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{Pugs in a Blanket: J. J. Howard}Pugs in a Blanket by J. J. Howard
Published by Scholastic Press on May 14, 2019
Genres: Childrens, Junior High, Middle School, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – Sam’s parents run a catering company, which doesn’t leave them much time for Sam. Though she has begged for a dog, her parents say they are just too busy.

But when she finds two pugs wrapped up in a blanket on her back porch, Sam can’t not take in the abandoned pups. Trying to keep them safe, she sometimes has to bring them along to her parents’ events, where the frisky pugs cause havoc. Jai, the cute boy whose dad performs at the same events, helps Sam wrangle them.

But when Sam’s pug posts go viral online, the dogs become mini celebrities. Then someone comes forward to claim them. Is Sam in danger of losing the dogs she’s fallen in love with?

{My thoughts} – Sam comes home from school one day and sees that the gate to their home is left open. When she walks through she finds a box with two adorable pugs inside laying on a blanket. She isn’t really sure what to do about the pugs at this point, but she does want to keep them. She decides to take them up to her room and hide them from her parents.

I can’t see agree with how she went about trying to keep them, but she did do some things right. She did put out a poster trying to find the owners. However, once her parents know about the dogs they go about correcting everything she did that was wrong. They go about putting up am more suitable poster that has her mom’s phone number on it instead of hers. They go to the store and get everything that they need for the dogs. Eventually the dogs start to become a part of the family. Surprisingly her mom does warm up to them even though she really didn’t want them to begin with.

Sam’s family is major into cooking and it’s what they do and love. Her little brother is a loner and really into his video games. It takes some outside perspective but eventually Sam realizes that her little brother wants to be included in things as much as she is, he even wants to be part owner to the dogs.

Towards the end of the book some girl named Karen shows up at their house. She says she is the owner of the dogs and she gives a story that is less then crazy. It’s one of those it might be true but I highly doubt it kind of things. There is a lot that takes place once this girl shows up, but the thing that I enjoyed reading about the most was how Same and her family all came together -when they needed to most.

I look forward to reading more books about Pugs by this author in the near future. She has a wonderful talent when it comes to writing about middle school crush/animal love.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.