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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Life is getting way too tricky for eleven-year-old Madison. Her stepdad, who she knows as Henry, has way too many systems around the house since her Mom died. To top it off, Madison and her new friend Cooper have become the “school project” of a bully named Donald. And all she really wants is a dog to call her own, but all she gets is the parental-brush-off. What is a stra ...more
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 158 pages
Published August 31st 2014 by Legacy Media Press (first published July 21st 2012)
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Annie Crawford
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a book for middle-graders, or even for older readers (much older, in my case! : ), Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog has it all: well-developed characters, plenty of humor, a story line by turns suspenseful and touching, a timely and extremely relevant social theme, and a protagonist you can’t help but love: eleven-year-old Madison Morgan.

At the beginning of the book, Madison is a quirky tween, so well-drawn you feel you know her. She’s caught in that scary place where she realizes she’s no long
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a mom of 3 girls 8,12, and almost 15, I decided to read this to the two youngest and see how it resonated with them as its geared to the 8-12 age group. The girls like the characters and loved how she spoke with all the hash tags and rolling of the eyes.( I get that a lot here myself) My 12 year old is at that stage as well, most of her friends are boy crazy, and she is just content to play basketball and play on the Wii so this story was easily relatable to her. My kids are huge animal lover ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly enchanting and containing such profound inner meaning, this delightful children’s book is a must-read!

‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated’ – Mahatma Ghandi

Not only is this a fun read which whisks you off on the most thrilling adventure, but it also contains such deep poignancy and clarity on the subject of animal welfare and pet ownership. Since owning dogs from a young age I have learnt how animals are a great responsibilit
Chris Meads
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book for all animal lovers.

It starts out that Madison wants a dog but her step dad was hesitant. So when she started middle school, the class got computers and started a blog. The same time, her step dad brought home a dog, Lilly, for Madison to take care of (to foster). At first she rejects the dog but then falls in love with Lilly.

At school, Madison decides to do fostering dogs for her blog. The teacher pairs her up with Cooper, a shy boy. Between the two of them, they go
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as Goodreads First Reads giveaway. Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog is geared towards nine to twelve year old's but I must admit that as an almost 34 year old I found it quite interesting and informative. It was a quick read, which I was glad for, since I was not able to put it down! I would even venture to say that it was a bit of a page turner!

Madison Morgan, the protagonist, is not your typical female heroine – she isn't into boys or fashion or makeup and she most certainly
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this book expecting to like the book, but not to be blown away. Boy was I wrong.

From the very first few pages I fell in love with Torres' writing style. She wrote in a way that made me genuinely feel like I was in an eleven-year-old girl's head. Her writing flowed seamlessly and sucked me into the story from the very f
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun Chapter Book for older elementary age children.
Madison is beginning sixth grade in Middle School. She is not
very excited about it and decides she just wants to appear
invisible. Her best friend, Paige, is excited to start Middle
School. She has gotten interested in fashion and boys...boring.
They have been friends since first grade. Now Madison hardly
recognizes Paige with this new attitude and interests.
Then there is Henry, her step-dad. He also feels she should be
excited to be"growi
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Madison Morgan wants a dog. When her step-dad, Henry, brought home a little dog named Lilly for them to foster, Madison wasn't exactly happy. Lilly wasn't the kind of dog she would have picked and Madison is angry with her step-dad for not talking to her about it. Madison soon starts to like their little foster dog. One of Madison's middle-school projects is to make a blog and, she and her partner, Cooper (Madison's friend), decide to do it on dogs. Madison learns a lot about dogs and fostering, ...more
Karen Toz
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When eleven-year-old Madison Morgan’s sixth-grade teacher told her class they were all to start their own blogs for a class project, Madison knew exactly what she wanted to write about – dogs! Madison had always loved dogs, a trait she inherited from her Mom who passed away a few years earlier.

