To Night Owl From Dogfish

Written by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

I really enjoy stories written through letters, and this book did not disappoint. The description reminded me a lot of The Parent Trap, but this story was a lot more complex and more about the girls’ relationship. I find that sometimes reluctant readers enjoy a different format that does not get as descriptive with the settings, etc., so this may be a good recommendation for good readers who generally stick to shorter books.

Review by Jessica Riggs, Media Clerk, Robert Frost Elementary Library
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-6

Avery Bloom, who’s bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who’s fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.

When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends–and possibly, one day, even sisters.

But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can’t imagine life without each other, will Bett and Avery (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?

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To Night Owl From Dogfish
Written by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
Dial Books for Young Readers & Dutton Children’s Books
297 pages
ISBN: 9780525553236
Release Date: February 12, 2019
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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