To Night Owl from Dogfish
From two extraordinary authors comes a moving, exuberant, laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters.Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends--and possibly, one day, even sisters. But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?

To Night Owl from Dogfish Details

TitleTo Night Owl from Dogfish
Author
ReleaseFeb 12th, 2019
PublisherDial Books
ISBN-139780525553236
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Contemporary, Lgbt, Young Adult, Fiction

To Night Owl from Dogfish Review

  • Hannah Greendale
    January 1, 1970
    An epistolary retelling of The Parent Trap with modern flair. Adventurous Bett Devlin and overcautious Avery Bloom have no interest in being friends, but their dads have fallen in love and are sending them to the same summer camp to get to know one another. Bett and Avery reluctantly unite to keep their dads apart and, before long, their exchanges glimmer with the first inklings of friendship. A humorous and heartwarming tale of sisterhood, adventure, and finding family in unexpected places. A v An epistolary retelling of The Parent Trap with modern flair. Adventurous Bett Devlin and overcautious Avery Bloom have no interest in being friends, but their dads have fallen in love and are sending them to the same summer camp to get to know one another. Bett and Avery reluctantly unite to keep their dads apart and, before long, their exchanges glimmer with the first inklings of friendship. A humorous and heartwarming tale of sisterhood, adventure, and finding family in unexpected places. A very traditional summer camp could be right for us. After all, everyone tells us we don't live in "traditional" households even though my papa is about as conventional as they come. A lot of people don't realize a dad is a dad is a dad.*-*Note: Quote taken from an Advanced Reading Copy.
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  • Sally Stieglitz
    January 1, 1970
    To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer is a delight! Entirely through emails and letters (those proto-email communications), the reader is introduced two tween girls, Bett Devlin from California, a sporty animal loving free spirit, and Avery Bloom, a nerdy and neurotic New Yorker, when their impetuous gay dads decide, after a whirlwind romance, to send the girls to summer camp together to foster a sisterly bond between them. Bett and Avery want no part of this insta-f To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer is a delight! Entirely through emails and letters (those proto-email communications), the reader is introduced two tween girls, Bett Devlin from California, a sporty animal loving free spirit, and Avery Bloom, a nerdy and neurotic New Yorker, when their impetuous gay dads decide, after a whirlwind romance, to send the girls to summer camp together to foster a sisterly bond between them. Bett and Avery want no part of this insta-family, and join forces to oppose it (and by opposing, end it), but, of course, along the way, the girls find tolerance, friendship, and virtual sisterhood, only to be dismayed when their dads split up. Funny and sweet and engaging, Bett and Avery are characters who complement (and often compliment) each other after being thrown together and pulled apart by well-intended parenting (is there any better or worse kind?). To Night Owl from Dogfish is love story about friendship and family and, I think, a classic middle grade novel in the vein of some of the best books of my childhood - From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Harriet the Spy, and The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel). Here’s hoping that these two authors will write together again for the benefit of readers everywhere.Thank you to Edelwiess+ and Penguin Publishing Group for the Advance Review Copy.
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  • Chance Lee
    January 1, 1970
    This epistolary novel from two authors I've never read before tells the story of two young girls, Avery and Bett, who reluctantly become friends and are then put into a situation where they have to fight for that friendship. From reading the blurb, I expected the whole book to take place at summer camp, but the plot moves much more quickly than I thought it would and takes many surprising turns. Even though the story is primarily told through the girls' point-of-view, we get many richly detailed This epistolary novel from two authors I've never read before tells the story of two young girls, Avery and Bett, who reluctantly become friends and are then put into a situation where they have to fight for that friendship. From reading the blurb, I expected the whole book to take place at summer camp, but the plot moves much more quickly than I thought it would and takes many surprising turns. Even though the story is primarily told through the girls' point-of-view, we get many richly detailed supporting adult characters, like Bett's grandmother (called Gaga), Avery's birth mother, and the two gay dads. I like reading books for this age group because there's not a romance, but with this book I appreciated the girls being romance-adjacent as their dads (view spoiler)[fall into and fall out of love (hide spoiler)]. Because the romance plot was between adults, it felt painfully real. The adult characters are as well-drawn as the girls -- difficult, complex, occasionally making sense, and other times making bad decisions. The dads really frustrated me! The two girls have unique voices and often make blunt observations that are funny or profound or both. Parts of the book made me laugh out loud and other parts brought tears to my eyes. The book's third act felt a little rushed and contrived, plus it gets into preachy "it's okay to have a gay dad" territory that the rest of the book avoided by simply having everyone within the book's world accept it as normal. I wasn't sure why that subject got brought up at the end of the book, as it doesn't affect a thing with the plot, and any readers who needed convincing would have given up by that point anyway. Those minor flaws don't stop this from being a great read for kids and adults. One to look forward to in 2019!
