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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781455809110
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Fourteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer Finn is hoping for a job where he doesn’t have to talk to anyone except his buddy, Matthew. Then he meets Johanna, who’s living next door. She’s a graduate student in her twenties, cool and funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan thinks she’s great too. Johanna’s dealing with breast cancer, and Matthew and Finn help take care of her — and come to care for her. When she hires Finn to create a garden, his efforts backfire comically. But Johanna, and working in the garden, help Finn discover his hidden talent for connecting with people. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 2/11/2014

    " Call me biased by Gary Paulsen is one of those authors that I feel can do little wrong. I knew I would love the book before I even started it, and it didn't disappoint. I suppose the reason why I couldn't rate it five stars is the choppiness of the main themes of the book. Gardening + breast cancer + teenage boy = good story? It almost feels like Paulsen drew three random topics out of a hat and was dared to weave them together. Paulsen did a pretty great job of it, but it still felt a little unnatural in a way that I can't put my finger on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Fricker | 2/8/2014

    " Love this story! Finn is a young boy who needs a self-esteem boost and Johanna does just that! At 24 she moves next door. She has breast cancer and is fighting for her life with chemotherapy. Although what she is facing is mentally and physically painful she keeps a positive attitude on life. I wish we could all be a little more like Johanna. Faces many themes including: character development, death, cancer, friends, relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonah D. | 1/30/2014

    " Imagine a very shy person whose whole summer plan is not be social and not to talk to anyone unless he absolutely has to. Then his life changes when he meets one new person who changes him forever. I thought that Notes From the Dog was a great well thought out book. It had a lot of great and interesting ideas. It was cool to see how one person can effect someone so much even after they are gone. The plot made it very easy to see the evolution of all the charecters they all found their inner self it this great realistic book. In all it was a great, interesting, and inspiring book. The book started when the main character, Finn was just on the stairs to his house when he meets a college student named Johanna who has breast cancer they become amazing friends and later raise money and do a triathlon for breast cancer. in all i would give it two tail wags. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 1/22/2014

    " I think this book was trying to do too many things at once. The "notes from the dog" was such a small part of the story (in my view) that I don't think the title is really appropriate. The characters were very 2D, which I can forgive for being such a small book. Still, this book was just ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eden | 1/18/2014

    " Loved the book, different from what is his normal routine, more insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 1/13/2014

    " I'm not a Gary Paulsen fan but this book was recommended to me by a trusted source. You know who you are. It was pretty good. Really, I'd give it a 3.5. It had some good content and was very readable. Not very gripping to me, but a decent story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 12/8/2013

    " My 7th grade boys loved it, but it is a bit cheesy and predictable. I think it would be better for 5th or 6th graders, as there is not a ton of things to notice beyond the basic plot points. Paulsen continues to appeal to those boys! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 12/6/2013

    " great book dealing with light adolescent troubles "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lotte | 11/29/2013

    " 3 1/2 stars. The strength of this book may be its brevity and spare emotion. Somewhat implausible in scope and action, it still stirs applause for the actions of its young protagonists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Ferrante (Tittaferrante) | 11/26/2013

    " Paulsen knows how to pull us into a story and care deeply about the characters. A moving story about two middle grade boys, best friends, who connect with a young woman fighting breast cancer. The characters are sweet and the situation poignant. Suitable for grade 6-9. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 9/14/2013

    " The characters were heart-warming and mostly realistic, and the storytelling was masterful. This was not what I expected from the author of boy-stuck-alone-in-the-wilderness books. It was suburban, and bled with kindness and affection toward the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 9/8/2013

    " Quick read - two high school friends make friends with new, adult neighbor who is recovering from Breast cancer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 8/8/2013

    " What an incredible story. Finn, the narrator, is a likable character with a heart of gold. This story is something different for the Gary Paulsen fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Hibbitts | 7/31/2013

    " AMAZING book! Loved it!. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. J | 7/15/2012

    " This is a heartwarming story about a dog, a kid, and cancer. I read it in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyce | 4/4/2012

    " 2011-2012 Young Adult Golden Sower Nominee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Bogart | 3/2/2012

    " I want to read the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/14/2012

    " What a great story of discovery. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.