To Night Owl, From Dogfish

Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan

To Night Owl, From Dogfish
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To Night Owl, From Dogfish

Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan

Told almost entirely through emails, this is the exuberant, funny story of two girls who try to get their gay fathers back together. It’s a novel about the true meaning of family, written by two exceptional and beloved authors.

Avery Bloom is anxious and academic and afraid of the water. Bett Devlin is brash and athletic and loves to surf. The only things they seem to have in common are their age - twelve - and the fact that their dads have fallen in love with each other. Now their dads are sending them to the same sleepaway camp, against their will, so that they can become friends.

But when the girls reluctantly grow to like each other and start looking forward to becoming a family, their dads fall out of love. Can Avery and Bett figure out a way to bring their fathers back together now that they can’t imagine a life without a stepsister?

Review

To Night Owl from Dogfish is a whip-smart and funny tween drama about two twelve-year-old girls, Bett Devlin and Avery Bloom, whose dads plan to marry each other. Written in epistolary form, the reader is privy to the personal emails between Bett and Avery as they learn not only about these impending nuptials but also the coordinated plan to send both girls to summer camp so that they can meet and develop a sisterly bond. Bett and Avery are each the only child of a single dad. The merge into a larger family unit and change to sharing attention around don’t appeal to either of them, so they plot to break up the dads!

Bett and Avery are fantastic characters full of wit and charm. Raised on opposite coasts of America and with vastly different personalities, these girls surprise even themselves when they come to love each other as only sisters can. But everything gets turned on its head – choosing a sister doesn’t guarantee a marriage will follow.


Natalie Platten is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Doncaster.

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