No More Dead Dogs

Written by: Gordon Korman

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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!
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Liz Friend
This is my very favorite Gordon Korman book--I've read it several times, and it still makes me laugh every time. Even though it's getting a bit dated now (mentions of the 1999-2000 football seasons, and Rachel Turner writing to then-hot Julia Roberts) it's still a great read.

Annotation with spoilers: Wallace Wallace's father was a big fat fibber--so Wallace has spent his 14 years vowing never to tell a lie. His "honesty is the only policy" approach means trouble, though, when he refuses to give This is my very favorite Gordon Korman book--I've read it several times, and it still makes me laugh every time. Even though it's getting a bit dated now (mentions of the 1999-2000 football seasons, and Rachel Turner writing to then-hot Julia Roberts) it's still a great read.

Annotation with spoilers: Wallace Wallace's father was a big fat fibber--so Wallace has spent his 14 years vowing never to tell a lie. His "honesty is the only policy" approach means trouble, though, when he refuses to give a glowing review to "Old Shep, My Pal"--one of those award-winning books where the dog ends up dead. His teacher, Mr. Fogelman, is outraged by his disrespectful treatment of a classic (and a personal favorite) and he puts Wallace on detention until he comes up with a suitable book report (read: one that enthuses over the merits of the book). Wallace? Ain't gonna lie. He'd rather serve detention.

But there's a problem with that. Wallace is on the Bedford Middle School Giants football team, and last year--after an entire season of warming the bench--he made a surprise play that won the game and thereby the championship. So now he's famous (far more famous than actually talented!) and his personal fans, along with his friends on the team, are puzzled and bummed that he won't produce the required book report.

Since Mr. Fogelman is currently directing the drama club's production of Old Shep, Wallace has to serve his detention under the teacher's eye in the auditorium...and it isn't long before Wallace starts changing the direction of the play. First, he convinces everyone that the dialogue is too stilted and needs to be lightened up. Next, Old Shep (who in the script had been hit by a car before the curtain even went up) is attached to a remote control car, chased by a dogcatcher on roller blades, and run over by a kid on a mo-ped. And it just spirals out from them. At first, Mr. Fogelman tries to resist, but eventually even he is overcome by the tidal wave that is Wallace Wallace, and things continue onward out of control.

In the meantime, Wallace is "getting to know" the drama geeks: Rachel Turner, president of the drama club, who finds him incredibly annoying; Trudi Davis, Rachel's friend and an airhead, who finds Wallace incredibly cute, Nathaniel Spitzner, a drama dork--and then all the "extras" Wallace recruits to make the play "better"--like the Dead Mangoes (a rock band), and the school interpretive dance team. Fogelman, in desperation, declares that Wallace's "help" on the play has taken much more effort than any paper, and so lets him off detention. But Wallace--thinking about how the team has been giving him the cold shoulder while the drama kids turned out to rake his lawn--announces at the big pep rally that he's quitting the team and going back to the play. All the sports fans think he's a traitor (especially since the team is 0-4 at this point).

Just as bad are the newspaper articles written by Parker Schmidt (aka Porker Zit). He is a true yellow journalist, inventing facts and printing them--such as the "fact" that Trudi Davis is Wallace's girl friend, that Wallace is a "secret agent" spying, and so forth. Every time an article is printed, Wallace is deeper in trouble with SOMEBODY.

Plus, all is not well in DramaLand--someone is playing mean practical jokes, like spray painting "Old Shep, Dead Mutt" on the set, launching a pepper bomb, and rolling marbles across the floor in a wave aimed at the rollerbladers. Because Wallace is in detention, he's the obvious suspect (and this is one of the reasons why Rachel can't stand him--she's convinced he's trying to sabotage the play as revenge for being off the team. His friends on the football team are starting to give him the cold shoulder because he won't just say whatever is needful to get the paper written and get off detention. So it could be one of theets him off detention. But Wallace--thinking about how the team has been giving him the cold shoulder while the drama kids turned out to rake his lawn--announces at the big pep rally that he's quitting the team and going back to the play. All the sports fans think he's a traitor (especially since the team is 0-4 at this point).

Mr. Fogelman has pretty much given up on keeping Wallace's "improvements" out of the play and he decides to chill out by joining the Dead Mangoes as their keyboard man. But just as they're ready for the dress rehearsal, someone takes the 45 new scripts (with all the changes Wallace has made), steals the shredder from the front office, and shreds them all. Conveniently, Wallace's scrimmage shirt is left in the blizzard of paper shreds, and everyone instantly goes back to believing that he's guilty...everyone but Rachel, that is. After talking to Cavanaugh (Wallace's former best friend, alienated by Wallace's getting all the glory for winning the game last year when Cavanaugh is a way better player and did all the work) who points out to her that Wallace wouldn't tell a lie to save his mother from cannibals, Rachel reluctantly goes over to Wallace's side and offers to help clear him. But what can she do? He's been banished.

But Wallace realizes that the prankster will probably try to sabotage the performance of Old Shep in front of 700 audience members...so he sneaks in to keep an eye on things. With the help of his friend Rick, they look at the video of last year's championship celebration and realize that the person who stole his shirt was...Rachel's little brother, Dylan, who's been super bummed that Wallace isn't playing (which in his mind is the reason the Giants are losing). Wallace is just in time to repeat his flying tackle from last year's game, this time to smother a cherry bomb that Dylan has planted on the rolling Old Shep--so even though the dog blows up, no one gets hurt and the kids change up the end of the play so that Old Shep doesn't die after all (even though he got blown up!). Author Zack Paris would never have recognized his story, so improved was it.
WHen Rachel demands to know who's responsible, for the first time in his life, Wallace blurts out a lie--just to save her from the hurt and humiliation that will accompany her discovery that her little brother is the perp. But of course, everything comes out and Wallace is exonerated, while Dylan is grounded to his bedroom for the next 800 years.

Rachel finally gets a note back from Julia Roberts, telling her that (after reading all the letters Rachel has sent detailing the events of the show) Rachel is clearly crazy about Wallace and shouldn't let him get away. So she invites him to see a movie with her--and with Trudi and HER new boyfriend, Cavanaugh. It's a date! AND it looks like Stevie and Wally may just be able to be friends again, just like old times. Happy ending (my favorite kind)!

June Cleaver's rating: G. (Only PG moment is the repeated use of "Jackass Jackass" as Cavanaugh's not-very-nice nickname for Wallace Wallace.)
Georgia
The tite's got a point.Name one book you know with adog in it and I bet you the dog dies in some tragic way or another.:( This book is about a play of Old Shep, my pal(a book where the loved dog dies)which is alterd in many, many ways and terns out to be a hit!
Marybeth Taylor
Hilarious book too, I've read it like five times since the first reading!
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demetriaa h.
The best cliche I've ever read, the plot is dramatic but funny and enthralling.
Simple vocabulary and sentence structures, the humor is everywhere :D
Nicholas Lange
Korman, Gordon. No more dead dogs. Disney Hyperion, 2017.

Summary:
Wallace Wallace is a star football player at Bedford High School and part of the popular crowd. When Wallace is asked to write a review of the book Old Shep by his teacher Mr. Fogelman, he does not write a positive review. Mr. Fogelman then decides that Wallace must spend time in detention with the drama club who are performing a version of the book that was adapted into a play. Wallace shows an extreme lack of enthusiasm, but even Korman, Gordon. No more dead dogs. Disney Hyperion, 2017.

Summary:
Wallace Wallace is a star football player at Bedford High School and part of the popular crowd. When Wallace is asked to write a review of the book Old Shep by his teacher Mr. Fogelman, he does not write a positive review. Mr. Fogelman then decides that Wallace must spend time in detention with the drama club who are performing a version of the book that was adapted into a play. Wallace shows an extreme lack of enthusiasm, but eventually he changes his tune. As an unknown vandal continually vandalizes their stage sets, the cast begins to believe more and more that Wallace is responsible except for Rachel who believes he is innocent despite her initial thoughts. Wallace is banned from participating in the play any further, but the cast decides to use his idea of letting Shep live at the end. To prevent spoiling the entire book for you I will stop my summary here, but if you want to find out you will have to pick up this book for yourself. Overall this book was okay, but not great. I felt Wallace never really learns anything, except for maybe he should not associate with some of the football team anymore. Also the concept of the school's jock not wanting to learn or participate is something that we have seen many times before. Lastly, what kind of name is Wallace Wallace? Overall the book is an easy and enjoyable read, but do not expect a Pulitzer Prize winner when if you decide to pick this book up.

Creative Writing Lens:
I wouldn't say that this is the most creative of books in terms of craft and structure (once again Wallace Wallace, I mean really?) but I will give Korman his credit where it is due. His overall idea for this book as well as the title is absolutely brilliant. I mean how many books do we force kids to read in elementary school that are about dogs dying, and the fact that he makes commentary on that is absolutely hilarious. It is also a very easy read, you will finish within a day, but this makes sense given that it is catered to a young adult (likely Middle School) audience.

Teaching Ideas:
I have a few teaching ideas if you were to read this in a class setting, though they are not the strongest, so I'd consult additional sources for ideas. First option: You conduct a "murder mystery" of sorts, as you have your class work on a class project (that they are not graded on), but it keeps getting destroyed forcing the kids to start over. You inform them that someone in the room is behind this and watch as the kids try to deduce who might be doing this. It can be one of the kids if they are willing or it can be yourself. The second more closely embodies a survey, but you can turn it into a game. You will print out bingo sheets but fill the slots with stories that include dogs. It will up to your students to deduce which stories have the dog die or if it lives to see the end of the last page. As you call them out your students will fill what they believe to be a story where the dog is killed. Whoever gets bingo first wins (unless you have a tie of course, then there's multiple winners). Lastly chose a prize or incentive you see fit.

