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No More Dead Dogs is a novel by Gordon Korman. It's about an eighth-grade football player, Wallace Wallace, who refuses to tell a lie. So when he is asked by his teacher, Mr. Fogelman, to review "Old Shep, My Pal", he gives it a scathing review. Mr. Fogelman gives him an incomplete and holds him in detention until it's completed. Wallace is forced to attend rehearsals for the stage version of "Old Shep, My Pal".However, Wallace is something of a celebrity due to having accidentally scored the winning touchdown in last year's championship game. He and Mr. Fogelman undergo the community's pressure to get Wallace back onto the bench. This is complicated by the fact that Wallace begins to like going to rehearsal, and even suggests improvements to the script. Also, someone appears to be sabotaging the play, and Wallace is the main suspect...Admittedly a rather formulaic young-adult novel, it is livened up by quirky characters, an interesting plot, and a good dose of Genre Savvy.
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