To Night Owl From Dogfish

To Night Owl From Dogfish

Book - 2019
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Unhappy about being sent to the same summer camp after their fathers start dating, Bett and Avery, eleven, eventually begin scheming to get the couple back together after a break-up. Told entirely through emails.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dial Books for Young Readers & Dutton Children's Books, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525553236
0525553231
Branch Call Number: Ju F Slo
Additional Contributors: Wolitzer, Meg - Author

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mjwiggins
May 29, 2019

An extremely charming contemporary epistolary twist on "The Parent Trap," with hilarious, believable kid-voices and a great message about found families.

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snailgem
May 04, 2019

LOVED IT! So ... addictive, I had trouble putting it down, and couldn't wait to get back to it. I didn't think I would even get thru it, because of the "epistolary" format, which I don't normally like, but WRONG. It was so engrossing, it pulled me in almost immediately, and kept me enthralled to the end. And the overall message about family,... well, the authors say it so much better than I could ever hope to say it.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Apr 28, 2019

I think epistolary novels are tricky, because when they're done well, they're so fun, and when they're done poorly, they're so annoying. This one, fortunately, was done well! It's about two girls whose dads have started dating and therefore send the girls to summer camp so that they can become friends; I started the book expecting the plot to take a certain direction, and it instead took a sharp left turn about midway through, and I think the book is better for it. It's a story about the various meanings of family and love, and it's also a really fast, fun read.

Tigard_HollyCP Mar 02, 2019

Sweet book about two girls who live across the country from each other thrown together through no choice or desire of their own, because their dads may be getting married. But when their dads decide they aren't right for each other, the girls just can't accept that. They go to great lengths to try to bring them back together with unexpected and unintended results. The one weakness in my opinion was the entire premise on which the book (including even the title) is built: the letter format used. In my opinion, the authors tried a little too hard to make the story work within the epistolary format. I think the story would have been stronger if they had just told it straight out rather than trying to fit the story-telling into the confines of letters and emails.

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...One of us is wise like an owl + stays up late observing things. And the other one is fierce like a shark + is always on the move. Maybe it seems like we have nothing in common, but that isn't true. Together, we cover land + sky + sea. Together, we are a team.

...families are made from people who want to be together more than they want to be apart

What animates my soul is having a friend like you.

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