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Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot harder. His parents are going through a messy divorce, and as a result he’s starting a new life, in a new city, in a new school. Now his mom has brought home Reggie, an eighty-pound German shepherd fresh from the animal shelter, who used to be a seeing-eye dog. At first Nick isn’t sure about this canine intrusion—it’s just another in Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot harder. His parents are going through a messy divorce, and as a result he’s starting a new life, in a new city, in a new school. Now his mom has brought home Reggie, an eighty-pound German shepherd fresh from the animal shelter, who used to be a seeing-eye dog. At first Nick isn’t sure about this canine intrusion—it’s just another in a series of difficult changes. Soon, however, Nick is on the path to finding out why a seeing-eye dog would be left at an animal shelter, and along the way discovers that Reggie is a true friend that Nick can rely on. But when he tries to reconnect with his dad, Nick puts everything on the line, including the life of his new best friend. Art Corriveau is a brilliant new voice for middle-grade fiction. How I, Nicky Flynn, Got a Life (and a Dog) is a heartfelt and honest look at the effects of divorce and the wonders of friendship. F&P Level: T F&P Genre: RF


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Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot harder. His parents are going through a messy divorce, and as a result he’s starting a new life, in a new city, in a new school. Now his mom has brought home Reggie, an eighty-pound German shepherd fresh from the animal shelter, who used to be a seeing-eye dog. At first Nick isn’t sure about this canine intrusion—it’s just another in Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot harder. His parents are going through a messy divorce, and as a result he’s starting a new life, in a new city, in a new school. Now his mom has brought home Reggie, an eighty-pound German shepherd fresh from the animal shelter, who used to be a seeing-eye dog. At first Nick isn’t sure about this canine intrusion—it’s just another in a series of difficult changes. Soon, however, Nick is on the path to finding out why a seeing-eye dog would be left at an animal shelter, and along the way discovers that Reggie is a true friend that Nick can rely on. But when he tries to reconnect with his dad, Nick puts everything on the line, including the life of his new best friend. Art Corriveau is a brilliant new voice for middle-grade fiction. How I, Nicky Flynn, Got a Life (and a Dog) is a heartfelt and honest look at the effects of divorce and the wonders of friendship. F&P Level: T F&P Genre: RF

30 review for How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    This is such a refreshing and fun take on a real boy in the real world, who is trying to cope with his parent's recent divorce and his mother's descent into her own depression. Funny and clever, the main character, Nicky Flynn finds himself the owner of a very special dog that you instantly love and see as Nicky's savior. Nicky begins to reinvent his life through real and made-up adventures with his dog. I love the very true-to-life sarcasm Nicky has (so perfect for his age) and I think so many This is such a refreshing and fun take on a real boy in the real world, who is trying to cope with his parent's recent divorce and his mother's descent into her own depression. Funny and clever, the main character, Nicky Flynn finds himself the owner of a very special dog that you instantly love and see as Nicky's savior. Nicky begins to reinvent his life through real and made-up adventures with his dog. I love the very true-to-life sarcasm Nicky has (so perfect for his age) and I think so many children will love this gripping story wherein Nicky and dog get into a few sticky situations! Kids will also appreciate seeing a child who faces sorting out some really big problems...without warning or preparation. This book is such a nice combination of gripping plot and soulful content. Just great.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Nicky Flynn is a gritty, uncompromising read. Nicky is a smart kid whose cards have dealt him a difficult hand. He's also a courageous kid with a big imagination, who faced with a few challenges, ultimately learns to deal with the problems surrounding him. The catalyst for Nicky's growth is the failed seeing eye dog that Nicky's mother brings home from the pound, initially much to Nicky's disappointment. Little by little, the two bond, and as they set out to unravel a mystery, Nicky learns to be Nicky Flynn is a gritty, uncompromising read. Nicky is a smart kid whose cards have dealt him a difficult hand. He's also a courageous kid with a big imagination, who faced with a few challenges, ultimately learns to deal with the problems surrounding him. The catalyst for Nicky's growth is the failed seeing eye dog that Nicky's mother brings home from the pound, initially much to Nicky's disappointment. Little by little, the two bond, and as they set out to unravel a mystery, Nicky learns to be responsible and compassionate. The language is real, as is Nicky's voice. I found it a definite page-turner and recommend it for middle school and above.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tristan Duncan