This is a very easy and enjoyable read, but also highly predictable and a tad cliche, read at your discretion.
Cam Rivas

No More Dead Dogs comes in a funny, relatable, and understandable group of characters with a very interesting plot line from author Gordon Korman.

The story is about the star football player Wallace Wallace who was put into detention for writing a very brutally honest book report over “Old Shep, My Pal”. The teacher he wrote it for happens to be the director of the school play and so Wallace has to spend his time at the play rehearsals instead of practice. While there he continues to give his
No More Dead Dogs comes in a funny, relatable, and understandable group of characters with a very interesting plot line from author Gordon Korman.

The story is about the star football player Wallace Wallace who was put into detention for writing a very brutally honest book report over “Old Shep, My Pal”. The teacher he wrote it for happens to be the director of the school play and so Wallace has to spend his time at the play rehearsals instead of practice. While there he continues to give his honest opinion about everything involving the play and eventually totally rescripts the play.

One of the purposes the author had to write the book was, well, to save dogs. It won the award “Young Reader’s Choice Award”

I thought the book was very funny because of the characters. I believe it was very relatable to me when i was a middle schooler and they were fun to learn about. I personally felt like i cared and was in the story too and i wanted everything to work out and there be a happy ending where no dogs die. Wallace was the main character and his first book report he says Old Shep, My Pal by Zach Paris is the most boring book i’ve read in my entire life... The most interesting part came on the last page where it said ‘The End’”. There is another character named Rick isn't very smart at all and he gets two perfectly normal expressions and make up something weird like “First you're on detention, and now we have to paint your stupid garage door if we want to have a flea-flicker. It’s the icing on the gravy!”

The book is something you'll want to stay attached to and you’ll want to figure out the ending. I would recommend the book to all middle schoolers and out of 5 stars i’d give it 4.
Sabrina Osman
No More Dead Dogs is a children’s literature book about an eighth-grade boy name Wallace Wallace. He insists on always telling the truth, even when the truth hurts sometimes. Honestly, I enjoyed this book so much because Wallace Wallace says what he wants to. We live in a world where we can’t truly speak what we think and Wallace simply does not care. Although, this does get himself into trouble and has to miss football practice for his harsh truth. For example, Wallace wrote a review on a book No More Dead Dogs is a children’s literature book about an eighth-grade boy name Wallace Wallace. He insists on always telling the truth, even when the truth hurts sometimes. Honestly, I enjoyed this book so much because Wallace Wallace says what he wants to. We live in a world where we can’t truly speak what we think and Wallace simply does not care. Although, this does get himself into trouble and has to miss football practice for his harsh truth. For example, Wallace wrote a review on a book called Old Shep, My Pal for his English teacher Mr. Fogelman, stating it to be the worse book he has ever read. Mr. Fogelman did not agree and told him he needed to write a more thorough review on the book. Additionally, until Wallace is able to write a good review, he will be stuck in the drama room with the students preparing for their next play and of course Mr. Fogelman is the one who is in charge of the Drama club. Wallace Wallace starts to realize how awfully boring the rehearsals are going and starts to add his own spin onto everything. This book is appropriate for sixth grade-eighth grade students to read. A fun lesson plan is to have the students do a theater script themselves and act it out. This could be five students to a group and see what they add to the story to make their own twist of what happens at the end.
Isaac

In this 180 page thriller, you will be caught up in Wallace Wallace (a popular kid that dove for the football on a last second touchdown during the championship game in the county tournament)’s time spent in detention, away from his precious football team the Giants, and how he helps out the drama club with their crummy performance. Wallace doesn’t realize it until his detention, but he is really good at writing script for plays. Although Wallace doesn’t know, he has a secret admirer, Trudi Dav
In this 180 page thriller, you will be caught up in Wallace Wallace (a popular kid that dove for the football on a last second touchdown during the championship game in the county tournament)’s time spent in detention, away from his precious football team the Giants, and how he helps out the drama club with their crummy performance. Wallace doesn’t realize it until his detention, but he is really good at writing script for plays. Although Wallace doesn’t know, he has a secret admirer, Trudi Davis, in the drama club. As the year progresses slowly, there are attacks on the school play, Old Shep, My Pal (things like vandalism on the play backdrop, or pepper dumped over the entire club during rehearsal, and worst of all, something that could ruin the production for everyone). A girl named Rachel Turner suspects that Wallace is behind all this, because he would be the only one with a grudge against the drama club, so she decides to convince all the rest of the drama club to turn against him. But the rest of the club loves Wallace’s creativity so much, they start protesting for Wallace to be the new director, not the dreaded Mr. Fogleman who put wallace on detention for so long. I would recommend this book to fourth through sixth graders because of the certain vocabulary in the book, and sometimes confusing chapter format.
Megan
PECHA KUCHA
“No More Dead Dogs” is a much more light-hearted and somewhat silly novel and from the very first page, I was laughing alongside the fun-loving characters. In a style similar to “Ungifted,” Korman used the perspectives of several characters to tell the story of how Wallace Wallace, a football player, ended up in the school play, “Old Shep, My Pal.” Wallace decided that he hated how every dog book, including “Old Shep, My Pal,” ended with a dead dog. His book report, detailing this dis PECHA KUCHA
“No More Dead Dogs” is a much more light-hearted and somewhat silly novel and from the very first page, I was laughing alongside the fun-loving characters. In a style similar to “Ungifted,” Korman used the perspectives of several characters to tell the story of how Wallace Wallace, a football player, ended up in the school play, “Old Shep, My Pal.” Wallace decided that he hated how every dog book, including “Old Shep, My Pal,” ended with a dead dog. His book report, detailing this disgust, landed him in detention for the next month. His English teacher, Mr. Fogelman, was in charge of the school play, based on the same dreaded novel, and so Wallace Wallace did his time at the school play practices. Gradually, Wallace inadvertently took over the school play as he tried to make it more interesting and applicable to himself and his peers. Through this unexpected turn of events, the once-famous football player left his group where he was most comfortable and branched out to try new interests and make new friends that he might never have talked to before. I don't think this one was my favorite of the three Korman books I've now read, but I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
John
Recently I finished reading the book No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. The book is very good and It is a pretty short and easy read. I read this book because a friend recommended it to me, and I had some spare time to read it. It did meet my expectations, but I wouldn’t say it complete passed them. I connected to the book with the fact that both me and the main character don’t like books or stories where the dog dies in the end, hence the title. “‘Old Shep, My Pal is a timeless classic!’ roare Recently I finished reading the book No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. The book is very good and It is a pretty short and easy read. I read this book because a friend recommended it to me, and I had some spare time to read it. It did meet my expectations, but I wouldn’t say it complete passed them. I connected to the book with the fact that both me and the main character don’t like books or stories where the dog dies in the end, hence the title. “‘Old Shep, My Pal is a timeless classic!’ roared the teacher. ‘It won the Gunhold Award! It was my favorite book growing up. Everybody loves it.’ He turned to the rest of the class. ‘Right?’ The reaction was a murmur of mixed reviews” (Korman 4). The reaction of the class of this line from Mr. Fogelman really summarizes the book in my opinion. But the only difference between Wallace and the other students is that Wallace won’t lie in his review of the book and say that it’s great just to get a good grade, because Wallace never lies. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a quick read and a pretty good story. I would say that anyone in middle school and up could read the book, and pretty much anyone would enjoy it.
Lisa
My tween-aged daughter and I read this together on a recent road trip. We used an audio book and followed along in a print copy. We shared out-loud laughs, and loved the story so much that the very long car trip seemed to end too early.

When truth telling Wallace is required to give a school book report on the popular book Old Shep, My Pal, he does the unthinkable - he reports he doesn't like the book at all - much to the consternation of his English teacher Mr. Fogelman. Hilarity ensues!

Upper e My tween-aged daughter and I read this together on a recent road trip. We used an audio book and followed along in a print copy. We shared out-loud laughs, and loved the story so much that the very long car trip seemed to end too early.

When truth telling Wallace is required to give a school book report on the popular book Old Shep, My Pal, he does the unthinkable - he reports he doesn't like the book at all - much to the consternation of his English teacher Mr. Fogelman. Hilarity ensues!

Upper elementary and middle school students will love this book, because they can totally elate to the dynamics of these characters and situations. Although the characters often find themselves in ridiculous situations, the story is entirely believable, thanks in part to the spot-on dialogue!

This book would be great to engage reluctant readers, but my daughter is a strong, confident reader and she really enjoyed it.
Heather
Wallace Wallace must be saying what everyone else is thinking - why does every dog in every book ever written have to die? Wallace is a sub-par football star who cannot tell a lie. This hinders him greatly when his teacher insists that he write a 'nice' essay over the novel, "Old Shep, My Pal" after reading it in class. When Wallace refuses, he is given detention and is forced to sit through rehearsals of the play version of the novel he hates.

The thing about this novel that I think many will f Wallace Wallace must be saying what everyone else is thinking - why does every dog in every book ever written have to die? Wallace is a sub-par football star who cannot tell a lie. This hinders him greatly when his teacher insists that he write a 'nice' essay over the novel, "Old Shep, My Pal" after reading it in class. When Wallace refuses, he is given detention and is forced to sit through rehearsals of the play version of the novel he hates.