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    this is literally Parent Trap–with-gay-dads and I don't tend to read MG but come on. 
  • Bookishfolk
    January 1, 1970
    I heard this book once described as, a modern parent trap and that’s really what it is! A fun, YA read that will be sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.
  • Ariana
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    I just adored To Night Owl from Dogfish! This story, told in emails & letters, has a beautiful message about friendship & what it means to be a family. Bett & Avery’s mission to get their dads together will make you LOL & warm your heart. ‪I just adored To Night Owl from Dogfish! This story, told in emails & letters, has a beautiful message about friendship & what it means to be a family. Bett & Avery’s mission to get their dads together will make you LOL & warm your heart. ‬
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  • Raquel Sandoval
    January 1, 1970
    It was too cute and I just love it so much
  • Emily Grace Dusin
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this book without high expectations, and I was definitely blown away. This is such a light hearted happy book about friendship and family- and what those words can mean. I laughed a bunch. I enjoyed reading about how the main characters Avery and Bett grow and change over the course of the book. I definitely recommend reading this book when it is released, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this book before it comes out.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for the sneak preview copy. Fun middle-grade fiction about found families. The girls are smart, funny, neurotic, and brave.
  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    Affectionate, warm, authentic.
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI knew from the very beginning I was going to love this book, and Goldberg and Wolitzer kept me smiling from page one to the very end. I am just in love with the idea, that we can be different, and we can embrace these differences. The book also had a lot of beautiful ideas about family in there, and seriously, Avery and Bett were a great pair. Fun, heartwarming, and full of the sort of honest commentary you expect from pre-teens. Loved it! Full review to follow. *ARC provided i Rating: 4.5 StarsI knew from the very beginning I was going to love this book, and Goldberg and Wolitzer kept me smiling from page one to the very end. I am just in love with the idea, that we can be different, and we can embrace these differences. The book also had a lot of beautiful ideas about family in there, and seriously, Avery and Bett were a great pair. Fun, heartwarming, and full of the sort of honest commentary you expect from pre-teens. Loved it! Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Really, really charming.
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a funny and heartfelt story told exclusively through letters and emails between two tween girls. Avery Bloom and Bett Devlin live on opposite sides of the country and are polar opposites in personality. However, when their single dads fall in love, they begin a relationship at first via emails and then in person. This is a wonderful story that captures the essence of friendship and family.
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  • Neha Thakkar
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this middle grade novel written in emails and letters. Funny and well developed characters, gay dads and happy kids. Each daughter is smart in her own way, and the 2 learn and grow together. I received an ARC from Barbara’s Bookstore, all thoughts are my own.
