By Pam Torres
166 pages – ages 9+ (kindle edition reviewed)
Published by Legacy Media Press on July 21, 2012
Madison Morgan wants a dog. When her step-dad, Henry, brought home a little dog named Lilly for them to foster, Madison wasn’t exactly happy. Lilly wasn’t the kind of dog she would have picked and Madison is angry with her step-dad for not talking to her about it. Madison soon starts to like their little foster dog. One of Madison’s middle-school projects is to make a blog and, she and her partner, Cooper (Madison’s friend), decide to do it on dogs. Madison learns a lot about dogs and fostering, and soon she and Cooper discover a puppy mill (a horrible place for puppies that is illegal) in their neighborhood!
This book has a strong message about abusing dogs. It also has a good story about a middle-school kid. Madison was one of those characters who I’d like as a friend. She wasn’t set on how she looked, but was just a nice person. She had to deal with just starting middle school in the book. She gets bullied a bit and feels kind of awkward. Cooper also has a secret he is hiding and Madison is a good friend to him and helps him deal with it. I like the major plot of the book, about Lily and Madison growing to love each other. The story really kept me reading and interested. I liked Henry, Madison’s step-dad. The book said he came into her life when she was three and had become her guardian when her mom died. I wasn’t sure if her mom was a single mom or did she get a divorce or her husband died. The cover is kind of creepy-cool. I like the colors. I recommend it to kids 9+.
Ms. Torres donates part of the sales of each book to animal charities. To learn more about Ms. Torres and Madison Morgan, please visit the official Madison Morgan Website by clicking HERE.