The thing about this novel that I think many will find appealing is the different perspectives the reader gets. Each chapter is narrated by a different character, so we get a glimpse into the plot through the eyes of many people. It's lighthearted and Korman does an excellent job of using voice to differentiate between the chapters.
Heather
When I was a kid, I remember going to a comedic play about a guy who refused to tell any lies, even white ones. This book seemed to be that play's cousin -- almost like it was meant to be have a play-within-a-play, with broad-stroke characters, listed at the beginning, and plot elements of a mystery and nothing you can take too seriously. But I really enjoyed it. I agree with the premise that too many dogs die in classic books! It would be hard to be completely honest 24/7 and throw out, "If y When I was a kid, I remember going to a comedic play about a guy who refused to tell any lies, even white ones. This book seemed to be that play's cousin -- almost like it was meant to be have a play-within-a-play, with broad-stroke characters, listed at the beginning, and plot elements of a mystery and nothing you can take too seriously. But I really enjoyed it. I agree with the premise that too many dogs die in classic books! It would be hard to be completely honest 24/7 and throw out, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." I especially liked the scenes where friends pitch in to help out the single mom. And I would have loved to see the final play.
Umair Sial
This book is a great example of Gordon Korman's writing style. I really enjoyed the way the perspective changed and you were able to learn more about the characters. I really was cheering for Wallace throughout the book and knew he wouldn't have sabotaged the play. I'm also glad he hooked up with Rachel at the end.
Niccolo porretta block8/9
I thought that this book was alright. The story line was pretty good once you got to see that Wallace was starting to like drama but, the problem was pretty predictable when Wallace didn't do it and her brother did. Overall, this book was good because of the characteristics of the characters but was not one of my favorites because i dont really like books that are predictable..
Ben Denison
I read this nice book with my daughter, we enjoyed it a lot and it pushed her vocabulary while still having a lot of fun with the middle school play and the interaction and politics of a six grade group of kids.

Jacob Luyjtes
it is a good book about a person who never tells a lie and it gets him in trouble. the teacher tells him to come to the play practice place and he changes a bunch of stuff in the play and the cast and crew like him for it.
Angelina Picone
It was good. An easy read. Very intriguing. I did not expect the end.
Katie Calaloo
Simple but adorable. Great read for late elementary and middle schoolers.
Sydney S
I thought this book was great from beginning to end. It was filled with real life situations and very funny. While he deals with his football team wanting him to play in their games he must go to detention just because of a book he doesn't like.
Tracy Bailey
I like Wallace Wallace. I didn't like that Mr. Fogelman refused to let Wallace have his own opinion about a book - it went against the teacher in me.
Owen
Fun YA novel. Currently reading this with two of my guided reading groups.

Good for teaching: multiple perspectives, character change/development, mystery genre, figurative language.
Samuel
It is very good and is realistic fiction with comedy inside.
Ellen
Enjoyable middle grade fiction. Gordon Korman has improved in plot and character development since this book!
Melody
I had to do a book project on this book, and I loved it. It was very funny, and I recommend it to everyone.
Mnmstaten
I read this book with my 12 year old son. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did :)
Ryan Dickson
It was okay. I like that it had a mystery part in it and I like that there was drama in it. I would recommened this book for mystery people that like those books.
Sonia
Don’t usually enjoy middle grade novels, but this one is fun and has some cool language play for 6th graders.
Emily
I can't believe the avg rating for this book isn't WAY higher. I thought this book was WONDROUS. READ IT.
David
A very confusing and strange book. I would not suggest
EJ Breu
What a fun story. It’s the story of clicks, friendship, and family. I’m becoming a Gordon Korman fan.
Ky Krat
pretty good loved when they switched between characters
Abigail
No More dead dogs is a great book. the only thing is the book can be a bit repeditive.
AJ Cincotta
A funny comedy that involves theater, sports, and mystery.
Chy
Wallace Wallace never lies. And he’s tired of books about dogs because the dog always bites it. Then his refusal to agree that Old Shep, My Pal is a masterpiece of literature, his teacher gives him detention. That lands him in the same place where the Junior High drama kids are gearing up for their rendition of that story, adapted for the stage by that same teacher.

The fact that everyone in town considers Wallace a football hero for a single stroke of luck the season before puts the rest of the Wallace Wallace never lies. And he’s tired of books about dogs because the dog always bites it. Then his refusal to agree that Old Shep, My Pal is a masterpiece of literature, his teacher gives him detention. That lands him in the same place where the Junior High drama kids are gearing up for their rendition of that story, adapted for the stage by that same teacher.

The fact that everyone in town considers Wallace a football hero for a single stroke of luck the season before puts the rest of the team on edge since detention eats up Wallace’s practice time. Furthermore, he’s not allowed to play football until he finishes review of Old Shep, My Pal that Mr. Fogelman finds worthy.

Before long, Wallace is swept up into offering advice for the play, telling them where the dialogue isn’t believable and what would spice up some scenes. By the time he’s accused of sabotaging the play he’s worked so hard to help with, the whole town is excited about seeing it. And his last suggestion before they make him leave is that the dog shouldn’t die.
And I’ll tell you what I really think:

I probably have such a positive reaction to this book because it gave me a much needed break in Naked Lunch. Then again, I knew what I was getting myself into by reading a book geared toward younger readers that had a picture of a German Shepard playing dead on the cover. You can’t complain about predictability and lack of depth when you open the cover on something like that.

Scenery/Setting: Ah, Junior High. There were aspects to the setting I didn’t buy, like the fact that a Junior High benchwarmer would ever be the hero of an entire town. Well, I can imagine people talking about it, coming from a small town in Texas as I do, but they would never rant about that guy not playing the next year. The reason they’d be talking about the event would be because the lad was benchwarmer that had a spark of good luck and how cool was that?

The town and classrooms and such were crisp. No complaints. And as it’s not a book about fascinating scenery, that’s all you need.

Characters: Wallace Wallace entertained me. His inability to lie caused many of his problems, but mainly because he was viciously honest. He didn’t just tell people what he thought; he was smartastic about it. I don’t think he saw it that way, though. I think he just saw his quips as the truth. I was always wincing in anticipation of what he would say and how much trouble he would be in when he was done.

Rachel Truner, the star actress of the play, was a very typical story girl. She started out hating Wallace, grimaced when her best friend fell for him, then of course fell for him herself. Her most entertaining aspect was her letters to Julia Roberts about how Wallace’s suggestions were ruining the play. She was definitely over-dramatic. Stereotypical, but it’s just mean to point that out.

Mr. Fogelman acted in totally predictable ways, as well. But hey, it’s a book for younger readers. One of those “Yeah, there’s a tiny message, but mainly this is just to make you smile” kind of books.

Plot: I liked the concept of “no more dead dogs.” Why does the dog always have to die? I’m sure there’s a much deeper meaning to all of it, but this book doesn’t ask you to ponder it. This book doesn’t ask you to think too much at all. You just read it, smile, and put it aside. It’s not supposed to be profound and it doesn’t pretend to be. It’s hard to poke at something like that.

Overall: I enjoyed it. It was almost completely useless to me, but that’s not a big deal because it was barely a blip in my reading time and it took my mind off of Naked Lunch when I needed breaks from that.

This book is written from a first person point-of-view from three different people. Wallace Wallace comes fist, then Rachel Turner, then Mr. Fogelman. They don’t go in any particular order and I thought this changing of stances would drive me crazy. It actually went pretty well with the light feel, the way it was done. It would have to be hammered into an entirely new shape if this book were more than a quick read, a half-smile, and a toss.
Nickie
Hmmmm. Middle school me would have loved this.

Football "star" Wallace, Wallace cannot tell a lie. As a result of his honest opinion, he gets assigned detention by the theater director/ELA teacher. He slowly redesigns the play Old Shep, My Pal to be something more upbeat.
Sherylt
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman is an exciting book. Meet Wallace Wallace, a boy who has never told a lie in his life. Wallace, a star athlete, has become the most popular kid in school for scoring the winning goal at the championship. However he sits on the sidelines instead of kicking field goals and tackling foot ball players. He has something much more to tackle, detention. As an English class assignment, Wallace Wallace and his fellow classmates were required to write a book review on O No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman is an exciting book. Meet Wallace Wallace, a boy who has never told a lie in his life. Wallace, a star athlete, has become the most popular kid in school for scoring the winning goal at the championship. However he sits on the sidelines instead of kicking field goals and tackling foot ball players. He has something much more to tackle, detention. As an English class assignment, Wallace Wallace and his fellow classmates were required to write a book review on Old Shep, My Pal. Wallace writes an honest review of how terrible the book was and this outrages his English teacher, Mr. Fogelman. Old Shep, My Pal is Mr. Fogelman’s favorite book and gives Wallace detention until he writes an appropriate review on the book. Wallace refuses to lie about how he feels about the book and wonders why the dog always has to die at the end of the book. Every day after school, during football practice, Wallace Wallace was required to serve detention with Mr. Fogelman, as he directed the play, which so happened to be Old Shep, My Pal. He starts with a suggestion about the dialogue, and in no time he was running the play, turning it into a rock- and- roll, motorcycle, stuff dog remote control car, rollerblading play. Wallace Wallace also suggests that the dog does not have to die in the end of the play, and that was greatly taken into consideration.

This book was very enjoyable. The title might throw you off at first, but it is definitely relevant to the main conflict in the book. The tone of the book is engaging and draws you in. The many characters and their points of views on the situation definitely help you see the opinions of other characters and not just one. The voice in the book is very conversational which allows you wanting to read more and keep reading. The overall book was exciting and left you wanting to know what was yet to come. Overall, I was very pleased with this book. It was one of the most creative books I have ever read, and also there were many funny moments where you start to laugh out loud. The mystery incentive was truly an added bonus to the book.

