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Doggirl by Robin Brande
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Jul 02, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: animals, dogs, kids-middle-grade, school-stories, young-adult

High school freshman Riley Case is a girl who relates to animals much more easily than she does to people. She has a special affinity for animals and spends as much of her time training her three dogs to do new tricks as she can. But with people she just can't seem to fit in. She's afraid of rejection, especially after a torturously bad experience at her previous school, and prefers to blend into the background and keep her distance. Things slowly start changing when Riley accepts an opportunity to help out with a school play and train her clever dogs to perform in it.

It's a heartwarming story, filled with wonderful, likable characters. I loved everything about this book: Riley herself, who gradually learns that she can relax, laugh and be herself without fear of rejection; the kids in the drama group, especially Nate; Riley's three amazing dogs, Fig, Jack and Heidi; the perfect pacing of the story as a whole; and the intelligent, natural dialogue. Though it's targeted toward older middle-graders and younger teens, this is a book that will be enjoyed by animal (especially dog) lovers of all ages, and anyone who has ever felt different from the crowd.
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