Notes from the Dog by Gary Paulsen

For his 14th summer, Finn is determined to give his brain a rest from people. He plans to sit on his front

steps and read a pile of books. Life has a way of changing your plans. When his dog arrives with a note,

“You’re not as ugly as you think,” the change begins. As Finn opens himself to risk and change, he builds

a family for himself. The last note from the dog, “Family is who you find.” sums up this sweet book


Lexile 760

Grades:  5-8

Date finished:   3-22-15

Source:  personal copy

Read harder:  book by a male author, YA

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