I would recommend this book to children ages 10-14 because it relates to the daily lives of those in middle school. Even though I am an older teenager, I still found the book very entertaining and fun. It was written very well, as though you can see the whole thing in front of your eyes. If you like to laugh and be completely shocked at the resolution of a conflict, this is the book for you.
SFrick
Finally at the very end, somewhat a conclusion with Wallace Wallace, the honest guy that he is, takes the fall and lies just once.
Steven
Wallace Wallace is a young football star at his school. He hated novels that had dogs in them because he knew that the dog always had to die. So he thought he didn't really need to read any novels with dogs in them because he kew he would know what would happen. One day he was assigned to make a review on a novel and the novel was about a dog that died sadly. He insulted the book in most of the review. So the teacher put him in detention in a place he hated, the after school drama club. He hate Wallace Wallace is a young football star at his school. He hated novels that had dogs in them because he knew that the dog always had to die. So he thought he didn't really need to read any novels with dogs in them because he kew he would know what would happen. One day he was assigned to make a review on a novel and the novel was about a dog that died sadly. He insulted the book in most of the review. So the teacher put him in detention in a place he hated, the after school drama club. He hated all the drama geeks, but most of all the president of the drama club, "Rachel Turner." Although Rachel hated Wallace Wallace, Wallace Wallace was her little brothers football hero.The drama geeks were making a play about the novel that Wallace Wallace had made the review about.

It had been several months and almost the end of the school year and several attemps to destroy the play were made. The drama club had thought that it was Wallace Wallace because of his hatred of the play, but most of all Rachel Turner acused him first.
Wallace Wallace made the drama club realize that everyone in the school hated them because their plays were boring and old fashioned. Wallace Wallace made the play cool and had gained the trust of all the drama crew. When the next day another attemp to destroy the play was made and Wallace Wallace's football jersey was left in the crime scene. Everything acused him and he knew that it wasn't him, but none of the drama crew was believed him.

He started enbestigating who might have caused the crime. He remembered that the last time he saw his jersey was when he was at the superbowl in the locker room with his friens. He saw a few tapes of when he was in the locker room in the superbowl and wa suprised to find out that it was Rachel's own little brother that had stole his football jersey and tried to sabotage the drama play. Rachel found out and apoligized to Wallace Wallace and realized that she liked Wallace Wallace.

This was an amazing book I recommend it to any one. I give it five stars. It may be boring at first like any other book, but then it gets interesting.I like it because its about middle school and I am in middle school so its interesting what happens in other middle schools.So yeah read it!!!!
Zack Zugovitz
In the book "No more dead dogs" by Gordon Korman, Wallace Wallace is an all star football player, the reason why everyone calls him a "allstar" is because in football last season Wallace scored the last touchdown that won the game and won the championship. Until, when his class reads a book, "Old Shep, My Pal", he absolutely does not like. Wallace Wallace has never once lied before so he is going to tell the truth about how he feels about this book. His teacher, Mr.Fogelman, assigns his class to In the book "No more dead dogs" by Gordon Korman, Wallace Wallace is an all star football player, the reason why everyone calls him a "allstar" is because in football last season Wallace scored the last touchdown that won the game and won the championship. Until, when his class reads a book, "Old Shep, My Pal", he absolutely does not like. Wallace Wallace has never once lied before so he is going to tell the truth about how he feels about this book. His teacher, Mr.Fogelman, assigns his class to write a book review about that book. When Wallace writes his review Fogelman isn't very happy with him, so he makes Wallace sit in detention until he accepts the review. Now it doesn't sound that bad but Mr.Fogelman is the head drama director and they are doing a based play on the book Wallace absolutely hates. Wallace is furious about this because he does not like drama and he cant play football until he is off detention. Wallace Wallace has to sit in the bleachers watching and listening to this dreaded play, until he had some ideas about how to make they play better in his opinion. After Wallace gives everyone almost entirely different lines and a new theme to the play, he is starting to like drama but still cannot play football because he didn't turn in his review. The day before the play Mr.Fogelman lets Wallace off detention because he helped so much with "fixing" the play. Wallace heads straight off to the lunch room because all the football players are supposed to have a meeting there. When he arrives everyone is excited to see him and everyone started to think that they are going to have a awesome rest of football season because Wallace is back. But unfortunately Wallace didn't have some good news to share with everyone... To find out this baffling information read "No more dead dogs" by Gordon Korman. I would give this book a 10 out of 10 because of how much detail this book has and it gives you a clear picture of what is happening. This book is to anyone who likes mystery and entertainment, if you like those kind of books than this is the perfect book for you!
Landen W
No More Dead Dogs is a fantastic, original book by Gordon Korman loaded with good laughs and surprises.
The story follows teenager Wallace Wallace, a boy who can't seem to tell a lie. This is usually a good thing, but when his English teacher Mr. Fogelman asks him to write a book review on Old Shep, My Pal, Wallace does so honestly; and honesty isn't what his teacher is looking for.

Mr. Fogelman wants a positive review. He is outraged by Wallace's obviously inferior opinion and sentences Wallace t No More Dead Dogs is a fantastic, original book by Gordon Korman loaded with good laughs and surprises.
The story follows teenager Wallace Wallace, a boy who can't seem to tell a lie. This is usually a good thing, but when his English teacher Mr. Fogelman asks him to write a book review on Old Shep, My Pal, Wallace does so honestly; and honesty isn't what his teacher is looking for.

Mr. Fogelman wants a positive review. He is outraged by Wallace's obviously inferior opinion and sentences Wallace to detention until he can write a real book review for No More Dead Dogs.
This is problematic for multiple reasons, one of them being that it is impossible for Wallace to lie, and the other being that Wallace Wallace is the star of his town's football team.
Wallace is then imprisoned in detention, during this time he is forced to help the Drama Club create their props.
While the Drama Club is rehearsing their script, Wallace can't help but eavesdrop and notices how antique the dialog is. He then decides to input his opinion and change a few words in the script.
This leads to Wallace redesigning a majority of the script.
While Wallace is doing his time with the Drama Club, his fans are yearning for him while their beloved football team is getting squashed like a pumpkin on Halloween night.
Things then start to settle down in the story; Wallace takes a liking to the Drama Club and there's even a splash of romance tossed in, but everything changes when somebody starts sabotaging the play..

This is a book for anybody that enjoys books, crammed with great characters, jokes and twists while being written in an extremely unique and interesting way. I recommend it to anybody in need of a good book and will be reading it again myself. It teaches readers that judging a book by it's cover can lead to missing out on some great friends, activities and even, in this case, clubs in a genuinely entertaining way.
Kevin
The book No More Dead Dogs was very exciting and I could never put it down. It is definitely one of Gordon Korman’s best. This fictional book takes place in a small town, Bedford. This book is about a football benchwarmer who on his Middle School football team in eighth grade, during the championship game managed to dive on the loose ball into the end zone for the winning touchdown. This kids name is Wallace Wallace, and more than a few jokes are made about his name, including Doofus Doofus, and The book No More Dead Dogs was very exciting and I could never put it down. It is definitely one of Gordon Korman’s best. This fictional book takes place in a small town, Bedford. This book is about a football benchwarmer who on his Middle School football team in eighth grade, during the championship game managed to dive on the loose ball into the end zone for the winning touchdown. This kids name is Wallace Wallace, and more than a few jokes are made about his name, including Doofus Doofus, and Jackass Jackass, by his used-to-be-best-friend Steven Cavanaugh. Steve was and still is their teams best player and now won’t even talk to Wallace without insulting him because he feel Wallace stole all his glory by getting one “Lucky Touchdown”, when he had the four other ones that game. Wallace is given detention for speaking the truth about the book that he read, because as long as he lives he says he will never lie and his teacher isn’t pleased with it and thinks it was not proper since all it did was insult the book. While on detention Wallace has to sit and watch the play Old Shep, My Pal form from a book to the play before opening night, which happens to be the book that he reviewed. When the play is being ruined by some prankster everyone suspects Wallace but he deny’s. In detention Wallace starts helping the play shape into a time in the past to present day with a roaring loud moped and a live performance by a band at their school, the Dead Mangoes. But in the end Wallace has to decide whether to help the play or join his teammates back on the bench, read it and find out. I really enjoyed the characters in this book; I thought they were very funny and exciting. I really like the plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes short fun books. (319)
Kerry
This review is based on the Playaway version, c2007.

Wallace Wallace is an eighth-grade football hero who, under no circumstances, will tell a lie. His stubborn streak is best described by a teacher: “the parking lot is paved with the bones of teachers who were waiting for Wallace Wallace to see things their way.” He lands in detention when he refuses to write a positive review of a book that his English teacher, Mr. Fogelman, loves. Until he rewrites the review in a more positive light, he is fo This review is based on the Playaway version, c2007.

Wallace Wallace is an eighth-grade football hero who, under no circumstances, will tell a lie. His stubborn streak is best described by a teacher: “the parking lot is paved with the bones of teachers who were waiting for Wallace Wallace to see things their way.” He lands in detention when he refuses to write a positive review of a book that his English teacher, Mr. Fogelman, loves. Until he rewrites the review in a more positive light, he is forced to sit through rehearsals of the teacher’s production of this same book. Wallace can’t hold back his negative feedback, and he makes suggestions to improve the sappy dialogue and boring props. As he realizes that Wallace’s ideas are winning the cast over and he is losing control of his play, Mr. Fogelman’s voice contains just the right mix of exasperation and desperation. His constant sighing and angry tone indicate that this man is seconds away from blowing his top.

The superior attitude of lead actress Rachel is dramatically portrayed in both her dialogue and in the letters she pens to Julia Roberts looking for advice. Rachel’s younger brother and best friend are reeled in by this football player’s good looks and star power, and their unbridled enthusiasm for his ideas and mere presence is entertaining. The narration perfectly captures Wallace’s sarcasm and bold honesty, and his frank comments and deadpan humor are brilliantly brought to life. The reactions this cast of characters has to Wallace’s honest feedback, ranging from admiration to annoyance, are amusing.