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  • Shari
    January 1, 1970
    There are so many wonderful things to say about this modern day, epistolary novel. Where to start? the characters sucked me in--the feisty, anti-rule Bett and Avery, the overly aware intellectual who reads so much that the world is a scary place, a place which one should avoid. Both are twelve going on thirteen and are at the age of dipping their toes into the pond of independence from their single, gay dads. One of Avery's great fears is water, so even dipping a toe into that pond makes her rea There are so many wonderful things to say about this modern day, epistolary novel. Where to start? the characters sucked me in--the feisty, anti-rule Bett and Avery, the overly aware intellectual who reads so much that the world is a scary place, a place which one should avoid. Both are twelve going on thirteen and are at the age of dipping their toes into the pond of independence from their single, gay dads. One of Avery's great fears is water, so even dipping a toe into that pond makes her reach for her inhaler. Their dads are actually the ones who give both girls the push by falling in love and placing their daughters in the same summer camp for the summer while they take off for a motorcycle trip around China. Through mostly emails, Sloan and Wolitzer have their respective characters reveal themselves and their growth. It's a book about friendship and opposites attracting, but the book also uncovers how parents who are supposed to be the adults act like toddlers who are self-centered and at times treat their children as dolls to boss around. We see good parents behaving irrationally and stripping their kids of their own voices and power. We also see how kids use subterfuge to maintain some of their personal power and choice.After years of teaching one of my favorite books Counting By Sevens, it is difficult for me not to see Avery as Willow's "cousin." One significant difference is that while Willow ends up leading her quirky cast of characters into a community by bringing out the best in each, Avery learns from Bett how to navigate the outside world. (Bett also learns from Avery about the ups and downs of lasting friendship and the need at times to use caution and safety features.) To Night Owl from Dogfish has a cast of wonderful, complex, three dimensional characters who make this novel fun, funny, unconventional, poignant, and a non-stop page turner. Reality reflects fiction! Not only did TWO excellent, imaginative writers collaborate on the writing, but TWO excellent, creative editors from TWO different imprints edit this book! Many kudos to Julie and Lauri!! I would have LOVED to be a fly on the wall listening in and watching these two work together! (After you read the book, you'll get the CAPS.)
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    THE cutest book ever! The characters are charming but not overly simple. The entire story had me on the edge of my seat with every page turned. This book will be great for reluctant readers since the format of letters back and forth are pretty short most times. When the letters get longer and more emotionally involved, the reader should be able to appreciate that as well. As an adult, I felt the writing wasn’t too childish. There have certainly been other authors I’ve read who over simplify the THE cutest book ever! The characters are charming but not overly simple. The entire story had me on the edge of my seat with every page turned. This book will be great for reluctant readers since the format of letters back and forth are pretty short most times. When the letters get longer and more emotionally involved, the reader should be able to appreciate that as well. As an adult, I felt the writing wasn’t too childish. There have certainly been other authors I’ve read who over simplify the language and are most likely unable to connect with readers of a larger age-range. These authors have hit it out of the park and I hope to see more stories from their characters!
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  • Julianne2girls
    January 1, 1970
    A pretty good book about two girls determined not to let their families become one , only to discover that they like each other and want to be one big family . A small twist at the end that I didn’t see coming . An easy read too
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not going to be able to properly review this book without spoiling some aspects of the story. Jesus, this book was frustrating. First off, let me just explain my experience a bit. I'm a lot like Avery in the way I have a hard time with people and making friends. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the internet generation so, through my childhood, I had experience with chat rooms and forums. To this day, one of my closest friends, is someone I have only ever communicated with from afar. I'm I'm not going to be able to properly review this book without spoiling some aspects of the story. Jesus, this book was frustrating. First off, let me just explain my experience a bit. I'm a lot like Avery in the way I have a hard time with people and making friends. