To Night Owl From Dogfish – Holly Goldberg-Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

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*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the authors and Amazon’s Vine Programme.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*


Night Owl 9780525553236Blurb:   Avery (Night Owl) is bookish, intense, likes to plan ahead, and is afraid of many things. Bett (Dogfish) is fearless, outgoing, and lives in the moment. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and their dads are dating each other.

Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same camp for the summer vacation. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends – and possibly, one day, even sisters.

Against all odds, the girls soon can’t imagine a life without each other. But when the worst happens, and their dads break up, Avery and Bett must figure out a way to get them to fall in love again. Is keeping a family together as easy as they think it is?

From two extraordinary authors comes this moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.



This book would make a great film!

Bett and Avery are very different personalities, with just one thing in common: their dads are in love.  The resulting odd-couple-forced-together shenanigans take a sudden turn when, just as the girls begin to appreciate their differences, their dads break up, leaving the pair of new friends desperate to get things back on course so they can become the family they had started to believe in.

Obviously this story is ideal for those experiencing some of the issues addressed: from blended/patchwork family situations; single parent households, same-sex partner parenting.  The authors deal with the ensuing challenges and benefits openly, showing that no family is ‘perfect’ but that what is important is holding on to the love, accepting our differences, and working on things together.

That is not to say that the book preaches!  It is very much a story, and the alternating voices of Avery and Bett through their letters, emails and texts keep the tone lively, yet intimate, as we experience events through their very different perspectives.  The characters are really realistic, with their own flaws and quirks that make them both annoying and endearing (just like real families!)

I really enjoyed this light-hearted but deeply touching story of unlikely friendships, love, and what it really means to be a family.  I recommend it for anyone middle-grade upward; especially those who already know that family is more than just genetics!



   I think people sometimes go crazy when they’re in love.  The chemistry in their bodies changes and they do dumb things.  Usually this is listening to the same song all the time, or having awkward names for each other.  But in this case it means forcing their daughters to go to the same camp and live in a pod together, which really would be a horrible situation that could end in tragedy.

– Holly Goldberg-Sloan & Meg Wolitzer, To Night Owl From Dogfish


For more from Holly Goldberg-Sloan and Meg Wolitzer, check out their respective links below:



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Holly Goldberg-Sloan:  WebsiteFacebookTwitter, Goodreads.


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Meg Wolitzer:  WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram, Goodreads.



To Night Owl From Dogfish is available on Amazon right now!


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