Life is getting tricky for eleven-year-old Madison Morgan. She’s not interested in boys, fashion, or the latest gossip, unlike her best friend Paige. Since her mom died, her stepdad, who she knows as Henry, has way too many complicated systems around the house but way too little to say about her mom’s death. And to top it off, in her first year of middle school, 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 this straight-talking, spunky middle grader going to do?
Kids from ages nine to twelve years old are sure to get a laugh from every page of Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog, the middle grade novel by author Pam Torres that charts the sometimes tough, frequently funny days of the wise-cracking, dog-loving Madison. As she faces the challenges of starting Hawthorne Middle School, Madison also bumps into a few life lessons along the way. And, as she learns more about her unique gifts, she discovers the importance of making hard choices and accepting her important role in the world around her.
When her dad arrives home with a foster dog, a scrawny brown terrier named Lilly, Madison is amazed to find she has an ability to understand dogs, their emotions, and often their pasts. In fact, she is so connected with animals, especially those that are in need of being rescued, that she decides to start her own blog about it. However, this rare ability also leads her to uncover some extremely harmful activities that are happening right in her very own neighborhood. If she exposes the culprits behind them, she may risk losing Cooper. Will Madison come up with a new plan of action that could save hundreds of endangered, severely mistreated dogs?
As Madison struggles to feel normal and to understand her ability to translate dog-speak, this coming-of-age story shares how one quirky young girl saves the day with the help of her father and their friend Netta at the Second Chance Dog Shelter. Frank, funny, and full of adventure, Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog is a must for any middle grader, who is certain to be enthralled by this dog blogger.
About the Author
I’m a teacher, a mom and a grandma besides a writer.
when did I become an author?
I always knew that someday I would be a writer. From the time I was very young I remember smelling the pages, running my fingers over the covers and imagining what magic lay inside.
how did I do it?
Reading didn’t come easy to me but later we learned that I was bored with easy readers and began imagining my own stories. Later, I’d write them down, add pictures and try to sell them to my brothers.
I wrote and wrote and wrote some more. And finally I had something I wanted to share. Somedays I write all day with very short breaks. Other days I read more than I write. Both are very important to keep me growing as a writer.
when I’m not writing…
I’m playing Uno, swords and hide and seek with my grandsons.
I’m talking to my only granddaughter about baseball, friends and school.
I’m learning Yoga.
I’m imagining a new character or story.
I’m working in my garden.
I’m walking trails with my husband.
Project Madison Website and Madison’s Blog: madisonmorgan11.com
Personal Blog: soimfifty.blogspot.com