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the internet generation so, through my childhood, I had experience with chat rooms and forums. To this day, one of my closest friends, is someone I have only ever communicated with from afar. I'm also part of an online community that feels like a family. So, the concept of this book sounded really cute and interesting.I liked how different Bett and Avery were. These characters were clearly made to challenge each other, which is fine. I did find their initial interaction to be convoluted. Bett claimed she found Avery's information through Avery's school website. I don't buy that. Information like that is supposed to be protected behind login information so you have to be a part of the school system to access it. It would have made more sense for Bett to make a lucky guess and get the email right, or to find a personal email Avery used for Facebook or something. But, again, the way my schools handle things could be vastly different from others.Bett also felt like an example of forced diversity. One of the first things she feels like she needs to point out is that her surrogate mother is African-American, so she is also African-American. It was like the authors were trying to say, "Hey, here's our confirmed black character" but there wasn't anything else to it. Again, I have friends from all over the world so it seemed odd to me that this kid would make a comment like that.The summer camp thing was odd too. Again, I've been a participant of summer camps, and I've helped run ones through my church. Somehow, Bett is able to find Avery's mom, contact her, and Avery is able to leave with this woman even though she isn't an emergency contact? Again, there are systems in place so things like this don't happen. Avery's mom could have hurt her in the past, but it's fine. She's a famous something, so she gets a pass. No? If a camp like this exists, please don't send your kids there. What in the world?Later in the book, the girls go to a different summer camp. Okay. Cool. One of the other girls at this camp says awful, homophobic things and they don't really get challenged. And, by the end of the book, the girls are somehow all friends?I do wish the entire book wasn't just in email because it doesn't allow the authors to unpack things properly like the homophobic comments, what camp life is like, how Avery and Bett really interact with they are next to each other. There are just a lot of ways this story telling format can fail, and this one definitely failed.I didn't hate everything about this book. First off, the format made it extremely easy to read. A kid will eat this story up. I also liked how this book spanned at least a year of time. Not that we know that because timestamps don't exist in these emails. The book just starts when the girls are going to a summer camp, and there's a point in time where they have to find a second summer camp to go through. Either this is a very long summer, or the book spans at least a year. Anyways, another thing I liked was how there were conflicts between Bett and Avery similar to the conflict between their dads.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Charming, delightful, and fun novel told entirely through emails and letters. Brash and independent Bett Devlin (Dogfish) and bookish, anxiety-ridden Avery Bloom (Night Owl) start corresponding when their fathers begin dating. Initially, the preteens have absolutely no desire for their fathers to continue their relationship much less for the two of them to ever meet. But when the men embark on a motorcycle adventure across China the girls are sent to CIGI, a summer camp for "inquisitive tweens a Charming, delightful, and fun novel told entirely through emails and letters. Brash and independent Bett Devlin (Dogfish) and bookish, anxiety-ridden Avery Bloom (Night Owl) start corresponding when their fathers begin dating. Initially, the preteens have absolutely no desire for their fathers to continue their relationship much less for the two of them to ever meet. But when the men embark on a motorcycle adventure across China the girls are sent to CIGI, a summer camp for "inquisitive tweens and teens ages 10-15 " where they come face to face for the first time. As one might expect, the girls bond, growing closer, in spite of their differences. The motorcycle trek doesn't go quite so well for their fathers. Thus, the two friends, wanna be stepsisters concoct a plan ala The Parent Trap in an attempt to force the dads to realize their love for each other.The rapid pace of the exchanges and the girls' strong personalities pair well with the quirky adults in their lives and make for a winsome, winning literary escapade.
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  • Helen Marquis
    January 1, 1970
    Told entirely in emails, 'To Night Owl from Dogfish' centers around two teenage girls - the outdoors-y fearless surfer girl Bett and the more introverted, anxious bookworm Avery - who are brought together when their Dads start dating.The entire arc of their relationship is covered in this book - from their initial contacts when they discover they are being forced into a friendship by being sent to camp together, vowing to not be friends ever as neither of them wants their respective Dad to be in Told entirely in emails, 'To Night Owl from Dogfish' centers around two teenage girls - the outdoors-y fearless surfer girl Bett and the more introverted, anxious bookworm Avery - who are brought together when their Dads start dating.The entire arc of their relationship is covered in this book - from their initial contacts when they discover they are being forced into a friendship by being sent to camp together, vowing to not be friends ever as neither of them wants their respective Dad to be in a relationship, to the inevitable thawing of their frosty connection, to a series of unusual events that they subsequently blunder through, this is a fun read from start to finish.There are significant similarities with the Parent Trap, but also enough differentiation for this to be worth spending some time with. It's a quick read and one that'll have you crossing all your extremities for a happy ending as it hurtles towards its denouement.
