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No More Dead Dogs

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  5,998 ratings  ·  647 reviews
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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Mike Puma

”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

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Yael
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
Jessica
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
Katie
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Monique
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
Nicole
No More Dead Dogs was an interesting novel to say the least. Wallace Wallace was a little frustrating to read about, because of the whole "never tell a lie" thing. There were moments when you wanted to scream at him to just write the damn book report the way Mr. Fogelman wanted just so we wouldn't have to hear anymore about Mr. Fogelman.

I liked this book because it was somewhat relatable to me. This is manly because of Mr. Fogelman. I had a teacher in middle school when I was probably around the
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Antof9
Oct 26, 2011 Antof9 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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."


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Drew
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
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Sarah BT
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
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Amberdenise Puckett
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Anne
Mar 22, 2012 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
Anne Zemba
Humor

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
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Erica
Jan 24, 2008 Erica rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Seojin P
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
Lily
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
Marsha
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
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Chris Teague
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Demetrios
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
Linnae
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
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Dustin Meyer
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.
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 ...more
Julie
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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 ...more
Brandy
Wallace Wallace made the season-winning touchdown last year, and since then the whole town knows he's the star football player. Wallace insists that he isn't--he sat on the bench all season and caught the pass almost by accident, but nobody cares about that. His honesty gets him in trouble--he's in detention because he won't write a positive review of a book he hated, so now he has to sit in on the drama club's rehearsals for the play based on this ridiculous book. Wallace starts making suggesti ...more
Jperez
its awesome! i really loved it,its about a seventh grader that is caught in dettention because he hates a book called:"old shep,my pal.' so he writes a bad review about it,he gets on dettention and drama club is doing a play about the same book. theres when it all starts.
Ahmed Al-thani4
Eighth grade football hero Wallace will not tell a lie. So when called upon to do a book report on Old Shep, My Pal, yet another book featuring a dog that ultimately dies, he candidly tells his teacher how much he hated the book. As a result, his teacher, who happens to be directing the play version of the book, makes Wallace attend play rehearsals with the hope of changing his opinion. The whole school is upset that their football hero is forced to do time with the Drama Club rather than be out ...more
Troy
it is a very good book it is about a boy named wallace wallace and he gets in alot of trouble for not doing his book report the right way.he starts to direct a play of a book he had to do a book report on and someone keeps vandalizing it and wallace is blamed.
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!
Kay Evans
Hello Reader,

No More Dead Dogs is a great book... I don't know how to explain it... Ok here's a start.

I love the play for "Old Shep, My Pal" and how Wallace changed the entire thing. It made me want to laugh out loud, and seriously, I mean out loud...

It surprised me so much that Dylan was behind all the pranks on "Old Shep, My Pal"... Anyone else feel the sameway? It kinda made me hate him a little bit. Not completely mind you.

The way I feel about some characters:

Wallace Wallace? I'm empatheti
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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.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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