Korman is well-known for effectively portraying the lives of teens in a believable and often witty manner (Schooled (Hyperion, 2007) and Son of the Mob (Scholastic, 2002)), and the narrators of this laugh-out-loud performance are perfectly cast to showcase the personalities of these characters.
Kasha
This book was not bad. It is a 4.5 on the AR reading scale. I probably won't recommend it to either of my kids right now just because it is very preteen. This would probably be a good book for a kid to read in middle school...except that the AR level is so low that the student probably wouldn't find any literary challenge if they read it at that age. I think the kind of student that would enjoy this book would have to be prematurely interested in girls or boys, and that doesn't describe either o This book was not bad. It is a 4.5 on the AR reading scale. I probably won't recommend it to either of my kids right now just because it is very preteen. This would probably be a good book for a kid to read in middle school...except that the AR level is so low that the student probably wouldn't find any literary challenge if they read it at that age. I think the kind of student that would enjoy this book would have to be prematurely interested in girls or boys, and that doesn't describe either one of my kids. On page 6, the profane version of the word donkey is used, but I think that is the only offensive bit I found.

The protagonist's name is Wallace Wallace (his first and last name is the same). He is always VERY honest, even if it means being a little brutal. He is a very likeable character who is being raised by a divorced mom. He tries to help out as much as he can.

Wallace Wallace gets in trouble for not writing an acceptable review of an award winning novel about a dog (called Old Shep, My Pal--not really a book I dont believe). Wallace doesn't like the book since the dog dies, and he claims that every award winning book about a dog ends with the dogs death (i.e. where the red fern grows and old yeller). So of course his review of Old Shep, My Pal is brutally honest, and Wallace and the teacher proceed to go head to head throughout the book over the whole thing.

It's pretty funny, at times, how Wallace drives his teacher crazy. His teacher is in charge of the drama clubs production of Old Shep, My Pal, and Wallace manages to weasil his way into every facet of the production until the end result is not recognizable from the original!

Pretty cute, but I don't think my kids would be interested. There is just too much preteen content. It's very clean but also very over my kids' heads.
Riley S
I had high hopes for this book since it came highly recommended to me by the ladies who also recommended "Looking for Alaska", which was amazing. Plus, the title is pretty funny, and that, in itself, is promising.

The premise is funny too: due to his lying, loser dad, the main character refuses to lie. He also maintains that all stories that feature a dog character end in the death of the dog. When he has to write a report about a book that he considers the worst dog story of all time, he didn't I had high hopes for this book since it came highly recommended to me by the ladies who also recommended "Looking for Alaska", which was amazing. Plus, the title is pretty funny, and that, in itself, is promising.

The premise is funny too: due to his lying, loser dad, the main character refuses to lie. He also maintains that all stories that feature a dog character end in the death of the dog. When he has to write a report about a book that he considers the worst dog story of all time, he didn't mince words. As punishment/detention, his teacher makes him attend the rehearsals of a play (of said book) that the teacher was putting on that year.

The problem for me wasn’t the humor. It was, on the whole, quite funny. What I couldn’t get over was the fact that the author made some rookie mistakes that should have been spotted by his agent before it even got to an editor, and yet there those mistakes were: on printed page.

It’s ironic that while the character went on and on about how poorly written the fictitious book, “Old Shep, My Pal,” is, the author commits the biggest gaffe that anyone who’s taken a beginner’s course in writing knows to avoid: using a variety of words to mean “said.”

Examples:

“Not true!” stormed Mr. Fogelman.

“[...]before opening up his big mouth to Mr. Fogelman,” growled Coach Wrigley.

“Not me,” chorused everybody.

“Too long,” Trudi corrected.

“Warning sign number three,” I intoned.

“Well, we’ll never know now, will we?” Rick seethed.

It wouldn’t be so bad if those were used every once in a while, but these alternate versions of said comprise 80% of the dialogue tags.

Honestly, I really wanted to like this book more.

**Ok, this is exactly what I mean: http://blog.pauldorset.com/2011/05/13...
Gemmicka
Meet Wallace Wallace, former bench warmer turned local middle school football hero. Unable to tell a lie, Wallace Wallace hands in his book report on Old Shep, My Pal. Understandably, Wallace’s instructor is completely dismayed by his assessment that, “I did not have a favorite character. I hated everyone equally. The most interesting part came on the last page where it said, “The End” (4). Pulled from the football team until he writes an appropriate book report, Wallace is forced to serve deten Meet Wallace Wallace, former bench warmer turned local middle school football hero. Unable to tell a lie, Wallace Wallace hands in his book report on Old Shep, My Pal. Understandably, Wallace’s instructor is completely dismayed by his assessment that, “I did not have a favorite character. I hated everyone equally. The most interesting part came on the last page where it said, “The End” (4). Pulled from the football team until he writes an appropriate book report, Wallace is forced to serve detention with the drama students and to help work on the school production of Old Shep, My Pal. Of course, given his brutal honesty when asked for his opinion, Wallace becomes the go to guy for updating the language of the dry Old Shep, My Pal play.

In terms of its audience orientation, the language was very accessible with no objectionable content or humor. This make's this a safe read for ages 10 and up. I think that it is the type of novel that would work for either a male or female reader simply because it switches POVs between male and female characters and introduces romance and sports in such a way that neither bogs down the story. I rated a three, not because I disliked the writing, but because I think that the decision to use multiple narrators comes at the price of some major character development. For example, the section introducing Wallace opens with the recognition that his dad was a serial liar. The implication being that this is what makes Wallace chose to tell the blunt and honest truth no matter the consequences. A little bit more set up in terms of the father-son relationship would really help sell Wallace as a character for the reader.
Beth Bonini
In a way, the title of this book is misleading. There isn't actually a dog in this book, and the book is certainly not about the relationship between a boy and his canine best friend. But when Wallace Wallace (protagonist, 8th grader and defiant truth teller) writes a negative review of Old Shep, My Pal (a fictional book in the tradition of Old Yeller and similar), he does get the chance to bemoan the fact that in certain prize-winning novels you can be assured that love and loss will be intertw In a way, the title of this book is misleading. There isn't actually a dog in this book, and the book is certainly not about the relationship between a boy and his canine best friend. But when Wallace Wallace (protagonist, 8th grader and defiant truth teller) writes a negative review of Old Shep, My Pal (a fictional book in the tradition of Old Yeller and similar), he does get the chance to bemoan the fact that in certain prize-winning novels you can be assured that love and loss will be intertwined. Middle grade readers can rest assured that there will be no great tragedies or major "rite of passage" journeys in THIS book. There are some mild learning moments -- for instance, when Wallace discovers that the drama geeks are hard workers and actually pretty cool -- but mostly this is a book which is played for laughs. Wallace is a Tom Sawyer sort of boy who goes from being the bench-warmer (and accidental hero) of the football team to rewriting and directing the play of the book that he hated. Although he does make one chivalrous allowance to his policy of brutal honesty, he remains largely unchanged by the book's events.

Despite the male protagonist, large parts of the book are narrated from the point of view of Rachel (drama diva and prickly love interest of Wallace) and her ditsy best friend. For that reason, and because the novel is mostly about friendship, I think that girls will probably enjoy the book more than boys.
Luke
I know that I might be biased because this is Gordon Korman (one of my favorite authors), but this was one of the BEST books ever! :) The only reason I got it was because they were giving a copy to everyone at a book signing. I figured I might as well take a free book.

The story revolves around Wallace Wallace, a boy who can never tell a lie. This stems from his father NEVER telling the truth, which ended in his parents getting divorced. Since that time, Wallace has always been truthful. As it sa I know that I might be biased because this is Gordon Korman (one of my favorite authors), but this was one of the BEST books ever! :) The only reason I got it was because they were giving a copy to everyone at a book signing. I figured I might as well take a free book.

The story revolves around Wallace Wallace, a boy who can never tell a lie. This stems from his father NEVER telling the truth, which ended in his parents getting divorced. Since that time, Wallace has always been truthful. As it says in the book, "Wallace couldn't tell a lie if his life were in jeopardy."

This also creates controversy because he made the winning play of the county championship football game. Wallace was never a good player, he just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Now everyone calls him the hero and thinks he's the best player ever. Wallace insists that he's not a good player, but people's imaginations get out of hand.

So on to the main plotline: a book report. Wallace writes a book report critisizing the book Old Shep, My Pal, which happens to be his English teacher's favorite book. For this, he gives Wallace detention with the drama club.

Throughout the book, Wallace sees a pitiful attempt to re-create Old Shep, My Pal in musical form. He thinks he could do better, so he gives suggestions and the drama club listens. One thing leads to another, and soon...well...just read it!

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone!
Owen
This book is about Wallace, a football player who won the championship game for his school. The setting of this book is mostly at school but some of it takes place at Wallace's house.
The book begins with Wallace writing a bad review of the book "Old Shep, My Pal" for English class. His English teacher wants him to rewrite the report but Wallace refuses because he really hated the book and won't lie and say he liked it. His English teacher makes Wallace start going to play practice for "Old She This book is about Wallace, a football player who won the championship game for his school. The setting of this book is mostly at school but some of it takes place at Wallace's house.
The book begins with Wallace writing a bad review of the book "Old Shep, My Pal" for English class. His English teacher wants him to rewrite the report but Wallace refuses because he really hated the book and won't lie and say he liked it. His English teacher makes Wallace start going to play practice for "Old Shep, My Pal". Since Wallace has to go, he decides to make changes to the play to make it better.
Things start going wrong for the play. Someone spray paints "Old Shep, Dead Mut" on the wall. One day all the scripts for the play are shredded to pieces. Wallace's jersey is found on the stage. Everyone thinks it is Wallace who is doing all the bad things to the play.
On the day of the play, Wallace sees a bunch of football players headed to the play. He knows they would never sit through a whole play so he figures out that something is wrong. They are planning to exploded the pretend dog that is in the play. Wallace saves the play by jumping on the dog. In the end, everyone finds out that Wallace didn't pull all the pranks. It was one of the actress's little brother.
I liked this book because it shows that things are always as they seem. It was funny and kept you interested so you wanted to read more.
Nicole Catherine
Every now and then you'll come upon a book that makes you say, "Of COURSE! That is SO TRUE!! Why didn't anyone think of this before??" Well, I'm telling you now: No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman is most definitely one of those books.

