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No More Dead Dogs

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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 directi ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published August 19th 2002 by Disney-Hyperion (first published September 1st 2000)
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Loretta Farnsworth My grandmother taught it to her middle school English class. It's about a kid named Wallace who plays on his high school football team. His English…moreMy grandmother taught it to her middle school English class. It's about a kid named Wallace who plays on his high school football team. His English teacher is obsessed with this book called Old Shep, My Pal, and gets mad when Wallace writes a book report about how much Wallace dislikes Old Shep, My Pal (in Wallace's opinion, it's just another book about a dog dying--like Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and so on). The teacher calls the book report insubordination and gets the principle to suspend Wallace from the football team. The teacher also forces Wallace to participate in the school play. However, Wallace convinces the other students to change the play because the book Old Shep, My Pal makes for a rather boring play. It's a clean and light-hearted book--I saw the other response to your question and I think that he must have confused this book with another. No one owns a dog named Hero in this book.(less)
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Mike Puma
Jan 15, 2015 Mike Puma rated it really liked it

”I wasn’t surprised,” I said. “I knew Old Shep was going to die before I started page one.”

”Don’t be ridiculous,“ the teacher snapped. “How?”

I shrugged. “Because the dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down.”

And from there, the woes of Wallace Wallace spiral ever downward. Now Wallace Wallace (WW going forward and not to be confused with Humbert Humbert, who had his own obsessive behaviors) is one co

Feb 02, 2008 Yael rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
I'd give it four stars, but it really irks me how the main character doesn't seem to actually learn anything, aside from the fact that his football friends aren't necessarily the nicest people. I mean, I like the premise of the book (boy hates book, writes scathing review, teacher is angry), but the fact is that the teacher had a point. If he had written an intelligent review, where he had explained why he didn't like the book, the teacher would have been fine. It was his simple dismissal of the ...more
Feb 27, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing
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Jul 14, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit, contemporary, own
A cute middle grade book that pretty much sums up how we all feel about books with dogs on the cover: The dog will die, and therefore the book sucks. Though classic dead dog books like OLD YELLER and WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS are mentioned, the book within the book is fake, allowing Korman and his main character, Wallace Wallace, to rip it to shreds without offending fans of a real book, which makes sense because fans and their obsessions are an even bigger part of this book then OLD SHEP, MY PAL ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Gina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dog lovers sick of the dead dog phenomenon, humor lovers
This one never fails to crack me up (read: in my case, smile). While there is no actual dog, the cover art and the title/message of the book more than makes up for that deficiency. It's a funny little romp with crazy, enjoyable characters and a truly surprising twist. I'm sure I'll never get tired of it!
Oct 22, 2010 Monique rated it liked it
wallace is a football player and he writes an engish paper about a book that he read but he didnt like it o he got in trouble and got kicked off the football team. rachel writes to julia roberts. since wallace got kicked off the team has lost 3 games in a row. wallace kind of takes over the play and he changes it so that the people are on roller blades. wallace got a band to play callled the dead mangos. mr. fogelman let him off detention so he can play football. then walllace gets band from the ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Antof9 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jen
Recommended to Antof9 by: @daisycakes
I really, really, really loved this book. I recently complained about dog books on Twitter -- I really hate them because the dog ALWAYS dies in them -- and a friend suggested this one. Why? Because
"I wasn't surprised," I said. "I knew Old Shep was going to die before I started page one."

"Don't be ridiculous," the teacher snapped. "How?"

I shrugged. "Because the dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down."

Seojin P
Jul 11, 2015 Seojin P rated it it was amazing
This book is about a boy named Wallace Wallace, with his first and last name being the same. He is the best football player in his school and wins every match for his team. But one day, when he was asked to write a book report about a book named 'Old Shep, My pal', Wallace wrote bad comments about the book because he thought the characters were unrealistic, and mostly because hated the fact that the dogs in all stories all have to die. When he refuses to write the report again, his english teach ...more
Jan 26, 2016 Charles rated it really liked it
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Mar 09, 2011 Drew rated it liked it
Rating: ***
I don’t know that much about Gordon Korman, the author of No More Dead Dogs. I think he did pretty well, but it was slow moving. I believe he could have made it more interesting by either making it have more action or making it shorter. This would mean it has less dead time. By “dead time” I mean the characters just babbling about random stuff.

I think the book was a little bit boring, but it had some interesting parts. I strongly disliked the fact that it changed the perspective from
Sarah BT
Dec 30, 2009 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book I read for children's lit! Gordon Korman has a great sense of humor and even though some of the plot may be a little unrealistic, it's still a lot of fun and the characters are relateable. Told in multiple view points from various characters, Gordon Korman combines sports, theater and a little bit of mystery into a must read book for midle schoolers. I think readers will get a kick out of the story and there's something for everyone.