    How I Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (And a Dog) By: Art Corriveau The book How I Nicky Flynn Finally Get a Life (And a Dog) was a bad book in my opinion. I disliked this book very much. Some reasons for that were that the main character,Nickey, was very annoying. Nicky doesn’t really understand the meaning of think before you say or think about how actions can sometimes affect other people. For example, Nicky just blurts out that, he hates the Frisbee that an old man had generously given him bec How I Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (And a Dog) By: Art Corriveau The book How I Nicky Flynn Finally Get a Life (And a Dog) was a bad book in my opinion. I disliked this book very much. Some reasons for that were that the main character,Nickey, was very annoying. Nicky doesn’t really understand the meaning of think before you say or think about how actions can sometimes affect other people. For example, Nicky just blurts out that, he hates the Frisbee that an old man had generously given him because he can’t throw it right. An example of saying stuff that sometimes can affect other people was that, when Nicky met these three old men when he was walking his dog they thought that he was Alf Santorello’s grandson because, Reggie, Nicky’s dog, used to belong to Old Alf. He just goes along with it and it ends up making everyone in the town, because he told everyone that he was Alf Santorello’s grandson, mad at him and got him in a lot of trouble. The example that I have just listed are just the beginning of what Nicky does that makes me dislike this book. I disliked this book for several other reasons as well. Nicky made me mad, when he doesn’t get concepts or situations, and pictures them differently. For example he runs away because, Reggie, his German Shepherd, tackles his mom because she raised her hand to give Nicky a high-five. Reggie, who used to be a guide-dog and who is a German Shepherd, one of the best breeds to be guard dogs in the world, misunderstood the situation. So he runs away because he didn’t want his mom to give Reggie back to the pound. So after a day passes, he tries to go back to his apartment, but he sees two police talking to his mom. Instead of using common sense and thinking that the police are going to look for him, he thinks that the police are going to track down Reggie. This makes no sense to me at all, and makes me wonder how he even got that conclusion. Another reason that I disliked this book was he forgets the most important information, the minute after he hears it. For example, everyone in the town that knows Reggie, tells Nicky that Reggie looks a lot better from his hip injury. Nicky a week later, hops a high fence in the grave yard to spend the night. He tells Reggie to hop the fence to, but when Reggie hops and land he lands hard on his bum leg. Reggie then is in extreme pain and has to walk on his leg for another day. What Nicky doesn’t even care about is that Reggie, when he goes to the vet will be close to death and will need an operation to give him an entire new hip. This all could have been avoided if Nicky remembered the most important information. Personally, I really disliked the book. The only reason that I kept going was that I wanted to see what else Nicky would do that would screw his life up even more. If you like books, though, that don’t move at a fast pace and are mildly interesting, then this book would be for you. This book in my opinion was terrible. Do you want to find out if you like this book? You will have to read to find out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    katsok

    I enjoyed this book much more than I had anticipated. Nicky is a 11 year old boy whose parents have just separated. He and his mom moved to a small suburb of Boston into a neighborhood that is slightly rundown. Nicky's mom brings home a dog at the start of the book named Reggie. Reggie used to be a seeing eye dog but his master gave him up. The book follows Nicky as he and his mom work through issues of trust, as Nicky tries to unlock the mystery of what happen with Reggie and his previous owner I enjoyed this book much more than I had anticipated. Nicky is a 11 year old boy whose parents have just separated. He and his mom moved to a small suburb of Boston into a neighborhood that is slightly rundown. Nicky's mom brings home a dog at the start of the book named Reggie. Reggie used to be a seeing eye dog but his master gave him up. The book follows Nicky as he and his mom work through issues of trust, as Nicky tries to unlock the mystery of what happen with Reggie and his previous owner, and as Nicky tries to acclimate himself to his new world. I really enjoyed following Nicky through this journey and watching the relationship between the boy and a dog unfold.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth☮

