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Notes from the Dog

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,273 ratings  ·  298 reviews
“Sometimes having company is not all it’s cracked up to be.” Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer he’s hoping for a job where he doesn’t have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door. She’s 10 years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan loves her, too. Johanna’s d ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sylvia
Dari judulnya saya pikir buku ini bakal berisi cerita 'ajaib' tentang anjing yang bisa nulis dan memberikan catatan kepada majikannya. Dan memang awalnya kesan itu yang saya dapat. Tapi ternyata? Hehe.. no spoiler :p

Buku ini bercerita tentang seorang penderita kanker yang datang untuk menempati sebuah rumah yang ditinggal penghuninya yang pergi keluar negeri selama musim panas. Istilahnya house-sitting. Jadi rumah itu dia tempati selama yang punya rumah pergi. Ide bagus juga ya? Secara rumah kal
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Kat O'B
As a middle school librarian, I don't have to "sell" Paulsen, so I just had not taken the time to read this book before now. However, this is not the typical outdoor adventure story so often associated with Paulsen. Rather, the main character, Finn, is a socially-awkward 14 yo boy who, along with his one close friend, gets involved in the life of a girl in her twenties with breat cancer who moves in next door. I loved this book! It has a little humor, a little teen awkwardness, a little serious, ...more
Sesana
It's been ages since I've read a book that made me laugh out loud, frequently. It felt good, and I'm looking forward to getting to read another like it. But this isn't just a funny book. There's a lot more going on here.

Finn is a socially awkward loner, but that's not really the focus of the story. The focus is on Finn's new neighbor, Johanna. Johanna is 24, outgoing, lively, and she quickly befriends Finn and takes him under her wing. She also has breast cancer. (Let me just point out that this
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Nico
14 year old Finn plans to have a quiet summer. But when he meets Johanna, a 20 year old graduate who moves in next door, things change. Johanna is currently undergoing chemotherapy, and Finn always tries to cheer her up. When Johanna decides to hire Finn to plant a garden, Finn immediately takes the offer. Johanna decides to run in the triathlon and she needs to raise money. Finn and his friend Matthew go and stop by construction sites and nursery homes to find money for Johanna. Finn then disc ...more
Andrew
Most definitely I'm not the target age group for this book. I found it when I was on a shopping spree at a local bookstore and yep, I liked the cover and the first line of the book. I had no idea it was a mid-school-targeted book. If I had started it earlier in the day it would have been a one-sitting read. But it deals with issues like family, shyness, and indeed cancer, with compassion and a bit of bittersweetness - plus it has a lovable dog. I didn't fall into the book as I'm oft to do with b ...more
Christine

I picked up my daughter from school last month, and as she got into the car, I noticed her eyes were red. I asked her what happened and if she was alright, and then she exclaimed, " Mom! You HAVE to read ' Notes From The Dog ', it is now on my top five favorite books!" I really didn't want to, as I had a lot of books on my "to read" list; Then I started browsing her copy and got sucked in.... This is a must read for you and your kids. If you have boys, I highly recommend it, as it is written in
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Arminzerella
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Eva Leger
4.5 - I picked this up on a whim while strolling in the library the other day. I was looking through the "new" YA books and this caught my eye. I had no idea what the title was about because other than a few non-descriptive blurbs (which I hardly ever take at face value anyway) there was nothing to tell me anything about the story. But I took it out anyway. I guess I liked the cover.
I ended up being surprised by the book. It's a very fast read. Very fast. Like, a one sitting type deal.
The main
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Robbie
Fourteen-year-old Finn Duffy has plans for this summer: reading books, hanging with his friend Matthew, and talking to as few people as possible. Those plans go out the window when Johanna moves in next door. Johanna, a twenty-something woman, is housesitting for the summer, and also has breast cancer; she hires Finn to plant a garden in his yard and teaches him some lessons about life in the process.