Wallace was an accidental hero in w
Amberdenise Puckett
Dec 24, 2008 Amberdenise Puckett rated it did not like it
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Mar 22, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
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No More Dead Dogs takes place during the school football season. Wallace Wallace cannot tell a lie. When he has to write a book report on Old Shep, My Pal he writes how awful the book is. It happens to be his teacher’s favorite book. He is given detention until he can write a better book review. During detention he has to sit and watch rehearsals for the play Old Shep, My Pal that his teacher is directing. Because of the detention, Wallace is not permitted to play football. Oddly
Quinn Brandon
Nov 13, 2015 Quinn Brandon rated it really liked it
I liked this book. I thought it was funny and had great characters. I liked the idea about him writing a bad review of a book and getting in trouble. I liked how Wallace spends his detention in drama club. I recommend Gordon Korman to almost anyone. He is a great author and I like his books. I recommend this book to anyone who likes humor. It is very entertaining.
Jarl Balgruuf
Sep 30, 2015 Jarl Balgruuf rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. The plot is fairly simple, but it's hilarious. I laughed throughout the entire book. The characters are great, the writing is great, the storyline is great. I flipping loved this book. I haven't read a funny book that I really enjoyed in a long time. This one was spot on.

Highly recommended!
Jan 24, 2008 Erica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries or funny books
Recommended to Erica by: My sister
This book is really good and really funny! It is about a boy named Wallice Wallice (or how ever you spell his name)who never tells a lie. Never! He gets detention for refusing to do a book report. For his detention he gets suspended from football to help with the school play which so happens to be doing the
book that he refused to do a report on. But things go bad and everyone thinks its Wallice doing them. Will the real culprit be cougt? Will Wallice get back on the team? Will he ever write tha
Max Whitney
May 20, 2016 Max Whitney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-bookshelf
Wallace Wallace, the 8th grade football star does not want to tell a lie. He hates Old Shep, My Pal a book which he recently read in class, in which another dog dies. Wallace notices this, and tells his teacher how all classics that he’s forced to read that involve a dog end tragically, when either the dog disappears, or dies. Wallace, obviously doesn’t like this book either, but his teacher wants to change his mind. By forcing Wallace to join the play of Old Shep, My Pal, the teacher hopes to t ...more
Oct 22, 2015 Ben rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Miranda rated it liked it
Wallace Wallace refuses to tell a lie. When his teacher gives him detention for writing his scathing, albeit truthful, review of the book Old Shep, My Pal, he has to decide whether to stand by his convictions or give in and write the review the teacher is looking for. His football team is counting on him to get out of detention and back to practice - they are even willing to write a review for him. However, his stint in detention, spent at play practice for the newly cast play based on the same ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Lily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, entertaining, mystery
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 ...more
A protagonist with the unlikely name of Wallace Wallace is bound to be something different. This one certainly is. He’s decided that he’s never going to say anything but the truth. As you can imagine, this puts him in trouble with a lot of the people around him. It’s a wonder he has any friends. But he’s a sports hero and, as any American knows, we’re willing to forgive our misbehaving manchildren a great deal if they’re fantastic on the field.

The story itself provides a few mild diversions as W
Chris Teague
Apr 15, 2014 Chris Teague rated it liked it
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Mar 10, 2014 Demetrios rated it really liked it
I chose this book at the public library when I was looking for a short story. This book looked intriguing so I picked it. It is about an accidental football star named Wallace Wallace who never tells a lie. He is known for his straight talk, but that lands him in trouble when he rights an honest review about a newer American classic called Old Shep, My Pal. His English teacher officially kicks him off the football team, disappointing the entire town. Instead, Wallace needs to stay at the after s ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Linnae rated it liked it
Wallace Wallace is a high school kid who insists on telling the absolute truth, no matter what. Even if it hurts someone’s feelings—he once told his ex-piano-teacher that her fingernails reminded him of velociraptor claws. Even if it gets him detention (and causes him to be yanked off the high school football team), as in the case of his book review on Old Shep, My Pal, a story about a faithful dog who dies in the end.
As part of Wallace’s detention, he is forced to watch the rehearsals for th
Dustin Meyer
May 12, 2013 Dustin Meyer rated it it was amazing
Whenever there is a dog in a book, it always dies. Well, that is Wallace Wallace's opinion. But also the truth. You see, he always tells the truth...ALWAYS. But will his honesty and attitude mix into a terrible duo? According to the same teacher who KEEPS asingning him attentions, yes. Wallace has to write a " good" review of "Old Shep, My Pal". But with his honesty, how can he write a good review on a bad book? He'll just have to alter the truth if he ever wants to get out of detention.
Jul 24, 2014 Gemmicka rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jul 22, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I had to literally force myself through every page of this book. I just did not care for it; I only read it because I had heard other English teachers talk about how great it was and how much kids love it. Well, maybe they do, but I sure didn't. While I of course love one of the angles, about why the dog always has to die in classic literature, that turned out to be a very minute part of the book and the rest of it did not hold my interest in the least.
Sebastian Cabrera
Jun 13, 2015 Sebastian Cabrera rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
The Book, “No More Dead Dogs”, is a book written by Gordon Korman. This Book was published on October 1st, 2002. The Genres for this book would be Comedy, and a little bit of Drama. Wallace Wallace is a school football here that has been suspended from the team because he will not write a book review. The review was for the book Old Shep, My Pal. And to be honest he hated every single page of it. “Why does every dog in every classic novel have to croak at the end?’’ As a punishment the teacher, ...more
Lauren Brink
Feb 03, 2015 Lauren Brink rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Jordan rated it liked it
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 ...more
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

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