Archive | August, 2016

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger

26 Aug

By Joseph Monninger

Publisher Houghton Mifflin, New York
Publication Date: 2015

A whipporwill is a small brown bird that calls all night but is very hard to see.  According to the book, a whipporwill is also a person who loads their yards with rusting cars and broken equipment.

16 year old Claire sees the dog Wally chained up in the neighbor’s yard like another piece of rusting junk.  Like any real teenager, it’s hard to get involved.  Ignoring the dog is more than she stand and chooses not to look the other way.  She checks out a book and studies about how to train the dog.  And all Wally wants is someone to notice him.

Danny lives with father in the house owning Wally.  At first, he seems to torment Wally.  Still he can’t stand that look on Claire’s face.  Slowly Danny and Claire get to know each other and to know Wally.  But life is hard for Danny.  And Wally may be just another way to hurt someone.  Something has to give.

Recommended: Grades 7 & up