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Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog (Volume 1) Paperback – July 21, 2012
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"...good character development. Madison is a great character... likable and realistic; readers are likely to relate to her difficulties finding her place in a new world. Give this one to kids struggling with a new school or to anyone interested in animal rescue." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Pam Torres was born in Logan, Utah and spent most of her growing up in Prairie Village, Kansas. Besides playing Dorothy during tornado weather, digging Peter Pan-like underground forts she also played piano and ran cross-country. She started her family early and had five energetic and creative children and returned to school when the last one was four. She has fond memories of reading and playing with her children in between hefty amounts of volunteering at church and their schools. Several of her favorite memories were doing writers workshop, updating the art docent program, recruiting volunteers, working as the parent liaison for the curriculum team, publishing articles in the newsletter and directing a very popular after school art club. About this time she met her current husband, who had a four-year-old son of his own making them a lopsided Brady Bunch. In college she majored in communication with an emphasis on journalism and writing. As managing editor of the the UWT's literary magazine she learned formatting, working with editors and producing a quality product. Working as an advertising and contributing editor for Walk About Magazine she quickly learned that in order to move up in the Public Relations Field or Advertising she was up against stiff competition: twenty-somthings willing to work 80 hours a week. Her children were all blessed with beautiful huge teeth for their small mouths. In search of the best orthodontia coverage at several companies, she took a sales management position in downtown Seattle. Writing was the one constant in her life through all the struggles of single parenthood, stepparent issues and bringing a large family together. She continued to write her brains out in hopes of writing full time one day. After five years in sales, she quit her well paying job to write. Her supportive husband is her biggest cheerleader and she frequently acknowledges that she couldn’t have done it without him. Madison Morgan is her debut middle grade novel. She organized Project Madison around it’s release and is donating 10% of her proceeds to the ASPCA®, animal shelters and other programs to benefit homeless or abused animals.
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It starts out that Madison wants a dog but her step dad was hesitant. So when she started middle school, the class got computers and started a blog. The same time, her step dad brought home a dog, Lilly, for Madison to take care of (to foster). At first she rejects the dog but then falls in love with Lilly.
At school, Madison decides to do fostering dogs for her blog. The teacher pairs her up with Cooper, a shy boy. Between the two of them, they go out to the Second Chance Shelter, that is rum by Nettie and was also the place Madison's mom spent time at (she died when Madison was 5). The second trip out, another boy, Donald, who has caused problems for Connor, comes along. He tells Madison Connor has a secret.
Madison's curiosity leads her to Cooper's uncle's house, where Cooper has been living. She finds out that the uncle is running a puppy mill and several of the dogs are sick. With the help of Madison's step dad, Nettie and Madison, Cooper gives the authorities the information (and a very ill dog for evidence) and they arrest the uncle. Cooper is also "saved" and lives out at the shelter with Nettie, after rescuing over 100 puppies from the puppy mill.
This book is great in letting people know that there are organizations such as the ASPCA (of which I am a guardian member) and the Humane Society. To protect animals from the cruelty and abuse is something we all need to do something about. After all We are "their voice." (the ASPCA motto).
Things I liked:
I liked the plot of the story. It was interesting and not your usual story,
Things I did not like:
I did not like the font. Some fonts appeal to the reader's eye, and some don't. This is not the typical book font; according to me--and my daughter who is a graphic designer--fonts like Times New Roman that have the extra "serif" (small line) appeal to the reader quicker.
I did not like the illustrations. Professionally-done illustrations would have enhanced the book.
Using both names "Henry" and "Dad" served no purpose. He had been her dad for many years; by now she will either call him one of the two, not both. And it served no purpose in the book to use both. It was confusing.
Some sentences run into each other. Proof-reading from an English teacher would have helped.
Although the tense of the book was past, once in a while it would lapse into present tense. This should have been caught by a proof-reader.
There were a few errors, such as on page 51: "I could tell he was self-conscience" should be "I could tell he was self-conscious." Also should have been caught.
Madison's mystical ability to understand animals' emotions/feelings didn't seem to serve a real purpose in the book. I still don't know how or why she always dreamed of the puppy in the tub. She could have solved the problem in the book without these mystical feelings. Maybe they will be developed in the next book...?
Madison's attitude toward her dad in the first half is a bit disrespectful.. Sure, they are normal, but I am not one who's going to let my child read the book and think, Oh, these are normal feelings--I can think them!
There is enough bad language--such as heck, crap, and weenie.
OK, maybe I am too particular. But I read a lot, write a lot, and took a writing course. I am not perfect, but those are the things that--if they are changed--could make this a wonderful book!
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