Maxi’s Secret (Or, What You Can Learn From a Dog)

Maxi’s Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn From a Dog)

By Lynn Plourde

New York: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016.

Genre: Realistic     Fiction Grades: 5-7      Pages 262

 

This is a wonderful heartwarming story about a very short boy, his neighbor who is 5141frzcthlblind and his dog who is deaf.  Timminy, the short boy is bullied at his new school, his neighbor Abby is confident and a confidant and Maxi; is the adorable and loveable puppy. Like many of my readers, I hate sad dog books and this book opens with, “Let’s get this part over with—it’s no secret. My dog, Maxi dies.” I am not sure that really prepares me for when it happens in the book (it did not because I sobbed for a couple of minutes) but I knew the lessons like–#51 “Best friends are forever friends. They make you laugh and cry and laugh some more—even the ones who have moved on.”–would definitely make this story touch my heart and it did!

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