Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog – Volume 1 By Pam Torres

Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog – Volume 1

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+.

I give “When Dogs Blog” four out of five bookworms.

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.

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29 replies

  1. The title admittedly threw me for a moment but having read this review, it is very fitting. Thanks for sharing about this.

  2. Sounds like a good one. My dog blogged for a brief time, but he decided napping was more fun.

  3. Nice to know part of the sales will go to animal charities. Sounds like a satisfying read. Enjoyed hearing your thoughts . . . ruff ruff!

  4. Rats! This sounds like a good book, and all, but I was hoping it was a book about ME!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake the Blogging Dog

  5. You had me at “Cooper.” What a great name for a character. (It’s the name of my oldest). 🙂

  6. I confess, I’m not crazy about the cover, Erik, but I love what the story is about. Great to have a kids book exposing the horrors of puppy mills.

  7. I’m not fond of the cover, but it looks like it incorporates the “rescue theme.” Liked the story and think it is a great one for kids. Such an important issue.

  8. Erik: Thanks fo much for the awesome review. I really appreciate your very kind words.
    Thanks for everyone for stopping by and checking out Madison!

  9. I love dogs and stories about them, and this one sounds like a good one. When I saw the title, I thought it was going to be like Cupcake – a dog that blogged!

  10. What a cool book! I have a rescue dog (all 9 of my dogs have been rescues) so I love the premise. Thank you so much for sharing this, Erik.

  11. Another great review. And you seem to be the master of finding books with wonderful causes, too!

  12. The title looks very intriguing, Erik. I have a feeling thst this would be a fast favorite among dog lovers and bibliophiles. 🙂

  13. I don’t know how I missed this, or why I didn’t comment. I like the themes of the book. I like that she talks about puppy mills, fostering dogs, and falling in love with the foster dog. Many people do this today and then give up the dog to an adoptive home only to take in another foster dog. These people are Godsends to dog rescues. I would be the one falling in love but it would be heartbreaking giving the dog up. I’d probably adopt so many dogs if I tried to do fostering–so I can’t do this.

    But I love the book and will definitely be putting this on my to get list. The cover is kind of odd, I do agree with you Erik. Is Madison rescuing the dog or is the dog rescuing Madison–maybe it is a good cover. Many times I have heard adoptive parents say that the dog rescued them when they rescued the dog by adopting it. That is the strange but nice thing about rescue dogs and cats.

    Nice review Erik. I love the books you choose to review. Or do the books choose you? 🙂


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