Lynn Plourde

kids book author ~ teaching author

Maxi’s Secrets
(or, what you can learn from a dog)

by Lynn Plourde
Illustrated by Maira Kalman (cover art)
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 2016

To be honest, I never dreamed of getting a dog. Maxi was a bribe from my parents.

Timminy is moving to a new town and going to a new school for grades 5-8, where he’s the shortest kid at the school and where his dad is the new assistant principal. No wonder his parents get him a dog as a “bribe!” But Timminy and his parents get more than they bargain for. Their new Great Pyrenees puppy Maxi (short for Maxine) is large, lively, and lovable, but also DEAF. While Timminy is busy feeling sorry for himself after getting teased at school and shoved into lockers, Maxi and their next door neighbor Abby who’s blind show Timminy that you don’t have to be just like everyone else to “fit in.” But will Timminy learn that lesson along with all the other secrets to life Maxi tries to teach him?

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