We've all had to read that classic novel in elementary school: poor lonely little boy, he has a hard life, but oh lookie! there's a stray dog, now poor-lonely-little-boy has a friend! But guess what happens at the end of the book? Does the dog get to sit by the bo Every now and then you'll come upon a book that makes you say, "Of COURSE! That is SO TRUE!! Why didn't anyone think of this before??" Well, I'm telling you now: No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman is most definitely one of those books.

We've all had to read that classic novel in elementary school: poor lonely little boy, he has a hard life, but oh lookie! there's a stray dog, now poor-lonely-little-boy has a friend! But guess what happens at the end of the book? Does the dog get to sit by the boy as he drives off into the sunset (wait, does this boy have a driver's license???)? No. Of course not. That would be a happy ending, and seriously, who likes THOSE? Nobody, right? So of course, the dog is caught in a bear trap, or shot by a hunter, or just mysteriously wastes away. And DIES. Don't you just love that kind of book?

WELL DUH! How do those books end up being classics anyway? EVERYONE hates them. And No More Dead Dogs is a book about a middle school football player who feels just the same. He dares to ask the question, "Why does the dog ALWAYS die?" It's a question we should all maybe ask ourselves... So go ahead, grab yourself a bag of chips and an afghan, get comfortable, and give No More Dead Dogs a try. Maybe one of us readers will grow up and write a book where the dog DOESN'T die. I know I'd read it. :)
Ben
No More Dead Dogs starts out with Wallace Wallace introducing himself and explaining why he can never lie, and how that can cause problems. Wallace explains that he has to do a book report on Old Shep my pal, Wallace writes his report which is just a bunch of complaints about the book. His English Teacher, Mr. Fogelman, happens to love the book and is offended by Wallace's report. Wallace goes to football practice, and is hanging out with his friends, until he is called by Mr. Fogelman for deten No More Dead Dogs starts out with Wallace Wallace introducing himself and explaining why he can never lie, and how that can cause problems. Wallace explains that he has to do a book report on Old Shep my pal, Wallace writes his report which is just a bunch of complaints about the book. His English Teacher, Mr. Fogelman, happens to love the book and is offended by Wallace's report. Wallace goes to football practice, and is hanging out with his friends, until he is called by Mr. Fogelman for detention. Wallace refuses to rewrite his report, but instead Mr. Fogelman tells Wallace that there will be a play adaptation for the book and Wallace will be forced to go to rehearsals. Eventually, strange things begin happening to the play and Wallace is the one being blamed! Wallace is still going to rehearsals, and he can't help but make changes to the play, the actors begin to appreciate what Wallace is doing, and Wallace begins to make friends with the actors. The scheduled day of the play is coming up, and someone is still trying to sabotage the play, eventually something terrible happens and Wallace is banned from the play. With the help of his friend, Wallace finds out who the culprit is and stops him from ruining the play. However, Wallace can't take the pressure and lies, then takes the blame. The culprit is caught then Wallace is thanked for saving the play.
Liz Friend
This is my very favorite Gordon Korman book--I've read it several times, and it still makes me laugh every time. Even though it's getting a bit dated now (mentions of the 1999-2000 football seasons, and Rachel Turner writing to then-hot Julia Roberts) it's still a great read.

Annotation with spoilers: Wallace Wallace's father was a big fat fibber--so Wallace has spent his 14 years vowing never to tell a lie. His "honesty is the only policy" approach means trouble, though, when he refuses to give a glowing review to "Old Shep, My Pal"--one of those award-winning books where the dog ends up dead. His teacher, Mr. Fogelman, is outraged by his disrespectful treatment of a classic (and a personal favorite) and he puts Wallace on detention until he comes up with a suitable book report (read: one that enthuses over the merits of the book). Wallace? Ain't gonna lie. He'd rather serve detention.

But there's a problem with that. Wallace is on the Bedford Middle School Giants football team, and last year--after an entire season of warming the bench--he made a surprise play that won the game and thereby the championship. So now he's famous (far more famous than actually talented!) and his personal fans, along with his friends on the team, are puzzled and bummed that he won't produce the required book report.

Since Mr. Fogelman is currently directing the drama club's production of Old Shep, Wallace has to serve his detention under the teacher's eye in the auditorium...and it isn't long before Wallace starts changing the direction of the play. First, he convinces everyone that the dialogue is too stilted and needs to be lightened up. Next, Old Shep (who in the script had been hit by a car before the curtain even went up) is attached to a remote control car, chased by a dogcatcher on roller blades, and run over by a kid on a mo-ped. And it just spirals out from them. At first, Mr. Fogelman tries to resist, but eventually even he is overcome by the tidal wave that is Wallace Wallace, and things continue onward out of control.

In the meantime, Wallace is "getting to know" the drama geeks: Rachel Turner, president of the drama club, who finds him incredibly annoying; Trudi Davis, Rachel's friend and an airhead, who finds Wallace incredibly cute, Nathaniel Spitzner, a drama dork--and then all the "extras" Wallace recruits to make the play "better"--like the Dead Mangoes (a rock band), and the school interpretive dance team. Fogelman, in desperation, declares that Wallace's "help" on the play has taken much more effort than any paper, and so lets him off detention. But Wallace--thinking about how the team has been giving him the cold shoulder while the drama kids turned out to rake his lawn--announces at the big pep rally that he's quitting the team and going back to the play. All the sports fans think he's a traitor (especially since the team is 0-4 at this point).

Just as bad are the newspaper articles written by Parker Schmidt (aka Porker Zit). He is a true yellow journalist, inventing facts and printing them--such as the "fact" that Trudi Davis is Wallace's girl friend, that Wallace is a "secret agent" spying, and so forth. Every time an article is printed, Wallace is deeper in trouble with SOMEBODY.

Plus, all is not well in DramaLand--someone is playing mean practical jokes, like spray painting "Old Shep, Dead Mutt" on the set, launching a pepper bomb, and rolling marbles across the floor in a wave aimed at the rollerbladers. Because Wallace is in detention, he's the obvious suspect (and this is one of the reasons why Rachel can't stand him--she's convinced he's trying to sabotage the play as revenge for being off the team. His friends on the football team are starting to give him the cold shoulder because he won't just say whatever is needful to get the paper written and get off detention. So it could be one of theets him off detention. But Wallace--thinking about how the team has been giving him the cold shoulder while the drama kids turned out to rake his lawn--announces at the big pep rally that he's quitting the team and going back to the play. All the sports fans think he's a traitor (especially since the team is 0-4 at this point).

Mr. Fogelman has pretty much given up on keeping Wallace's "improvements" out of the play and he decides to chill out by joining the Dead Mangoes as their keyboard man. But just as they're ready for the dress rehearsal, someone takes the 45 new scripts (with all the changes Wallace has made), steals the shredder from the front office, and shreds them all. Conveniently, Wallace's scrimmage shirt is left in the blizzard of paper shreds, and everyone instantly goes back to believing that he's guilty...everyone but Rachel, that is. After talking to Cavanaugh (Wallace's former best friend, alienated by Wallace's getting all the glory for winning the game last year when Cavanaugh is a way better player and did all the work) who points out to her that Wallace wouldn't tell a lie to save his mother from cannibals, Rachel reluctantly goes over to Wallace's side and offers to help clear him. But what can she do? He's been banished.

But Wallace realizes that the prankster will probably try to sabotage the performance of Old Shep in front of 700 audience members...so he sneaks in to keep an eye on things. With the help of his friend Rick, they look at the video of last year's championship celebration and realize that the person who stole his shirt was...Rachel's little brother, Dylan, who's been super bummed that Wallace isn't playing (which in his mind is the reason the Giants are losing). Wallace is just in time to repeat his flying tackle from last year's game, this time to smother a cherry bomb that Dylan has planted on the rolling Old Shep--so even though the dog blows up, no one gets hurt and the kids change up the end of the play so that Old Shep doesn't die after all (even though he got blown up!). Author Zack Paris would never have recognized his story, so improved was it.
WHen Rachel demands to know who's responsible, for the first time in his life, Wallace blurts out a lie--just to save her from the hurt and humiliation that will accompany her discovery that her little brother is the perp. But of course, everything comes out and Wallace is exonerated, while Dylan is grounded to his bedroom for the next 800 years.

Rachel finally gets a note back from Julia Roberts, telling her that (after reading all the letters Rachel has sent detailing the events of the show) Rachel is clearly crazy about Wallace and shouldn't let him get away. So she invites him to see a movie with her--and with Trudi and HER new boyfriend, Cavanaugh. It's a date! AND it looks like Stevie and Wally may just be able to be friends again, just like old times. Happy ending (my favorite kind)!

