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No More Dead Dogs

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  7,014 Ratings  ·  783 Reviews
3 cassettes in clamshell case
Published 2001 by Recorded Books (first published September 1st 2000)
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Loretta Farnsworth My grandmother taught it to her middle school English class. It's about a kid named Wallace who plays on his high school football team. His English…moreMy grandmother taught it to her middle school English class. It's about a kid named Wallace who plays on his high school football team. His English teacher is obsessed with this book called Old Shep, My Pal, and gets mad when Wallace writes a book report about how much Wallace dislikes Old Shep, My Pal (in Wallace's opinion, it's just another book about a dog dying--like Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows, and so on). The teacher calls the book report insubordination and gets the principle to suspend Wallace from the football team. The teacher also forces Wallace to participate in the school play. However, Wallace convinces the other students to change the play because the book Old Shep, My Pal makes for a rather boring play. It's a clean and light-hearted book--I saw the other response to your question and I think that he must have confused this book with another. No one owns a dog named Hero in this book.(less)
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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
Feb 02, 2008 Yael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
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
Katie
Feb 26, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Gina
Oct 12, 2011 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers sick of the dead dog phenomenon, humor lovers
This one never fails to crack me up (read: in my case, smile). While there is no actual dog, the cover art and the title/message of the book more than makes up for that deficiency. It's a funny little romp with crazy, enjoyable characters and a truly surprising twist. I'm sure I'll never get tired of it!
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
Dahminick Murison
i really like this book my favorite part was when Wallace Wallace saved the play spoiler alert._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ...more
Antof9
Oct 25, 2011 Antof9 rated it really liked it  ·  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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Ailsa
Sep 10, 2016 Ailsa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

No More Dead Dogs is a unique story starring a football player that’s as honest as anything, a serious seventh-grade actress, and a play. Wallace Wallace, the football hero of Bedford, is not allowed on the team after he writes a terrible report on the book Old Shep, My Pal. He has nowhere to go during detention, so he works with the play, shelling out ideas and practically takes it over. Will he rewrite his unpleasing review to return to his team, or give it up for the play?

Unlike Wallace, I
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Kenny Behl
Feb 09, 2017 Kenny Behl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer
Jan 21, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You’re about to read an honest review of a book about a kid who wrote an honest review of a book. Hmm … and then promptly got himself into trouble for it.
No plays or detention for me though. Just some insight will do nicely, thank you.

How would your life be if you never told a lie? I’d be willing to bet, it could get pretty interesting!? And that’s how this little piece of fiction starts …

The author wastes no time in introducing you to his protagonist and all of this kid’s honest observations(i
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Amberdenise Puckett
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Sarah BT
Dec 30, 2009 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Ryan S.
Aug 31, 2016 Ryan S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book "NO More Dead Dogs" by Gordan Korman was very funny and relatable. I thought it was very creative how they the book was told from multiple points of views. The only other book i read that was like that was a book called The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. The book was told in the perspective of four different characters,Mr. Fogelman, Wallace Wallace, Trudi Davis, and Rachel Turner. In the book Wallace Wallace a football star for the high school team is forced to write an ess ...more
Drew
Mar 09, 2011 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Rachel Moran
I read ‘No More Dead Dogs’ this quarter by Gordon Korman.My reading habits were hard to overcome just because I am not used to reading.The thing I found most interesting was that Wallace started out more of a jock but as the story plot continued. Wallace seemed to enjoy giving his blunt and straight forward comments/changes he felt that were needed which in some situations were very needed.One of Wallace’s classmates in the play thinks that Wallace is seeking revenge on Mr.Fogelman because of al ...more
Seo Jin 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
Anne
Mar 19, 2012 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Charles
Jan 26, 2016 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Erica
Jan 24, 2008 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Sara
Aug 07, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reliable-recs
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.

I really like Gordon Korman. He's funny and a little snarky, and his characters are just this side of too smart (like most of the real teens I've known) and a little frustrated about it, and trying very hard to navigate the tumult and strife of their lives without unnecessarily making everything harder. Anyway this is a little funny and a little clever and I l
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Dustin Meyer
May 12, 2013 Dustin Meyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Julie
Jul 22, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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.
Jarl Balgruuf
Sep 28, 2015 Jarl Balgruuf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. The plot is fairly simple, but it's hilarious. I laughed throughout the entire book. The characters are great, the writing is great, the storyline is great. I flipping loved this book. I haven't read a funny book that I really enjoyed in a long time. This one was spot on.

Highly recommended!
Quinn Brandon
Nov 13, 2015 Quinn Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I thought it was funny and had great characters. I liked the idea about him writing a bad review of a book and getting in trouble. I liked how Wallace spends his detention in drama club. I recommend Gordon Korman to almost anyone. He is a great author and I like his books. I recommend this book to anyone who likes humor. It is very entertaining.
Jperez
Jan 19, 2010 Jperez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Georgia
Feb 18, 2012 Georgia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dogs, korman
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!
Troy
Sep 06, 2013 Troy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Delaney
Nov 27, 2013 Delaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim
Sep 21, 2011 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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