This is what I like to call a “happy cancer book”, that is, it has cancer in it, but it deals wi
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Lori
Apr 10, 2010 Lori rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
It's hard to find a 12 year old who has not read Hatchet. However, I find that those same kids have not heard of the books I especially enjoyed from Gary Paulsen, like Harris and Me and Cookcamp and now I can add this title. The story is about a boy who wants nothing to do with other people, because he is a miserable failure at relationships of almost any kind. He meets a woman who has cancer, and things begin to change. She is one of those characters we all wish were real people. She sees somet ...more
Karen Ball
Finn is 14 and feels like a total oddball. He lives with his dad, his dog Dylan, and his best friend Matthew, who's moved in while his parents are busy getting divorced. Finn hates talking to people, because he always feels like he's saying the wrong things, so he's hoping for a summer job where he doesn't have to talk to ANYONE. Johanna, a graduate student who talks to Finn as an equal, arrives next door to house-sit for the neighbors for the summer, and she hires him to create a garden for her ...more
Wendy
A timely story for Breast Cancer Awareness Month - a very quick read you can finish in one or two sittings. It's about an awkward, nerdy teen who is befriended by a 20 something college student battling breast cancer. She enlists the boy to help her with various projects (i.e. planting a garden, fund raising for her cancer benefit run, etc.) The service he renders plus her friendship and the bits of wisdom she shares via notes she has the boy's dog deliver end up having a big impact on the boy. ...more
TheSaint
Feb 21, 2014 TheSaint rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
"Books make me feel safe. Books make me feel normal." Well, that about sums up my relationship with them; yes, even ebooks!. Thank you, Gary Paulsen, for expressing that through Finn Duffy.

Finn is planning to spend his summer reading and avoiding most everyone except his dad, his grandpa and his close friends. Then Johanna shows up next door and changes his world. Who would have thought that Finn could be enticed to give up his beautiful summer plans in order to dig a big garden? He doesn't do i
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Jean
This is not your Hatchet-wilderness-adventure Paulsen kind of book. It does have a garden and poison ivy. A quick read and a poignant story. I really liked it.

Favorite quote:
It's not that I don't like people, but they make me uncomfortable. I feel like an alien dropped onto a strange planet and that I always have to be on the lookout for clues and cues on how to act and what to say. It's exhausting...
Kel
May 01, 2014 Kel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens, people with heart, cancer-affected people
I read this book in an afternoon (it's only 132 pages) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Finn is fourteen, has one friend, one parent, one grandparent, and his goal for the summer holidays is to speak to only fourteen people, and read an enormous amount of books. Then a bald woman moves in next door, his dog starts giving him notes, and somehow Finn's making a garden in his yard...