    Nicky's parents are getting a divorce. His mother uproots him to the ouskirts of Boston and tries to make the most of it. She gets Nicky a dog in hopes of making some peace. Reggie is a german shepard and former seeing eye dog. When nicky takes reggie for walks, he takes him to those places he used to frequent with alf, his previous owner. when nicky starts to visit alf's old haunts, he takes on the persona of alf's grandson from california. in this fashion, he begins to make a new life for himse Nicky's parents are getting a divorce. His mother uproots him to the ouskirts of Boston and tries to make the most of it. She gets Nicky a dog in hopes of making some peace. Reggie is a german shepard and former seeing eye dog. When nicky takes reggie for walks, he takes him to those places he used to frequent with alf, his previous owner. when nicky starts to visit alf's old haunts, he takes on the persona of alf's grandson from california. in this fashion, he begins to make a new life for himself. this is a good coming of age story and one that has a great character: reggie!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I bought this book for two reasons: (1) it was on sale cheap at the school's book fair and (2) it was a recommended read by someone whose opinion I value. I love the title although I cannot relate; I grew up in a family filled with pets. The way the family in the book sometimes treated the dog was horrifying but I've known people who were like that. I like the way the author treated life and adult problems from a kid's point of view. The ways of adults are mysterious so a kid who decides that the I bought this book for two reasons: (1) it was on sale cheap at the school's book fair and (2) it was a recommended read by someone whose opinion I value. I love the title although I cannot relate; I grew up in a family filled with pets. The way the family in the book sometimes treated the dog was horrifying but I've known people who were like that. I like the way the author treated life and adult problems from a kid's point of view. The ways of adults are mysterious so a kid who decides that the solution is to treat life as a mystery with the kid having to puzzle out the clues is an interesting approach. I think, though, that I really didn't like many of the adults in the book. I can understand why the author chose this route; I just don't care for it much. I'm going to put this book out on my shelves. Let's see what my students think.

  7. 5 out of 5

    JoJo

    Since I was going out to Boston this week, I figured that this would be the perfect airplane reread for the flight. I first read this book maybe six or seven years ago, but it still doesn't fail to entertain. Though it no longer seems as "edgy" as it did back in elementary school for using the word "cr*p," and Nicky says/thinks a few statements that now appear a bit problematic, it really holds up as a story about a middle schooler who's a victim of divorce and has a few flaws but also has a big Since I was going out to Boston this week, I figured that this would be the perfect airplane reread for the flight. I first read this book maybe six or seven years ago, but it still doesn't fail to entertain. Though it no longer seems as "edgy" as it did back in elementary school for using the word "cr*p," and Nicky says/thinks a few statements that now appear a bit problematic, it really holds up as a story about a middle schooler who's a victim of divorce and has a few flaws but also has a big heart.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Geri Dosalua

    This book was very enjoyable. It was touching, funny, and sad all at the same time. It delves into the impact of divorce on a family, and particularly how a child interprets what is going on. Reggie, the retired Guide Dog gives Nick purpose and a "partner in crime" so to speak. Through him Nick begins to grown up and make some good choices, after so many bad ones. Too bad it is 2010, as it would have made an excellent LOE choice.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    I was expecting something more winsome and comical, based on the cover design. What you get is a realistic portrayal of the stresses of a divorce and upheaval on an 11-year boy, into which an 80-pound ex-seeing eye dog named Reggie is introduced. I adore warm and fuzzy dog stories and I am not ashamed of it. This one doesn't attempt to pull on standard dog-story heartstrings, and it was still a fine and compelling read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    I didn't enjoy this book very much, mostly because of this MC. Annoying, rude, and disrespectful, I couldn't endear myself to this boy, even by the end of this book. Two stars just for the dog though who I imagine to be adorable!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Josh Newhouse

    Not bad... Main character seemed older beyond his years at times... After reading so many books about kids dying for a dog it was refreshing if odd that he did not at first.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bailey

