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To Night Owl from Dogfish

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  100 reviews
From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.

Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Dial Books
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Hannah Greendale
An epistolary retelling of The Parent Trap with modern flair. Adventurous Bett Devlin and overcautious Avery Bloom have no interest in being friends, but their dads have fallen in love and are sending them to the same summer camp to get to know one another. Bett and Avery reluctantly unite to keep their dads apart and, before long, their exchanges glimmer with the first inklings of friendship.

A humorous and heartwarming tale of sisterhood, adventure, and finding family in unexpected places.
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Sally Stieglitz
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer is a delight! Entirely through emails and letters (those proto-email communications), the reader is introduced two tween girls, Bett Devlin from California, a sporty animal loving free spirit, and Avery Bloom, a nerdy and neurotic New Yorker, when their impetuous gay dads decide, after a whirlwind romance, to send the girls to summer camp together to foster a sisterly bond between them. Bett and Avery want no part of this insta-f ...more
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
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4.5 stars rounded up

Total Parent Trap vibes, but obviously not the exact storyline. If you are a fan of the original movie you will start singing “Let’s Get Togetheryeah, yeah, yeah 🎶 to yourself quite often, or at least I did. 😉

Bett and Avery’s Dads are dating - to their shock and dismay. To get them to bond, the dads are sending them off to summer camp. Boy are they unhappy; they are the complete opposites with nothing in common and do not want to be forced to be friends, wors
Books on Stereo
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A charming, endearing tale of the meaning of family and friendship.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I heard this book once described as, a modern parent trap and that’s really what it is! A fun, YA read that will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Chance Lee
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This epistolary novel from two authors I've never read before tells the story of two young girls, Avery and Bett, who reluctantly become friends and are then put into a situation where they have to fight for that friendship.

From reading the blurb, I expected the whole book to take place at summer camp, but the plot moves much more quickly than I thought it would and takes many surprising turns. Even though the story is primarily told through the girls' point-of-view, we get many richly detailed
Emily Grace Dusin
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I went into this book without high expectations, and I was definitely blown away. This is such a light hearted happy book about friendship and family- and what those words can mean. I laughed a bunch. I enjoyed reading about how the main characters Avery and Bett grow and change over the course of the book. I definitely recommend reading this book when it is released, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this book before it comes out.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Apr 14, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
this is literally Parent Trap–with-gay-dads and I don't tend to read MG but come on. 
Raquel Sandoval
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was too cute and I just love it so much
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I desperately wanted to read this book for several reasons:

1. I am a HUGE fan of Wolitzer's work. I have read, and adored, many of her adult and YA books.
2. There is just something about camp books that delights me.
3. I love epistolary novels.
4. There is a Parent Trap like storyline in there, and that's a film I will always love.

Well, I am happy to report, that the above mentioned things contributed to a wonderful reading experience, but there was so much more to this novel
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just adored To Night Owl from Dogfish! This story, told in emails & letters, has a beautiful message about friendship & what it means to be a family. Bett & Avery’s mission to get their dads together will make you LOL & warm your heart. ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, children, fiction, middle
Thanks to the publisher for the sneak preview copy. Fun middle-grade fiction about found families. The girls are smart, funny, neurotic, and brave.
Affectionate, warm, authentic.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya
Really, really charming.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a funny and heartfelt story told exclusively through letters and emails between two tween girls. Avery Bloom and Bett Devlin live on opposite sides of the country and are polar opposites in personality. However, when their single dads fall in love, they begin a relationship at first via emails and then in person. This is a wonderful story that captures the essence of friendship and family.
Neha Thakkar
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: litreviewcrew
Loved this middle grade novel written in emails and letters. Funny and well developed characters, gay dads and happy kids. Each daughter is smart in her own way, and the 2 learn and grow together. I received an ARC from Barbara’s Bookstore, all thoughts are my own.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are so many wonderful things to say about this modern day, epistolary novel. Where to start? the characters sucked me in--the feisty, anti-rule Bett and Avery, the overly aware intellectual who reads so much that the world is a scary place, a place which one should avoid. Both are twelve going on thirteen and are at the age of dipping their toes into the pond of independence from their single, gay dads. One of Avery's great fears is water, so even dipping a toe into that pond makes her rea ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-2019, kid-s
THE cutest book ever! The characters are charming but not overly simple. The entire story had me on the edge of my seat with every page turned.

This book will be great for reluctant readers since the format of letters back and forth are pretty short most times. When the letters get longer and more emotionally involved, the reader should be able to appreciate that as well.

As an adult, I felt the writing wasn’t too childish. There have certainly been other authors I’ve read who over simplify the
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not going to be able to properly review this book without spoiling some aspects of the story. Jesus, this book was frustrating. First off, let me just explain my experience a bit. I'm a lot like Avery in the way I have a hard time with people and making friends. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the internet generation so, through my childhood, I had experience with chat rooms and forums. To this day, one of my closest friends, is someone I have only ever communicated with from afar. I'm ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
When Marlow Devlin and Sam Bloom fell in love, they have two problems - it's a bi-coastal relationship and they both have daughters who believe they are number one in the lives of their dads. So while the first blush of romance is still strong, they decide to send their daughters to the same sleepaway camp while they travel through China by motorcycle. Their hope is that the girls will get to know and like each other, maybe even consider themselves sisters someday. Camp was supposed to be a surp ...more
Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
"To Nightowl from Dogfish"
Written by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
Review written by Diana Iozzia / Bookworm Banter

I received a free advanced reader's edition copy of this book to collaborate with Penguin Kids to write a review and create a Spotify playlist.

"To Nightowl from Dogfish" is a sweet and endearing middle grade fiction, surrounding two characters named Avery Bloom and Bett Devlin. The girls begin communicating via e-mail and continue through the entire story in letter and e-mail
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
just like lindsay lohan in The Parent Trap, avery bloom and bett devlin knocked this right out of the park. i watched the aforementioned movie last night, and it reminded me of how the scenes that touched on hallie parker and annie james (twins who couldn't be more different from each other), namely their relationship with each other and their parents, have always been the highlight of that movie (whereas elizabeth and nick getting together is a neat bonus). likewise, the absolutely touching con ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lynne
Charming, delightful, and fun novel told entirely through emails and letters. Brash and independent Bett Devlin (Dogfish) and bookish, anxiety-ridden Avery Bloom (Night Owl) start corresponding when their fathers begin dating. Initially, the preteens have absolutely no desire for their fathers to continue their relationship much less for the two of them to ever meet. But when the men embark on a motorcycle adventure across China the girls are sent to CIGI, a summer camp for "inquisitive tweens a ...more
Helen Marquis
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Told entirely in emails, 'To Night Owl from Dogfish' centers around two teenage girls - the outdoors-y fearless surfer girl Bett and the more introverted, anxious bookworm Avery - who are brought together when their Dads start dating.
The entire arc of their relationship is covered in this book - from their initial contacts when they discover they are being forced into a friendship by being sent to camp together, vowing to not be friends ever as neither of them wants their respective Dad to be in
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fic, on-audio
I really liked this book. Yes it had some leaps and plot points that would not likely happen in the real world. But you know what? I don’t care because I loved Bett & Avery, and their unexpected friendship. I liked the audio as well.
Jen Petro-Roy
An adorable, fast read.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aimee Bratt
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California, the Netherlands, Istanbul, Washington, DC, and Oregon (where she graduated from high school). She wrote the screenplay for Angels in the Outfield and directed The Big Green, as well as a number of other successful family feature films.

The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband (the writer