More than anything else, Madison wanted a dog of her own. Her Dad, Henry, still needed some convincing, but eventually he gave in, and brought home a dog for Madison to foster, named Lily. Tiny and shy, Li
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4, childrens, kindle, to-review
Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog by Pam Torres

4.5 Stars

When eleven-year-old Madison Morgan’s class have to create a blog for a school project, Madison’s love of dogs and a TV programme give her the perfect idea for its content. Deciding to talk about puppy farms, where dogs kept in horrendous conditions are forced to breed for money, little did she know that there was one such place very close to home.

This is a lovely story where Madison becomes friends with a less fortunate boy named Cooper, and
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway directly from the author. This was a fun read. I was interested to see the format and subject discussion for middle school age children (I have grandchildren in this age group).
Comments on book: ie: advise to middle school readers....
1. NEVER lie to your parents!
2. Do NOT skip school without parental permission!
3. DO find a worthy cause to be passionate about!
Middle school aged children are an excellent age to educate and help to explore
Malia Haberman
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madison Morgan is a cute, likeable heroine who wants a dog more than anything, so she sets out to convince her dad that she is responsible enough for one. Though, along the way she does do some irresponsible things. When her blog about dogs leads to a stunning revelation that could destroy a friendship, she knows she still needs to step up and do the right thing.

Although it tackles a tough, heartbreaking subject, I would say this is a fun, interesting, sometimes sad, MG book for all the dog love
Birdie Reader
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 4.5 for sure. This is an amazing book that turned me from someone who is scared of dogs into someone who feels more confident around these animals I now find amazing.

I have a full review on my blog:
Jennifer johnson
I absolutely loved this book. It was an easy read and very heart-warming. You will fall in love with the 11 year old that is Madison Morgan. This would be a great read for a child who just moved to a new school or any child who is interested in saving animals!
Pam Torres
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Madison is a character that you'll love. I loved writing her story and learned so much about dogs and what they need. She has a great sense of humor and learns that "staying invisible" isn't an option when you're standing up for something.
Dina Coutu
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, kiddo
very cute story
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so pleased to see that there are other adults who enjoy this book. Everyone needs a lighthearted, good-for-the-soul book once in a while. This feels that niche. I am also going to pass it on to my niece in California. She will be 2 years old the next time I get there but her parents want to keep her interested in books as well as blogs etc. They began collecting books from before she was born for the years when she can read. Wonderful idea. How smart are they!
I am giving it four stars consi
Pam Torres
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: middle-grade
This is the second edition. New cover, new title...same great story. Here is what others have said about it:

"The characters were well-rounded with interesting quirks and personalities that brighten the whole story. I would recommend this book to others from ages twelve plus for its winding plot." —Sacramento Book Review

"Madison is a great character: She's likable and realistic, and readers are likely to relate to her difficulties finding her place in a new world. It's clear that Madison has alwa
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in a Goodreads contest. I entered the contest because the book had to do with dogs and I love dogs. I also was interested to read this book because I hope one day to be able to write books for the same audience.

I loved this book. The story was well planned and executed. The characters were well defined and interesting. Each chapter opened the curtain wider to reveal the story. I also loved the illustrations. This book dealt with difficult subjects and did it well. The young reade
Courtney Whisenant
This was an amazing story of an 11 year old girl and her passion for dogs. I love that this book, written for middle grade children, addresses the important topic of animal rescue and foster care for dogs. The story was heart warming and entertaining while also educating on a relevant issue. Highly recommended for all dog lovers!
Debbie Morgan
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
What a cute little book! Dog lovers, bully's and those being bullied, and even kids who have lost a parent will feel connected to it. A lesson in a very enjoyable little read. I read Pam's second book through Netgalley and had to go find this one too. Thanks Pam!
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Pam Torres was born in Logan, Utah and spent most of her childhood in Prairie Village, Kansas. Besides playing Dorothy during tornado weather and digging Peter Pan-like underground forts she also played piano and ran cross-country. 

She started her family early and had five energetic and creative children. She has fond memories of reading to and playing with her children in between hefty amounts of
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