    Very dull in the beginning. It took me awhile to get hooked, but once I did I enjoyed it a lot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Matunis

    Good book to make a kid living through a parental divorce- funny & a quick read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Irinel Finco

    Really cute book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Addy

    This book was super good. It hooked me in so quickly.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Nicky Flynn is a lovable misanthrope. Well, to call him a "misanthrope" may be extreme, but he is, at the very least, quite grumpy. At eleven, he thinks he's got it all figured out and has little patience for the mess his mother has gotten them into (or, at least that's how Nicky sees it). Nicky's whole world has been turned upside-down. His parents are going through a messy divorce and his mom, as Nicky likes to point out repeatedly, his mom decided she needed to "stand on her own two feet" and Nicky Flynn is a lovable misanthrope. Well, to call him a "misanthrope" may be extreme, but he is, at the very least, quite grumpy. At eleven, he thinks he's got it all figured out and has little patience for the mess his mother has gotten them into (or, at least that's how Nicky sees it). Nicky's whole world has been turned upside-down. His parents are going through a messy divorce and his mom, as Nicky likes to point out repeatedly, his mom decided she needed to "stand on her own two feet" and moved them from a house in the perfect (according to Nicky's descriptions) suburb of Littleton to a tiny/scuzzy apartment in the rough not-quite-Boston neighborhood of Charlestown. As Nicky narrates the story in a conversational present tense, you can practically see his eyes roll and hear him heave a heavy sigh at pretty much everything and everyone that crosses his path--his therapist's clumsy attempts to get Nicky to "open up," a quirky classmate's odd conversation-starters, and even his mom's surprise gift at the beginning of the novel...a dog! Man's-best-friend novels always run the risk of being a bit cliched. But what makes Art Corriveau's take on the old boy-and-dog story feel fresh and engaging is that Nicky wants nothing to do with Reggie (a stupid name, Nicky points out, given by a past owner, not himself). The story opens with Nicky complaining to the reader about how irresponsible and typical it is that his mother went out and got this dog without even thinking about the practical side of owning a dog. At first, Nicky tries to avoid Reggie, but when it becomes clear that his mother will not be doing the walking and feeding, responsible and reliable Nicky steps up. Reggie's need for daily walks forces Nicky out of the house into the neighborhood he hates to much. Slowly, Nicky and Reggie begin to share adventures together in Charlestown and Nicky starts to (begrudgingly, and under somewhat unusual circumstances) make connections with the neighborhood and its people. Nicky's voice is so engaging. No matter how grumpy he is, you see his warm and honest heart shining through. As he and Reggie explore Charlestown and Boston together, Nicky thinks back on a special day he spent exploring the city with his dad. Nicky's holds his dad up on a pedestal, and your heart aches for him as time and time again, his dad bails on weekend plans. As a reader, you try to make sense of the image Nicky paints of his father and the image that the facts seem to show--a dad who just isn't around. You want to comfort Nicky, but at the same time, tell him to snap out of it. How I, Nicky Flynn... is a funny, sweet, sincere story. It confronts the fact that everyone makes mistakes, kids and adults alike and that change, scary as it may seem, can be the best thing that happened to you.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Even though this is definitely not my type of read nor in the genre I usually read, I was actually kind of looking forward to reading it because it sound cute and I thought the dog on the cover was adorable. However, How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) proved to be lackluster in some of the most important ways. How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) is about a kid named Nicky whose parent's have just went through a disasters divorce that has left him basically living i Even though this is definitely not my type of read nor in the genre I usually read, I was actually kind of looking forward to reading it because it sound cute and I thought the dog on the cover was adorable. However, How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) proved to be lackluster in some of the most important ways. How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) is about a kid named Nicky whose parent's have just went through a disasters divorce that has left him basically living in the 'slums' and going to a new school were he's not only one of the smartest kids but the kids call him brownie, as in brownnoser. Plus his fun and full of laughter mother has turned into someone who likes to hit the wine bottle a little too much these days. Let's just say Nicky isn't happy with his new life, though everything changes when he meets Reggie, a former seeing-eye dog and Nicky's new pet. At first Nicky isn't too happy with Reggie because for one, he's huge and gets in the way in their already too small apartment and for two, Nicky isn't all that in to being Reggie's new master, but soon enough, Nicky realizes that Reggie may just be the best thing that's happened to him since the divorce and the only one he can rely on most these days. Nicky was a character I really hard time connecting with even though I've gone through some of the same things he has (a parent's divorce, a new school and home, etc.). Maybe it was how young he was or his immaturity at times but I just found him to be annoying to the point were I kind of didn't care what happened to him. Perhaps kids more his age will find him to likable and relatable but I just didn't. The character I did like in this, though, was Reggie, the dog. He seemed adorable and great dog side-kick to have on your side. Plus, I thought it was adorable seeing how sweet he was to Nicky. While the premise seemed promising, the execution wasn't nearly as great as I was expecting. I was bored for the most part and occasionally skipped ahead a few or so pages because of it. I did like the message it was conveying, though, especially since younger kids will be reading it. Overall, How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) just wasn't the book for me because of several reasons, mostly because of my age. Grade: C-

