No More Dead Dogs
Gordon Korman
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No More Dead Dogs

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Published 2001 by Recorded Books (first published September 1st 2000)
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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
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Nicole Green
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...more
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."

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...more
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...more
Amberdenise Puckett
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Anne Zemba

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...more
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
Jan 24, 2008 Erica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...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...more
Chris Teague
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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
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...more
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...more
i thought the book no more dead dogs by Gordon Korman was a really good book it was a good book because it started off really good in some parts it was really funny but then some other parts were really sad
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...more
I just finished this book. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. You won't believe what happens at the end. I would tell you but I don't want to ruin it.
Marybeth Taylor
Hilarious book too, I've read it like five times since the first reading!
This book is a very funny book so if you want to read a hilarious book, then "No More Dead Dogs" is a book I have in mind. One of the main characters' name is Wallace Wallace (his first and last name believe it or not) will not tell a lie. He was known as the star football hero that scored the winning touchdown for Bedford's dis strict champion. Everyone says so but he doesn't think so since he is actually the team's benchwarmer. He is supposed to write a book review on "Old Shep My Pal" but he...more
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.

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 S...more
Pat F.
I liked this one better than The Chocolate War. First, although the hero, Wallace Wallace, starts out being a bit of a jerk, he evolves over the course of the story and learns a thing or two about friendship and belonging. Second, the atmosphere was a lot lighter--bad things still happen, but the setting isn't as claustrophobic and Gothic as in TCW. Third, even though I know it was a bit hokey, I liked the device of having Rachel write to Julia Roberts for advice, as "a fellow actress." I like t...more
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...more
Probably only a 2 (or maybe 2.5) from me, but my 13yo son loved it and the 10yo wanted to know if there were "more books in this series" because he wanted to learn more about the characters. This is the same child who didn't want me to read it at first, but was willing to give it a try for a chapter or two.

I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy it. I guess it's realistic in that everyone is slightly annoying and doesn't quite understand each other. The chapters in this book alternate between the point...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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