Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Welcome to Dog Beach, by Lisa Greenwald

Welcome to Dog BeachSummary:  Eleven-year-old Remy loves the traditions of Sea Gate, the island where her family spends every summer vacation, but after her grandmother and a special dog die, and her relationship with best friends changes, Remy takes comfort in the company of the Dog Beach–where she hatches a plan to bring her friends closer and recapture the Sea Gate magic.


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One thought on “Welcome to Dog Beach, by Lisa Greenwald

  1. This book is a typical summer story about three friends going through changes both with their lives and with their relationships with each other. The main character Remy’s dog just died and she’s feeling really sad. Remy’s neighbor asks her to babysit her son, and the neighbor also happens to have a dog called Marilyn Monroe. Eventually, Remy and her friends Micayla and Bennett start a dog-sitting business on Dog Beach.
    I thought the characters were the weakest part of this book. They were inconsistent and their personalities changed a lot. For example, Bennett starts the book really relaxed, then he suddenly becomes stressed out about upcoming sixth grade, and then he forgets all about that and is back to being easy-going. Also, Remy was originally just supposed to babysit her neighbor’s son, but when she decides to start dog-sitting pretty much all the dogs on the island they’re staying on, she completely forgets about her neighbor’s son. Then, when her neighbor (Marilyn Monroe’s owner) asks if Remy can watch her son, Remy, narrating, says that she doesn’t understand why her neighbor thinks she’s her personal babysitter, when in reality that was Remy’s job in the first place.
    The best part of this book was the setting. Seagate Island and Dog Beach were all described well, and I could picture most everything on the island.
    I would recommend this book to fifth- and sixth-graders, but I don’t think it’s Mock Newbery worthy.

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