15 November 2014

When Mr. Dog Bites; Brian Conaghan

When Mr. Dog BitesWhen Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Difficult to read: the language and the cultural references occasionally were distancing (example? do most American readers know who Dot Cotton is?). Still, thanks to watching EastEnders for years, PBS and BBCA I got most of them. The language, on the other hand... this is not for people easily offended by swear words.

Despite that, or perhaps because of it, I could easily see why USBBY honored the book. Dylan's life as someone with Tourette's, his relationships with his mother and friends, and his school experience were so realistic and well-drawn that you'd swear that you knew someone like him in real life. There's nothing magic here, nothing completely uplifting, no nice neat ending - just like real life.

Copy provided by publisher.

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