'Notes from the Dog' is a deft handling of cancer through the eyes of a fourteen year old wallflower. The cancer doesn't ta
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Ryk Stanton
I neither liked nor disliked this book. It was too brief to really develop the characters well, more like a novella than a book. But as a novella, it tried to be a novel and was just too underdeveloped. I respect Paulsen as an author, but this didn't seem like a serious effort from him. It's a story about two boys who befriend a woman with cancer ... and that's pretty much what it's about. I guess reading the back that it's supposed to show a Coming of Age story, but there just wasn't enough gro ...more
Cheryl
Actually, the title was only a tiny bit relevant, in fact it was almost an annoying sub-plot. Other than that, I really don't know what to say. It was a fun book, even though one of the main characters has cancer. I totally identified with 14 year old Finn, who knows that 'books are safe' and looks forward to summer vacation so he can 'turtle up.' Very quick read.
Lotte
3 1/2 stars. The strength of this book may be its brevity and spare emotion. Somewhat implausible in scope and action, it still stirs applause for the actions of its young protagonists.
Heidi Landry Phelps
What I’ve noticed about the Gary Paulsen books that I’ve read recently is that he opens with his protagonist telling us something, or some things, personable about himself. Paulsen uses the first half of the first chapter to introduce the main character. We get to know him a bit before Paulsen moves into scene. Paulsen’s openings are like a fire that starts in the fireplace. The flame starts licking a log and then another and another. We sit down and absorb the warmth, and pretty soon, we’re toa ...more
Christian
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Brandi Boersma
The sound of Johanna hitting the ground as she fell resonated through his ears during the summer of adventures of a boy named Finn, a young, shy, and socially-awkward schoolboy who begins to find himself. Finn and his friend Matthew make a plan to have a lazy, self-loving summer. Finn had always lived his life introverted, too content to make new friends. Then Johanna becomes the boys’ newfound friend and neighbor. Johanna hired Finn to plant a garden, treated the boys as equals although she was ...more
Mike
Hi readers,
I read this book calledNotes From The Dog by Gary Paulson. This is a great book.This story takes place at Finn's house, Finn's garden, and the city park concert. The time of the day is at night time. The setting looks like a park with a rock band on a stage and there is lots of people, and there is a ice cream place. You can hear the rock music and hear crickets. You can smell ice cream, the green grass, and smell the damp air. You can see the rock band, other people, the grass, and t
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Eric
Feb 07, 2011 Eric added it
This book is called Notes from the Dog, by Gary Paulsen. This book has 144 pages. This book is about a fifteen year old boy named Finn, he’s a very shy boy who doesn’t like to talk to people in fear that he will slip up and everybody will laugh at him. Finn plans to get a job during the summer where he doesn’t have to talk to anyone except for his best friend Matthew (who is very outgoing). But all that changes when a 25 year old girl named Johanna moves in next door, she’s pretty, funny, cool, ...more
Terri
The front cover for this book carries a quote from the "New York Times" calling Gary Paulsen one of the most beloved writers of our time. I love Gary Paulsen for giving me this book! It is not the typical fare one would associate with Paulsen. This is the second Paulsen book that I have read recently that is not typical for him. "Notes from the Dog" is a warm, touching, humorous piece of realistic fiction. aimed at a middle school, early high school audience.

The Biblical quote that begins the bo
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Katy
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Josh
Notes From The Dog

By Josh Tsai




What if you see a dog that is finding clues? What will you do? Will you do something? Or would you ignore it?


The story is about Dylan the dog. Dylan is the main character and his owner is Matthew. Matthew doesn’t appear in this book a lot, but Dylan appears in the book a lot. Dylan is very good at finding clues. He is smart and he likes his owner Matthew. It starts out with they don’t know each other and they meet each other, and then they know each other.


There
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Alyssa Child
REQUIRED AUTHOR - GARY PAULSEN

This book talks about a loner named Finn who is brought out of his shell through his friend Matthew, his dog Dylan, and most especially, his neighbor named Johanna. Johanna forces Finn to get outside and work in a garden, befriends him, helps him learn how to talk to girls, and helps him to become a part of the community. At the beginning of the summer, Finn was going to try to talk to as few people as possible, which is thrown out the window when he finds out that
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Deborah Piasecki
This is one of my favorite books because I can relate to the story and the message it relays. My own mother passed away of breast cancer and so I feel a connection to Joanna and what she is enduring. I like the characters; Finn and Matthew who befriend Joanna and especially Finn's dog, Dylan. They all become an odd little family which Finn did not realizing he was missing in his life until Joanna gave him one. There were a few things that were a bit unrealistic; Joanna training to compete in a t ...more
Kay Mcgriff
Are you looking for a book that’s short, funny and by an immensely popular author? Gary Paulsen delivers all that and more in Notes from the Dog (Wendy Lamb Books 2009). I was expecting a fun read when I opened this book, but what I got was so much more.

Finn just wants to spend the summer alone, with no one to talk to but his dad, best friend Matthew, and his dog Dylan. That plan gets thrown out the window–or is it garden–when Johanna moves in next door. She hires Finn to create a garden for her
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C.C. Thomas
I had just about given up on Gary Paulsen when this book came along. Before this book, I would have said that all Paulsen's books fell into these three categories: survival/adventure, historical fiction and humor. Now I can add a new Paulsen category-Just Darn Good.

This book is so tender, so touching, so very thoughtfully written about a very tough topic, breast cancer. But, it is written in a way that is very accessible to young adults and very empowering with a topic that makes most people fee
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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