HOW I, NICKY FLYNN, FINALLY GET A LIFE (AND A DOG) by Art Corriveau

HOW I, NICKY FLYNN, FINALLY GET A LIFE (AND A DOG)

Age Range: 9 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Reeling from his parents’ separation, his move from a comfortable suburban home and perennially postponed visits with his father, almost-12-year-old Nicky Flynn begins a log to record his mother’s “lying” when she brings home a former seeing-eye dog to share their tiny apartment in Charlestown, near Boston. Instead, he ends up chronicling his own growing acceptance of his new situation and love for the dog, Reggie. Through his investigation of Reggie’s background, he comes to recognize how he’s shut his eyes to what had been going on around him and also what it would be like to be truly blind. There’s a lot going on in this story: making new friends, adjusting to school and family changes, dealing with flawed parents, even the training of guide dogs. Corriveau weaves in interesting information about Boston’s Freedom Trail and provides significant suspense when Nicky and Reggie actually run away. Nicky’s first-person narration tends to make light of his own anger-management issues, but readers will applaud when he comes to recognize and control them. An appealing boy-and-dog story. (Fiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8298-7
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2010




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