When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens 6/10/2014
Dylan Mint is 16 years-old and attends a special school since he has Tourette’s` syndrome. One day at the doctor’s, he hears his mom and the doctor talk about the inevitable that will occur in March. Dylan believes that the inevitable is actually his death. Being a teen, he creates a list – a short list – of what must be done before the inevitable. At the top of the list is to have “sexual intercourse with a girl” – hopefully Michelle Malloy. All manner of hilarity ensues as he and his best friend Amir work toward that goal – especially since they need to make sure no “wee baby Mint” is made in the process.
Brian Conaghan expertly portrays Dylan as a typical teen who thinks about sex all the time and who sticks up for his best friend. Of course when Mr. Dog comes out, the readers get a dose what Tourette’s can do to a person. In the midst of the laughter and struggles, Mr. Conaghan hits us with the profound – “that which does not kill us makes us stronger” and why does Amir’s skin color make people hate him – after all his skin has done nothing to hurt anyone? When Mr. Dog Bites will be enjoyed by all types of readers so get some for your library, or for your friends!