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No More Dead Dogs Hardcover – September 2, 2000

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Gr. 5-7. Here's one for every reader weary of being assigned novels in which the dog dies. For expressing his true views of Old Shep, My Pal, eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace earns a detention that takes him off the team and plunks him down in the auditorium, where his almost equally stubborn English teacher is directing a theatrical version of--you guessed it. To the delight of some cast members, but the loud outrage of Drama Club President, Rachel Turner, Wallace Wallace makes a few suggestions to punch up the production; by the end, it's a rock musical and the (stuffed) pooch actually pulls through. At least, that's the plan. Briskly stirring in complications and snappy dialog, Korman adds mystery to the fun with an unknown saboteur, caps the wildly popular play with an explosive (literally) climax, and finishes with Rachel and Wallace Wallace finally realizing that they were made for each other. Except for Old Shep, everyone, even the teacher, comes out a winner. John Peters
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About the Author

Gordon Korman is one of the most popular young adult and middle grade authors writing today. He published his first book at the young age of fourteen and has been going strong ever since. A tireless self-promoter, Gordon is constantly traveling across the country to visit different schools. He and his wife, a teacher, live on Long Island with their three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (September 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078682462X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786824625
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,100,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gordon Korman has written more than fifty middle-grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times #1 bestseller The 39 Clues: One False Note, The Juvie Three, Son of the Mob, Born to Rock, and Schooled. Though he didn't play football in high school, Gordon's been a lifelong fan and season ticket holder. He says, "I've always been fascinated by the 'culture of collision' in football and wanted to explore it-not just from the highlight films but from its darker side as well." Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York.

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is creative, funny, and well-written.
I have read this book several times, and it never got boring. There is never a dull moment with NO MORE DEAD DOGS in your hands.
Wallace Wallace, the star football player that isn't any good, is in detention for writing a bad but truthful book report. He refuses to write one that praises the book ( Old Shep, My Pal), because it isn't truthful. There is a play about the book, but it's being sabatoged. Is Wallace Wallace getting revenge, or is he being framed?
From rollerblading dogcatchers to cherry bombs in stuffed animals, from cover to cover, NO MORE DEAD DOGS is nothing but laughs. Recommended for anyone ages 6-104 that likes a good laugh and a great book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on July 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most hilarious books I have EVER read! I laughed so hard I wiped tears of laughter out of my eyes. One thing I caught was that although the story was set in 2000, the date "Saturday, November 21" was given and November 21 was a Saturday in 1998!
Wallace Wallace, the unfortunately one-named 8th-grade protagonist lives by the "honesty is the best policy" credo. Some of his honest observations, while insulting to the recipients are hilariously articulate. For example, he tells a neighbor that her "light fluffy cake" tastes like "vacuum cleaner lint" and the icing reminds him of antifreeze. His cousin's clarinet playing sounds like "somebody strangling a duck." That was just TOO funny!
So are his observations of the maudlin story about Old Shep, a story about the death of a German shepherd. Wallace tells his English teacher (and later play director) that he dislikes the story and that "any book with an award medal on it and a picture of a dog" always has a canine casualty. He and his classmates list several books, including "Sounder" and "Old Yeller." Point made, Wallace is in the dog house with his English teacher. He has to serve detention, which means he cannot participate on the football team.
All right, Wallace grimly accepts that punishment. To cap it off, he has to attend rehearsals of the play "Old Shep" and write a review of the book. His review is scathingly honest and in true Wallace Wallace form, a riot. I laughed so hard at his reviews and observations!
Once committed to the play, Wallace makes many valid suggestions to make it more palatable and plausible.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lori L. Graham on December 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a snappy, personable read; the characters are interesting (although some are a bit one-dimensional) and the author moves the plot along briskly by maintaining the humor and casual speech that keeps the book grounded even as he sifts the focus from one character to another. The plot has been summarized elsewhere quite nicely, so I'd like to discuss some of the larger ideas the book explores. Having been a "drama nerd," I liked the way the author portrays their earnestness-- they may be a little out of it, but they are well-intentioned and ultimately likeable. I also liked the unrelenting honesty of Wallace Wallace, and the way he deals with the hero worship that he feels is unearned-- worship that serves only to trip him up at every turn. Finally, I enjoyed the portrayal of friendships, both "fair-weather" and true-- any adolescent can instantly connect with both the injustice of the former and the value of the latter, and the concluding affirmation of honesty leaves the reader feeling good about the story as a whole. Not to detract from the lessons to be learned from dead dogs, but it's nice to see characters learn from positive experiences too!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Here is a great book for those boys who don't want to read fantasy, adventure or sports books. This book is about a boy who writes a bookreport for his class assignment. His report pans the book and he finds out that not only does his teacher love the book ... but... the teacher is producing the play. His punishment for writing this bookreport is to work on the play until he can write what the teacher feels is a proper report. This pulls him off the football team. He is no football player but due to really not knowing what he was doing last year, he accidentally scored a winning touch down and became a football hero. I laughed while reading this book - you will, too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ross B on January 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wallace Wallace, a football star of Bedford Middle School, was given detention because he wouldn't write a favorable book review for Old Shep, My Pal. He couldn't write a positive book review of Old Shep, My Pal because he couldn't tell a lie, and he absolutely hated the book. His English teacher, Mr. Fogelman, who had given him the detention, also happened to be the director of the upcoming play of Old Shep, My Pal. This detention prevented him from playing football with his school team. Instead, he had to wait around the gym during the practices and rehearsals of the play. Wallace began to supply both the actors and actresses and the backstage crew with suggestions. They happily took his proposals, and eventually made him the other director of the play. He changed the play from a regular, peaceful show, to an exciting and thrilling, sold-out performance!

With all the problems and conflicts along the way, the book turns out to be suspenseful and interesting. In addition, it is very entertaining and humorous, due to the fact that the situations and experiences are realistic and can be related to in many ways. The title of this book comes from one of the lines that Wallace says during the book, "Because the dog always dies." His last suggestion for the play is that the dog shouldn't die. If you want to find out if the drama students used his last suggestion, you should read this book.

Throughout the story, the characters deal with problems that any middle school student could face. If you are in middle school, and you enjoy reading books that that describe situations that are similar to ones that you have experienced, you will appreciate this book.
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