June Cleaver's rating: G. (Only PG moment is the repeated use of "Jackass Jackass" as Cavanaugh's not-very-nice nickname for Wallace Wallace.)
Hazel Skousen
In the book "No More Dead Dogs" by Gordon Korman, an honest honest boy in junior high is stuck writing a book review about a classic that he didn't like. During the book, it shows the struggles that this kid, and a drama geek go through socially and how they end up evolving to help save something they both have invested in. I really thought I could relate to the main character in this book because he had to write a book review he didn't want to write and so do I. One of the things I really didn' In the book "No More Dead Dogs" by Gordon Korman, an honest honest boy in junior high is stuck writing a book review about a classic that he didn't like. During the book, it shows the struggles that this kid, and a drama geek go through socially and how they end up evolving to help save something they both have invested in. I really thought I could relate to the main character in this book because he had to write a book review he didn't want to write and so do I. One of the things I really didn't like about this book was the ending. In my opinion that one scene at the end when he does something totally against his nature for another character was totally cheesy and unrealistic. I also didn't like how she totally broke down in his room. All in all, I thought that this book was pretty interesting and it made me want to read "Old Shep my Pal". If you've read anyone of Gordon Korman's other books and liked them (like "Schooled") than I think you would like this book because it definitely didn't disappoint.
Michèle Velthuizen
Interest level: 5th +
Reading level: medium
Genre: mystery, humor, football, acting, friendship, dogs

Here's another funny book by Gordon Korman, author of the "Son of the Mob Series" (see review in this blog).

Wallace Wallace is suspended from his football team when he refuses to rewrite a book report on "Old Shep, My Pal", a book he absolutely hated from cover to cover. To make matters worse, Wallace's English teacher sends Wallace to the rehearsals of the upcoming play - also based on the novel Interest level: 5th +
Reading level: medium
Genre: mystery, humor, football, acting, friendship, dogs

Here's another funny book by Gordon Korman, author of the "Son of the Mob Series" (see review in this blog).

Wallace Wallace is suspended from his football team when he refuses to rewrite a book report on "Old Shep, My Pal", a book he absolutely hated from cover to cover. To make matters worse, Wallace's English teacher sends Wallace to the rehearsals of the upcoming play - also based on the novel "Old Shep, My Pal"- as part of his punishment.

At first Wallace (and the drama club) resent having Wallace at their rehearsals, but Wallace soon wins over the club members when the play starts to improve as a result of his blatantly honest suggestions. However, just when things are looking brighter and Wallace is starting to enjoy himself, someone starts to sabotage the play....

Visit [ http://www.gorgonkorman.com ]Gordon Korman's website to find out about the author and his books.
Mohammad
Wallace Wallace was a guy in middle school who always told the truth. Even if he knew he would get in trouble for it. For example, Wallace Wallace was told to write a book review, an honest one, for a book titled, "Old Shep My Pal". So Wallace Wallace did. Mr.Fogleman was not amused with what he had wrote, "The book stinks, why did the dog die? In every book where there's a dog it always dies."
Due to the fact that Wallace Wallace did in fact write his "honest opinion" of the book he was kicked Wallace Wallace was a guy in middle school who always told the truth. Even if he knew he would get in trouble for it. For example, Wallace Wallace was told to write a book review, an honest one, for a book titled, "Old Shep My Pal". So Wallace Wallace did. Mr.Fogleman was not amused with what he had wrote, "The book stinks, why did the dog die? In every book where there's a dog it always dies."
Due to the fact that Wallace Wallace did in fact write his "honest opinion" of the book he was kicked off the football team, forced to join a play. Wallace Wallace was the Giants best player. Sooner or later Wallace Wallace starts to like the play, and a particular girl, Rachel Tuner. Wallace Wallace fixes the play's scripts and props, and now all the tickets are sold out thanks to Wallace Wallace. However, in the end Wallace Wallace tells a lie to protect a little someone. Wonder who it is ? Read the book. It is a very funny and interesting book.
Lauren Brink
This book was not what I expected it to be after hearing the title. This is a great book about an eighth grade boy who is the school’s football star but finds himself in detention because he will not tell a lie, not even on a book review to his English teacher. For detention he has to hang around drama club as they practice their play, and he finds himself actually enjoying it. The thing that I liked most about this book is that the author changes each chapter to a new narrator. With the change This book was not what I expected it to be after hearing the title. This is a great book about an eighth grade boy who is the school’s football star but finds himself in detention because he will not tell a lie, not even on a book review to his English teacher. For detention he has to hang around drama club as they practice their play, and he finds himself actually enjoying it. The thing that I liked most about this book is that the author changes each chapter to a new narrator. With the change in narrator’s it allowed me to feel closer with each character because I am able to understand their thoughts beyond the dialogue. I would recommend this book to both boys and girls in my future classroom. Because of the constant switch to drama club and football games I think it was meant for both genders, and it will also help students recognize stereotypes held for both drama club and football players.
Damian
This book is about a boy who quits a football team to join a play called "old Shep, new dog." There is a boy named Wallace Wallace joins the play just to be with a girl that he likes. She is a part of the play. The setting of this book takes place at a regular high school in Chicago. An external conflict in this book is that Wallace's little brother used to watch his big brother play football, but now he is sad because Wallace quit football go be in the play. He storms into his "CHAMBER OF HORRO This book is about a boy who quits a football team to join a play called "old Shep, new dog." There is a boy named Wallace Wallace joins the play just to be with a girl that he likes. She is a part of the play. The setting of this book takes place at a regular high school in Chicago. An external conflict in this book is that Wallace's little brother used to watch his big brother play football, but now he is sad because Wallace quit football go be in the play. He storms into his "CHAMBER OF HORRORS" and destroys and dismantles every Wallace football moment in the past. This conflict is actually not resolved.

I will make a text to world connection. In the world people have bad days all the time. It's life. Sometimes you never get what you want. Then you become stressed and you cant control yourself.

I would recommend this book to people who like plays. I would also give this book a 3 star rating because there isn't anything interesting going on in the chapters.
Jean Haberman
I had this book in the elementary library and someone returned it and said that there were swear words in it. So, I took it home and read it quickly during the weekend. I didn't find any swear words unless "stupid" is a swear word, however, I enjoyed the book. Wallace Wallace, the main character, is an 8th grade boy who is famous for making a saving touchdown for his football team. The team feels that he lets them down when he gets on detention for not completing a book review of the classic, "O I had this book in the elementary library and someone returned it and said that there were swear words in it. So, I took it home and read it quickly during the weekend. I didn't find any swear words unless "stupid" is a swear word, however, I enjoyed the book. Wallace Wallace, the main character, is an 8th grade boy who is famous for making a saving touchdown for his football team. The team feels that he lets them down when he gets on detention for not completing a book review of the classic, "Old Shep, My Pal." He hates the book and won't lie about it. In fact, he NEVER lies. There are several themes in this book...friendship, jealousy, football, drama, family life, single-parent family, and, of course, books where the dog always dies! I would recommend it to any 7th or 8th grader who enjoys comedy.
Jordan
I thought that No More Dead Dogs by Gordan Korman was a good book but just not for my age group. I enjoyed it greatly at first with it's satirical look at how all award winning books with a dog in it has the dog die, but the humor afterwards wasn't that of subtlety. My type of comedy is that in which you think about it before it hits you, but in this book it was that trip-and-fall type humor you would see in fail videos on YouTube. Now the book isn't bad because it does have some hints of this s I thought that No More Dead Dogs by Gordan Korman was a good book but just not for my age group. I enjoyed it greatly at first with it's satirical look at how all award winning books with a dog in it has the dog die, but the humor afterwards wasn't that of subtlety. My type of comedy is that in which you think about it before it hits you, but in this book it was that trip-and-fall type humor you would see in fail videos on YouTube. Now the book isn't bad because it does have some hints of this subtle humor here and there and does have a cheerful mood/feeling in the atmosphere. This doesn't really add up to my age group like I said as it goes to 9-10 year olds, but this does not stop me from enjoying the book anyway, but does stop me from giving it 4.5/5-5/5 like I thought I would. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick read or those who doenjoy the book's type of humor.
Loyda Gonzalez
No More Dead dogs is a quirky and fun story. Wallace Wallace is a school football hero that writes a negative book report on his English teacher's favorite book: "Old Shep,my pal". His English teacher forces him to go to the rehearsals of the school play: "old Shep, my pal" as a form of detention until he changes his book report. The only thing Wallace changes however, is the play itself. He turns the previously boring and dull school play into a smashing musical that ultimately shows that not a No More Dead dogs is a quirky and fun story. Wallace Wallace is a school football hero that writes a negative book report on his English teacher's favorite book: "Old Shep,my pal". His English teacher forces him to go to the rehearsals of the school play: "old Shep, my pal" as a form of detention until he changes his book report. The only thing Wallace changes however, is the play itself. He turns the previously boring and dull school play into a smashing musical that ultimately shows that not all dogs have to die at the end! What i really liked about this book was how the point of views would change consistently. It was cool to see the same situations through the eyes of different characters. This way, we could see what each character was thinking. I also liked the little mystery in this book. Who has been sabotaging the play? Read the book to find out...
Maddie M.
Do you remember those books that you were assigned to read back in school that were supposed to be good, yet you absolutely loathed them? That’s one big problem for the main character here, in Gordon Korman’s “No More Dead Dogs”
Wallace Wallace, Bedford Middle school’s football star and kid who can’t lie, has to write a report for the book ,”Old Shep, My Pal” in language arts. It seems like a simple task but it turns out, Wallace hated the book and his language arts teacher, Mr.Fogelman, loved it Do you remember those books that you were assigned to read back in school that were supposed to be good, yet you absolutely loathed them? That’s one big problem for the main character here, in Gordon Korman’s “No More Dead Dogs”
Wallace Wallace, Bedford Middle school’s football star and kid who can’t lie, has to write a report for the book ,”Old Shep, My Pal” in language arts. It seems like a simple task but it turns out, Wallace hated the book and his language arts teacher, Mr.Fogelman, loved it. The unbreakable feud of opinions between student and teacher lands Wallace in detention,where he has to “properly” write his review.Ironically, the room in which Wallace has detention in was actually holding rehearsals for the play based off of “Old Shep, My Pal”.
This book is a can’t miss with it’s interesting cast of characters and its classic middle school setting.
Terry
This book is for every person who ever read dog stories and who quickly came to realize that the dog ALWAYS DIES at the end. The book tells the tale of an eighth grader who has come to that conclusion and of what happens when he is assigned a book report on another dog story. The main character Wallace Wallace never lies, yet always manages to tell the truth in a sarcastically, tactless, smart alecky way, which is a sure-fire way to ensure that trouble ensues. Korman does a great job with the in This book is for every person who ever read dog stories and who quickly came to realize that the dog ALWAYS DIES at the end. The book tells the tale of an eighth grader who has come to that conclusion and of what happens when he is assigned a book report on another dog story. The main character Wallace Wallace never lies, yet always manages to tell the truth in a sarcastically, tactless, smart alecky way, which is a sure-fire way to ensure that trouble ensues. Korman does a great job with the interactions and banter of the predominately middle school characters. Humor abounds and there are a couple good old ROFLing moments, with some well placed irony to boot.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever read a dog story or has ever tried to put together any production of any sort involving children.
Diane
Wallace Wallace, by a fluke, has become a hero at school by falling on a fumble in the end zone of last year's championship game. Never mind that it was his only play all year. Nevertheless, as the school year begins, he is revered, much to the dismay of his former best friend, Steve Cavanaugh (the true football player). But when Wallace refuses to write a book report about Old Shep, My Dog (another novel in which the dog dies at the end), he is sentenced to detention, which means no football. W Wallace Wallace, by a fluke, has become a hero at school by falling on a fumble in the end zone of last year's championship game. Never mind that it was his only play all year. Nevertheless, as the school year begins, he is revered, much to the dismay of his former best friend, Steve Cavanaugh (the true football player). But when Wallace refuses to write a book report about Old Shep, My Dog (another novel in which the dog dies at the end), he is sentenced to detention, which means no football. Worse still, he becomes involved in the drama club's production of Old Shep. He might as well, as that is where he's serving his detention. Then Wallace starts making suggestions on how to make the play better and suddenly there's a mechanical dog, roller blades, musical numbers - AND sabotage, as someone tries to ruin the play.
Paul Kelley
Lexile: 610

