
CinnamonHollow More than 1 year ago
This book is so neat! The storyline, the characters... everything! The food is described in detail along with the ship and the characters. I love that Wily was written with such a big heart and so compassionate. He is so sweet. I also like that, after being bullied on the bus, he has such an instant connection with Mindia. Wily must learn to let go of his past with bullies and a dad that doesn't understand him and find the courage to do what's right. This story is about more than people's love for their dog's. It is about finding yourself. There is action, mystery, mythical creatures in a modern world, spells and science. There is some mild violence. Nothing you wouldn't see in an action film or even some of the books in the school library. I don't want to give any spoilers so I'll just say that both my 10 year old daughter and I enjoyed this book! We loved reading it together. While it is a book you could read in one sitting, reading it chapter by chapter (one a day) with your kids is a great way to read the book together! If you're child is looking for a book to read over Spring Break, this is it! This book is so neat! The storyline, the characters... everything! The food is described in detail along with the ship and the characters. I love that Wily was written with such a big heart and so compassionate. He is so sweet. I also like that, after being bullied on the bus, he has such an instant connection with Mindia. Wily must learn to let go of his past with bullies and a dad that doesn't understand him and find the courage to do what's right. This story is about more than people's love for their dog's. It is about finding yourself. There is action, mystery, mythical creatures in a modern world, spells and science. There is some mild violence. Nothing you wouldn't see in an action film or even some of the books in the school library. I don't want to give any spoilers so I'll just say that both my 10 year old daughter and I enjoyed this book! We loved reading it together. While it is a book you could read in one sitting, reading it chapter by chapter (one a day) with your kids is a great way to read the book together! If you're child is looking for a book to read over Spring Break, this is it! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
JessicaCali More than 1 year ago
In the words of my 10 year old son, Michael “Wow, mom, this book was so good! I didn’t want it to be over with! I really liked Wily. He was shy at first, but his confidence grew and he really became brave and confident. I think all the other kids need to read this too!” After he read it, and told me his review, he asked me if that review was good enough and then informed me that I should read the book so we could talk about it! I liked the message about bullying in the book, along with the message that if you put your mind to something, you will prevail and that no matter how alone a child feels, they are not alone, and if adults don’t show it, they probably have far more and worse issues than you.
AButchersWife More than 1 year ago
This book has a fast pace which tweens will love. In my experience, young readers and early teens, don't want to wade through too much information, they want to get to the action. This book takes them there. Weidenbenner sets a rhythm that ensures your tweens will get pulled into the story and will be eager to find out what happens. I had a tear in my eye when the dogs were dying, then I was cheering for Wily and his pals to solve the dilemma and make a difference in the world. This book reminded me a little of the movie, Tomorrowland. There was also some lovely mythology woven through the story. I really enjoy reading books that take me back to childhood. I think this would be a great book to read together as a family or as a class novel. There are lots of opportunities for discussion about choices, and feelings. I think any book that gets kids thinking and talking about how they feel about things is a winner. I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own. http://bookscraftsprettythings.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/wily-canine-pandemic.html
BambiZQ More than 1 year ago
What an amazing adventure from start to finish! Wily and the Canine Pandemic, by M.Weidenbenner was a fun-filled mystery-adventure with plenty of life lessons. The perfect book for a child at the awkward “tween” age, when everything matters and learning who you are is only done through actually being brave enough to try. M.Weidenbenner does a great job in hitting so many key adolescent issues while placing the reader in an unreal story, where the unlikely hero, Wily stays true to who he is instead of who others want him to be. Wily’s kind heart drives him to be much more brave than he ever thought he could. With a not so happy home life and a definite outsider at school Wily finds solace in science. The world is in peril with this unexplainable virus killing off all dogs and WIly knows his science experiment is just the thing to help bring them back to life. With his effort and ability to keep trying until he gets it right, he finds himself whisked away on an unlikely escapade that is scary, mysterious, and an eventual success. In the end, Wily manages to mend relationships with his new friends as well as within his own home and of course, successfully saving all the furry friends that the human race could never live without.
