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Movie for Dogs


Movie for Dogs

Twelve-year-old Andi Walker loves dogs, and she loves to write. She is an accomplished writer, a poet and an editor of The Bow-Wow News. Andi should be thrilled to learn that her novel, BOBBI STRIKES BACK, comes in second in a novel-writing contest. But instead she’s depressed. It’s not so much because of her disappointment at not winning the top prize (well, maybe that’s it just a little), but mostly because of who won first place --- Jerry Gordon.

The novel-writing contest is sponsored by Pet Lovers Press, and 14-year-old Jerry Gordon, who lives next door to Andi’s Aunt Alice, is not only not a good writer, he is also cruel to animals. In fact, he has been so cruel to his dog that the Walkers have adopted Red Rover, the Irish setter that Jerry tortured so much it ran away.

To help Andi get over her disappointment, her brother Bruce asks Aunt Alice, a skilled former private investigator, for help. After searching the Internet for another contest where Andi can submit her novel, Bruce and Aunt Alice discover the “Star Burst Studios’ Dogs in Action Video Contest.” According to the guidelines, the top three videos will be aired on national TV, and the winners will be determined by viewer vote.

At first, Andi balks at entering the contest. She doesn’t want to change her novel into a video because “nothing is better than a book.” After Bruce convinces her that dogs cannot read books, but they can watch videos, she relents and rewrites her novel into a script, which she calls Bobby the Basset. Starring an age-enhanced Red Rover and based on Aunt Alice, it shows how old dogs can be smarter and braver than young ones.

To get the project rolling, Bruce enlists the assistance of some friends, including Tim Kelly, Debbie Austin, Aunt Alice, and lots of canine pals. Of course, nothing goes as planned. Aunt Alice fights her allergies to dogs, and the ever-annoying Jerry Gordon does his best to interrupt the video shoots. With the contest deadline looming, director and cameraman Bruce scrambles to edit the video at school. While rushing to finish the edits, he meets Kristi Fernald, a talented and pretty student with similar interests and a very special pet.

This third installment in award-winning author Lois Duncan’s popular series follows NEWS FOR DOGS and the classic HOTEL FOR DOGS, which was made into a movie. Duncan has another winner with MOVIE FOR DOGS, a charming and entertaining book about teamwork, cooperation and honesty. It is also a story about treating people and pets of all ages with dignity and respect. The book’s important message --- that winners never cheat and cheaters never win --- is one that will resonate with readers of all ages.

Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt on June 1, 2011

Movie for Dogs
by Lois Duncan

  • Publication Date: June 1, 2011
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0545109310
  • ISBN-13: 9780545109314