The book was ok it was kinda boring but my favorite part was when Walace got his teacher to go along with his idea to have the moped so they could do the dog getting ran over scene. The reason that I like this part is that the teachers reaction is funny when all of the kids loved the idea. I also liked the part when the kids did walaces yard work because it was hilarious that they would actualy help him paint his garage door.

The things I disliked was when everything was just really bo Lexile: 610

The book was ok it was kinda boring but my favorite part was when Walace got his teacher to go along with his idea to have the moped so they could do the dog getting ran over scene. The reason that I like this part is that the teachers reaction is funny when all of the kids loved the idea. I also liked the part when the kids did walaces yard work because it was hilarious that they would actualy help him paint his garage door.

The things I disliked was when everything was just really boring and was not engaging really at all other than the parts that were listed above. I found the whole letters to the famous actor thing extremely boring.

The people that I would recommend this to was people that don't get bored easily. and people that hate the dog dieting part of most classic books.
Gatorgal21
I don't care if you you're thirteen, twenty six, or fifty-five, I think you will love No More Dead Dogs. Maybe it's just me, but personally I consider one of the most hysterical books I've read. Gordon Korman has created masterpeice. And it doesn't matter if it is kind of short, and a bit on the fluffy side, it reminds you that not all books have to have epic battles, emotional death scenes or deeply tragic decisions that have to be made. Sometimes, it's really nice to just relax and laugh the h I don't care if you you're thirteen, twenty six, or fifty-five, I think you will love No More Dead Dogs. Maybe it's just me, but personally I consider one of the most hysterical books I've read. Gordon Korman has created masterpeice. And it doesn't matter if it is kind of short, and a bit on the fluffy side, it reminds you that not all books have to have epic battles, emotional death scenes or deeply tragic decisions that have to be made. Sometimes, it's really nice to just relax and laugh the hilarious metaphors and quirky characters in No More Dead Dogs. Its set in a Mid-school, but like I said, I think just about everyone will enjoy this book. If only to blow off a little steam after reading the deep dark and romantic novels we all seem to be reading more often then not.
Reviewed by Kathryn Taylor
Jake
I Thought this book was one of the best I have ever read. I liked it so much because it makes you think that you were one of the main characters. Speaking of them, the book is about Wallace Wallace, a high school football player, and how when he gets a detention for speaking his opinion on 'My Old Pal, Shep', a book his lit teacher, Mr. Fogelman, made him read. He then goes to detention. which is in the gymnasium where the school play, ironically based on that exact book, was being reharsed. Aft I Thought this book was one of the best I have ever read. I liked it so much because it makes you think that you were one of the main characters. Speaking of them, the book is about Wallace Wallace, a high school football player, and how when he gets a detention for speaking his opinion on 'My Old Pal, Shep', a book his lit teacher, Mr. Fogelman, made him read. He then goes to detention. which is in the gymnasium where the school play, ironically based on that exact book, was being reharsed. After many attempts failed to write it the way it should be, he starts to help the club out on how it should be. Later on in the book, someone attempts (...may succeed) to frame Wallace. This book is relateable for anyone who reads it. Also, I liked how it talked from 5 characters personal perspectives.
5/5*
Rachel
Enter Wallace Wallace, eighth grade football star and sick of reading sad books where the dog always dies at the end. Honesty is always his best policy. So when his English teacher asks him to write a review of the award-winning book, Old Shep: My Pal, Wallace does not think twice when he writes ‘Old Shep, My Pal’ is the most boring book I have ever read in my entire life. The most interesting part came on the last page where it said ‘The End.’ I would not recommend it to my worst enemy.’ I don’ Enter Wallace Wallace, eighth grade football star and sick of reading sad books where the dog always dies at the end. Honesty is always his best policy. So when his English teacher asks him to write a review of the award-winning book, Old Shep: My Pal, Wallace does not think twice when he writes ‘Old Shep, My Pal’ is the most boring book I have ever read in my entire life. The most interesting part came on the last page where it said ‘The End.’ I would not recommend it to my worst enemy.’ I don’t know about you, but I don’t know a teacher in the world who would be happy with this review. His punishment? To attend rehearsals for the school production of Old Shep, My Pal, until he can write a better review. Joy. And suddenly, that’s when Wallace Wallace finds himself turning the world’s worst book into the world’s greatest school play.
Ross Brown
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman is a good book. Even though it is a quick read it is funny. This book stars Wallace Wallace a middle school star football player getting a detention for being honest!? Didn't grown-ups always honesty is the best policy! Anyway he writes a bad book report about a bad book that is teacher loves. Just because his teacher loves it so much he gives Wallace a bad grade and detention. Wallace can't practice football or play the games. His team is starting to lose wit No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman is a good book. Even though it is a quick read it is funny. This book stars Wallace Wallace a middle school star football player getting a detention for being honest!? Didn't grown-ups always honesty is the best policy! Anyway he writes a bad book report about a bad book that is teacher loves. Just because his teacher loves it so much he gives Wallace a bad grade and detention. Wallace can't practice football or play the games. His team is starting to lose without him. The plot of the story is funny and relatable because I am in middle school. I gave it four starts not five because even though it is good the author could have written it better sometimes like he said that Wallace never lies even though Wallace says hes telling the truth he is just being mean. All in all good book, but needs better writing.
Ahmed Al-thani4
This book was all right- but i do not think it was very realistic. It was funny at some points but it seemed like a scripted play.

The first thing about this book that i did not like was Wallace Wallace- and how he supposedly lever told a lie. This is really unrealistic because he- even if he did not like to tell lies, he would have- as every one does- at least tried but gave it away by fidgeting or something. Another thing was the end- how would a fifth grader get a cherry bomb? It was a good bo This book was all right- but i do not think it was very realistic. It was funny at some points but it seemed like a scripted play.

The first thing about this book that i did not like was Wallace Wallace- and how he supposedly lever told a lie. This is really unrealistic because he- even if he did not like to tell lies, he would have- as every one does- at least tried but gave it away by fidgeting or something. Another thing was the end- how would a fifth grader get a cherry bomb? It was a good book nonetheless, but at least they could explain how the kid got a bomb.It also left on a type of cliffhanger, which is always bad for a book.

As I stated, this is a good book- however the author could have changed some things to make the book more realistic at times.

Cat Bryson
Light hearted journey through the heads of a few 7th and 8th grade characters trying to find their way through middle school. The story focuses on Wallace Wallace who was the star of the championship football game the year before, even though most of the season he spent on the bench. He cannot tell a lie, no matter what. He hates the book his teacher makes him read; which lands him in detention. This is where the story gets interesting because slowly he takes over the school play, based on the b Light hearted journey through the heads of a few 7th and 8th grade characters trying to find their way through middle school. The story focuses on Wallace Wallace who was the star of the championship football game the year before, even though most of the season he spent on the bench. He cannot tell a lie, no matter what. He hates the book his teacher makes him read; which lands him in detention. This is where the story gets interesting because slowly he takes over the school play, based on the book he hates. This story deals with many themes and challenges that middle school student's deal with everyday. Friendship, clicks, identity, young love, and realizing who you truly are. Great for 6-8th graders.
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