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darrel is life

    Goodreads Review by Garrett Daniels Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot tougher. His parents are going through a bad divorce, and he’s starting a new life. In the new city of Charleston,plus a new school. Now Nicky’s Mom has brought, an eighty pound German shepherd in the picture named Reggie,from the animal shelter.Reggie used to be a seeing-eye dog(guide dog). At first Nick is not sure if he wants a new pet to the family. Then Nick wonders why (and tries to investigate) a seeing-eye dog wou Goodreads Review by Garrett Daniels Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot tougher. His parents are going through a bad divorce, and he’s starting a new life. In the new city of Charleston,plus a new school. Now Nicky’s Mom has brought, an eighty pound German shepherd in the picture named Reggie,from the animal shelter.Reggie used to be a seeing-eye dog(guide dog). At first Nick is not sure if he wants a new pet to the family. Then Nick wonders why (and tries to investigate) a seeing-eye dog would be left at an animal shelter.In his story Nicky grows in understanding, acceptance,compassion and the true meaning of friendship. The part of the book when Nicky runs away with Reggie reminds me of the book and movie The Outsiders when Ponyboy and his friend Johnny Cade runs away because Nicky runs away from home with his only “friend” Reggie which helps me understand the pain that Nicky is going through when he runs away because Nicky and Ponyboy both have the same struggles (inter city and tough/no parents).Since I know what Ponyboy was going through I could have a general idea to what Nicky was going through. The author often gives a lot of human characteristics to Reggie, like Reggie being able to follow commands that normal dogs don’t know instinctively. Example when Nicky and Reggie were walking in the park, there was a gang of bad kids that wanted to pick on Nicky but Reggie saw the gang first and started to lead Nicky away from the gang eventually escaping the gang. The genre of this book is realistic fiction, I would recommend this book to someone who likes or loves animals,and is in middle school. I personally liked it when Reggie tinkled on the brand new rug then the landlord stepped right on the stain without him noticing. Then Reggie tried to lick it ( right in front of the landlord) and Nicky had to come up with an excuse. His excuse was the stain,was just water and the landlord believed Nicky.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Nicky's mother is starting over without his father... a new life, a new job, a little too much wine, and a new dog for Nicky, who's not all that interested in having to get up in the morning and take the dog for a walk. He's got other things to worry about, like his new school. It's scarier than his old one, what with the metal detectors and the tough kids, and not as academically challenging. Then there's Rita, who wants to hang out with him. He starts to enjoy having a dog a little bit when he Nicky's mother is starting over without his father... a new life, a new job, a little too much wine, and a new dog for Nicky, who's not all that interested in having to get up in the morning and take the dog for a walk. He's got other things to worry about, like his new school. It's scarier than his old one, what with the metal detectors and the tough kids, and not as academically challenging. Then there's Rita, who wants to hang out with him. He starts to enjoy having a dog a little bit when he takes Reggie to the park, where the dog is recognized as the guide dog of Art, a blind Korean war veteran. Nicky starts hanging out in Art's neighborhood and leading people to believe that he is Art's grandson, in order to find out more about why Reggie ended up at the pound. This slightly humorous and well-paced story uncovers several mysteries about the twists and turns that life can take with delightful realism. Strengths: This is one of those rare books that both students AND teachers would like. Therefore, it should win the Newbery, but it won't because it is too good. Nicky is such a great character, the descriptions of place (near Boston) add a lot to the story, and the dynamics between the various characters, including Reggie, are painfully true. I just wish I had read this before the book fair, because I would have made sure we sold out of the copies! Weaknesses: Slightly long for the target audience, and the print was a bit small. Seems silly, but this is a HUGE deal for boys this age who want funny books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth G.