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  • Jen Petro-Roy
    January 1, 1970
    An adorable, fast read.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Charming.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED IT.
  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    **Thank you to NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy.**Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer is told entirely in emails and letters. Like their **Thank you to NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy.**Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer is told entirely in emails and letters. Like their parents, Bett and Avery could not be anymore opposite but what follows is a sweet, engaging novel about friendship and family. I've not read any novels by these authors before but they certainly capture the essence of tween life within the book. Although told primarily from the girl's POV, there are many supporting adult characters such as their gay dads and Gaga. All characters were well written and demonstrates the great ability of the authors.Overall, a great read for children & adults alike...one to watch out for in 2019!
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  • Megan Coppadge
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a cute book! It has very strong Parent Trap vibes. I was a little hesitant because it’s more middle grade then YA and I thought it might be too young for me to enjoy. However I was happily surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.
  • Kirsten
    January 1, 1970
    This is pretty cute, with two distinct voices for the main characters. A few points seemed a little obvious, or a little contrived, but mostly it just works well. A fun read.
  • Amy - bookish_heights
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this novel! Title: To Night Owl From DogfishAuthor: Holly Goldberg-Sloan and Meg WolitzerGenre: Middle Grade contemporary Release date: 21st February 2019My Rating: 3.5 starsTrigger/content warnings: Death of a family member (in the past), some brief mentions of homophobia. While reading this, I fully expected it to be a 5 star read for me, and then the last 30% happened and I was completely lost. But first up I am going to talk about Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this novel! Title: To Night Owl From DogfishAuthor: Holly Goldberg-Sloan and Meg WolitzerGenre: Middle Grade contemporary Release date: 21st February 2019My Rating: 3.5 starsTrigger/content warnings: Death of a family member (in the past), some brief mentions of homophobia. While reading this, I fully expected it to be a 5 star read for me, and then the last 30% happened and I was completely lost. But first up I am going to talk about the really great things about this book. Number one (and the selling point for me) was the diversity. This is marketed as a "reverse parent-trap" but with two gay dads, after reading that I hit request straight away. Also, our main characters, Bett and Avery. Avery and her dad are Jewish and Bett and her dad are African-American. Another thing I loved was how the authors made Bett and Averys' voices so distinctive. They are like chalk and cheese and it was so easy to tell them apart. Avery is more bookish, she is quiet and a worrier, she has fears and gets anxious, which she calls "excessive fears". Whereas Bett is more adventurous, outgoing and loud. The bond these two characters form is truly amazing and so heartwarming. I loved the discussions the two of them had together, how open they were with each other. I was laughing throughout most of this book.This novel is told entirely through emails, letters, text messages etc, which normally I am not a fan of, but I thought the authors done a terrific job with this and I don't think it could have worked any other way. (POSSIBLE SPOILER) However, towards the end is where everything went a little downhill for me personally. I was fully expecting this to end happily, just like The Parent Trap. But around the 70% mark things just started getting a bit, I feel like I can only describe it as messy. Time started skipping more frequently, Marlow and Sam (the dads) were in new relationships with new people, they lived miles apart from each other and at that point, I just knew this wasn't going to end the way I thought it would. To be honest, I don't think I even understood the ending, it came out of nowhere and it was really abrupt and just left me hanging. It's no secret that I am a sucker for a happy ending, so maybe that's just me. Another thing that confused me was that, towards the end, the authors started incorporating new perspectives of people who had no bearing to the story.Overall, this is a great MG novel with some absolutely fantastic diverse elements, but in the end, it just wasn't for me personally. Review to be uploaded on my blog soon, which I will link once posted.
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  • Cindy Trent
    January 1, 1970
    Laugh out loud fun. Two 12 year old bent on not becoming friends while at the same time breaking up theirs dads. Great characters. Thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Ritu Bhathal
    January 1, 1970
    A cute modern day Parent Trap with two fiery daughters trying to break up then patch up their gay dads relationship. I loved how the whole story was written via emails and letters, and though I kinda guessed the ending, it was great to read!
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