Liliyana More than 1 year ago
Wily is the hero and role model that kids need. Not your typical hero, Wily brings to the table everything a hero should be - smart, caring, and not interested in fame and accolades. A great adventure packed with mystery, Wily and the Canine Pandemic is a must read for kids and adults alike. Well written and enjoyable, kids will be begging to stay up late to finish tis awesome book. Received for review
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Aidan, my (almost!) 11 year old is my substitute reviewer for this book! He is an avid book reader and loves dogs so what could be a better combination for him?! Like Wily, Aidan always has his nose in a book and isn't a huge fan of sports. He loves dogs, science, and anything educational. While he read the book as a story about a boy trying to save canines, I read beyond that into the story about a young boy finally finding his place in the world. He is a bit reserved and unsure of himself at the start but by the end, he's full of confidence. It's truly a lesson that I hope my son picked up in his subconscious. I won't reveal the end but to put it into perspective, neither Aidan nor I could stop reading until we finished! I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
This book is for the little ones – okay, not “little” per say, but the younger readers. It is recommended for the over 8 crowd. My kids have not had a chance to read it quite yet, but they will! (Be on the watch to read their review too!) While it is intended for the younger crowd, it was still fun for me to read! The dogs are mysteriously dying and no one is really caring. Except for Wily – a unique little boy who is different than the ‘norm’. (He’s also incredibly bright!) When it’s his dog that starts to act like he may be the next dog to die – all sorts of weird things start to happen. I had a lot of fun with this read. It was short for me (as expected for a kid book). I cannot wait for the kids to share what they think about the story!
Stacey06 More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by this author and I absolutely enjoyed reading this.It was a fun read for sure. This was a great adventure to take. There was Magic, adventure and mystery. All good things that I happen to like when I read a young Children's book. I was hooked. The characters were all great. I thought I was right there with them the whole time while reading the story. I loved getting to know them. Willy was I thought was a genies and a hero. A fast paced action, mystery story that you do not want to miss if you like reading young children books. I am looking forward to reading more of the authors stories. I received a ARC of this book to give a honest review.
Humber More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading the work of Michelle Weidenbenner. Even though it is a book for young readers, it was quite the delightful story. I would definitely encourage younger and older readers alike to read this novel. It touches on such important life lessons for all ages; Wily’s passion and perseverance will leave you with much admiration. A very impactful and entertaining story from start to finish….fantastic read!
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
All of the dogs are dying and no one knows why. Eleven year old Wily Coldren is worried his dog Sport will be next. Being a bit of a science geek, Wily builds an electrical box to try and shock the dogs back to life. When Sport suddenly dies, even though his black box still needs work, Wily has no choice but to use it on Sport. When it works, he knows he’s on the right track. But finding the cause of the pandemic is another matter altogether. This was a cute young reader that had a dark undertone. Wily’s character was so misunderstood. I think most kids can relate to his character. Even though he was bullied, Wily still had a pure heart. It was obvious that the story carried a message to kids that they are not alone, and even if people don’t show it, they most likely have issues far worse than you.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Michelle Weidenbenner's books--both for children and adults--they never fail to please. I so enjoyed reading this book--even though it is meant for young readers. Most adults would I think. The story line is one that Children would really love!! It also has some really good lessons in there about combating bullying and fears of the unknown. It will also prove that being a nerd can be a very good thing (even if your Dad wants you to be more of a sports guy). Willy, our hero in this book, starts out as the proverbial nerd--bullied by classmates, no friends. Even his Dad is disappointed in him. But Willy has a suspicion that the newest experiment he has been working on can save all the dogs who have been dying from a virus. His Dad locked his "black box" away. Then Willy's own dog caught the virus and died. Willy got the box out with his trusty knife (he picked the lock)-and low and behold--he was able to bring his dog back to life! THEN-the very next day he was abducted by kids who all had special powers and was taken to a camouflaged space ship which hovered above and around Costco run by a very mean Centaur. What transpires--well you will have to read this for yourself or let your child tell you all about it. There is even a lesson to be learned in here for Moms and Dads--and a very important one at that.
ebookaddictsuk More than 1 year ago
This is book aimed at children ages 8 years and up -- my oldest is currently 7 year old and loved this story! I mean it has spaceships, mythical creatures and a "talking" dog. From my point it was a very strange one and at first I thought it was really weird and couldn't see where it was going, but after the first chapter you really get into the story. We meet Wily - a nerdy kid who loves his science experiments over sport and in turn misses that father son connection, as his father is always trying to get Wily's nose out of a book and into sports. Wily gets teased by his peers and he has very little self confidence. But as the book progresses you really see Wily develop from this shy kid into a strong confident and assertive little boy. After the discovery of a dog pandemic that is killing dogs left right and center and which takes the life of his own dog - Wily manages to bring it back to life with his little black box experiment that he was working on, this some how manged to alert him to some people and is how he ends up getting kidnapped by a girl with hypnotic eyes and meeting other nerdy kids with "special" abilities not to mention a bad tempered (and quite frankly I didn't like him) Centaur called DH. I really don't want to give too much away, but I loved the idea behind the team of kids that Wily ends up with and I loved how he grew as a character.