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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Annabelle Unleashed
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599902214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599902210
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Grade 4–7—Being the new kid in school is often hard enough, but Annabelle finds that dealing with the idiosyncrasies of sixth-grade boys is truly daunting. She misses her friends and doesn't know how she feels about her mother's live-in boyfriend, Ted. Then her mother and Ted surprise her with a puppy and a dog-training manual that proves to be a partial answer to some of her school dilemmas. Annabelle discovers that strategies in the manual can be transferred and tweaked to solve some of the boy issues at school. Using a mixture of confidence, ingenuity, and some excellent Swiss chocolates, she begins to change some difficult situations and behaviors for the better. This clever and humorous premise is deftly handled to create a believable and enjoyable tale with a likable and resourceful heroine whose trials, tribulations, and triumphs will have others wanting a training manual of their own.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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About the Author

Leslie Margolis is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the Annabelle Unleashed books Boys Are Dogs, Girls Acting Catty, Everybody Bugs Out, and One Tough Chick, as well as the Maggie Brooklyn mystery series. The Disney Channel movie Zapped!, starring Zendaya was inspired by the first book in the Annabelle Unleashed series, Boys are Dogs.
www.lesliemargolis.com
 @lesliemargolis


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Especially fourth graders!!
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It can also help if you are moving to a new neighborhood and a new school.
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My daughter loved the book.
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43 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on June 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Here's the description and the Editorial Review, with the genders switched. If THIS book came out, how many of you would be OUTRAGED?

George's all-boys elementary was very different from Birchwood Middle School where the girls run through the halls like wild animals. But with a little experimenting, George realizes that like his new puppy, maybe girls can be trained too.
Featuring George's hilarious take on friendship, girls, and his all-new life, this novel / survival guide perfectly captures the joy--and agony--of junior high school. And it might just teach you how to tame the wildest beast of all, the teenage girl. REVIEWS FOR GIRLS ARE DOGS
"The [Leslie Margolis] premise of Margolis's effervescent story--a boy uses the techniques from a dog-training manual on girls--has been seen before (e.g., Sandra Dee in If a Man Answers), but rarely has it been so well grounded and developed. Right before the start of sixth grade, George returns from sleepaway camp to move into the house that his single father and his father's sensitive if geeky girlfriend have just set up. Their surprise gift of a puppy, George realizes, is their attempt to "bribe" him into liking the new arrangements, but he loves the puppy anyway. School, on the other hand, is a battleground, especially because it's George's first time going coed. Margolis gets the details of middle-school girl behavior just right: the girl sitting behind George torments him with endless kicking; his two lab partners hog the equipment; others play keep-away with his homework. When George does connect the dots between puppy training and communicating with girls, his breakthroughs come across as genuine. The story lines--melded household, moving, girls as dogs--coalesce naturally, giving male readers a thoughtful story along with, just possibly, some substantive female advice."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan on July 19, 2014
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when I heard the movie zapped was coming out my mom wanted me to try this book and I have to admit at first I wasn't sure but once you get further into it it gets even better this book is perfect for any girls and I cannot wait to try the rest of these books
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Ekker on March 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
My daughter brought this home from the school book fair. She thought the cover was cute and the title was funny - what 5th grade girl doesn't laugh when someone says "boys are dogs"? Well, I read the back cover and frowned. A girl thinks she can train boys as if they are puppies. I don't like that. It's a funny thought, but a bit dehumanizing for boys. Then I read the girl in the book is pulled from her all girl's private school to go to a public school for the first time because she and her mom are moving in with the mom's boyfriend. If two adults decide to live together, that's great, but if kids are involved that's a whole different ball of wax and I am not thrilled that my 5th grader is even having that possibility put into her head. At this age, I want her romantic world to be much more black and white. Some have said this is good because kids get to see the girl learning to get along with the new boyfriend but I say they could have shown that but allowed the girl and her mom to have their own home. I am not so worked up over this that I took the book away from my daughter. I believe in letting her make her own choices with her money and this is far from the worst book out there, but if I had been there I would have helped her choose a better way to spend those dollars. I'm curious what she will think about the girl trying to train boys, and the living situation, but I can't help but smile that she says if it isn't super funny she's going to read something else.

*Update: After reading the book the only comment my daughter made was that it was kinda funny but not really. She didn't care if I gave it away.
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29 of 44 people found the following review helpful By James Huff on April 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be abhorrent. It throws family values in the dirt, paints young men in the worst light just for being young men, and causes the reader to assume that this is normal behavior in our society.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Borchert on February 22, 2014
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I love this book it was amazing. I think it should be a movie. What I love about this is that it give insights on boys and how hard it is to train boys
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By butterfly on September 25, 2014
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This is the book the movie Disney's Zapped I used to be obsessed with that movie but once I heard that it was based on a movie I had to have so I have read this one and this is my greatest book I've read yet well I have read this book now off to read girls acting catty can't wait
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48 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Roebuck on January 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I think one of the main problems with this book is--who is the intended audience? Amazon says the reading level is 9-12 year olds. Most reviewers call it a teen or young adult book. It made its way into my daughter's 3rd grade class--and I have a major problem with that.

Its certainly not a book that promotes Christian and good family values--disobedience to an adult figure, but deceptively behind his back, live-in boyfriends (and with a child in the house!), and the circumstances of how the mom got pregnant (totally gratuituous and unneeded information that's not needed for kids even in high school). I understand the need to have books that young people can "relate" to because of similar circumstances (single parent families); but there is no good reason to promote such bad role models.

More and more junior high age reading material is making its way in to elementary schools (unfortunately), making impressions on young minds that most parents wouldn't want, but aren't aware of, because they can't "preview" everything (especially if the book doesn't come home). My 8 yo didn't get past page 5, and fortunately came home asking all kinds of questions about "live in" arranagements.

This is the second author that is forever off my daughter's reading list.
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