Nobody understands Wallace Wallace. This reluctant school football hero has been suspended from the team for writing an unfavorable book report of Old Shep, My Pal. But Wallace won’t tell a lie — he hated every minute of the book! Why does the dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end?
After refusing to do a rewrite, his English teacher, who happens to be directing the school play Old Shep, My Pal, forces him go to the rehearsals as punishment. Although Wallace doesn’t change his mind, he does end up changing the play into a rock-and-roll rendition, complete with Rollerblades and a moped!
Wallace Wallace does not lie. No seriously. He. Does. Not. Lie. Which, besides the point of who names their kid Wallace Wallace?!?, is a problem. When given an assignment to write a book review of Old Shep, My Pal for school, he writes it exactly how he feels. The problem is that it’s the teacher’s favorite book. Ever. The problem? The dog dies, like every dog on every book cover of any book about a dog. That bother’s Wallace and he isn’t afraid to say so. Honestly so.
‘No More Dead Dogs’ is an ingenious tale of a young man and his truthful to a fault mindset. I enjoyed the premise of the book and the twists and turns (albeit sometimes unbelievable ones) that bring it to the happy ending that Wallace wanted from the beginning. As an adult reader I wouldn’t have minded more back story on his truthfulness. Well and some of the twists of the story that just really would not have happened in real life left me boggled. But as a young adult novel I think it’s amazingly conceptualized and written.
About Gordon Korman
Gordon Korman is a Canadian American author who has written over 80 children’s and young adult fiction books. A number one The New York Times Best Selling author, he has sold more than 17 million books.
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