    Mom says I'm way too serious for a kid my age. She says I'm like this forty-year-old man trapped in an eleven-year-old body. Nicky is miserable. He used to live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. Then, his parents divorced in dramatic fashion. Now, he and his mom share a cramped one-bedroom apartment in a grimy area. His new class is repeating work he did last year; because he knows the answers, the local toughs have started calling him "brownnoser". His mom, who used to garden and cook, is Mom says I'm way too serious for a kid my age. She says I'm like this forty-year-old man trapped in an eleven-year-old body. Nicky is miserable. He used to live in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. Then, his parents divorced in dramatic fashion. Now, he and his mom share a cramped one-bedroom apartment in a grimy area. His new class is repeating work he did last year; because he knows the answers, the local toughs have started calling him "brownnoser". His mom, who used to garden and cook, is living on take-out food and wine. And she just brought home an ex-guide dog named Reggie from the pound, expecting Nicky to take care of it. Nicky wants nothing to do with Reggie, but the dog might be just what he needs to get on with his life. The book gets off to a bit of a rocky start. Nicky's voice sounds off in the first chapter, way too old for an almost-twelve-year-old boy. His wry humor and determination to solve the mystery of how Reggie ended up at the pound are engaging, though. His actions are believably impulsive. As events progress, the reader can see things about Nicky's situation that he takes much longer to recognize, and will be pulling for him as he figures things out. In the end, Nicky Flynn won me over. A realistic, contemporary novel with humor and boy-appeal, suitable for middle-grade readers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brewer Community School

    The book that I just finished reading is called How I, Nicky Flynn Finally get a life (and a dog) by Art Corriveau. This book is about a little boy named Nicky whose parents just got divorced, is forced to start brand new in a new school, has to go to a counselor every week, and to top it all of, his mom gets this huge dog without even talking to him about it. Throughout this book, Nicky will do this research paper about seeing eye dogs, and finds out that his dog used to be one to this old man. The book that I just finished reading is called How I, Nicky Flynn Finally get a life (and a dog) by Art Corriveau. This book is about a little boy named Nicky whose parents just got divorced, is forced to start brand new in a new school, has to go to a counselor every week, and to top it all of, his mom gets this huge dog without even talking to him about it. Throughout this book, Nicky will do this research paper about seeing eye dogs, and finds out that his dog used to be one to this old man. So when Nicky tries to find the man, people keep saying it’s his grandfather!! Nicky is faced with a lot of challenges throughout this book, but the hardest one is trying to convince his mom to keep Reggie, the dog! The setting is essential to this book because if this book didn’t have setting, then we wouldn’t be able to picture where NIcky and Reggie are walking to when they’re walking do Eden St. We wouldn’t be able to know where the butcher shop is or what apartment the 3 live on. Without setting this story would be very boring. My overall opinion of this book is that I really liked it!! I enjoyed the book and all the parts of the story, even though, sometimes the plotline got a little confusing at times. I would rate this book 4 ½ stars. I would recommend this book to people who love dogs, and dog books!!! -CW

  22. 5 out of 5

    M.

    A very good book for about 4th grade and up. Nicky Flynn's parents are getting a divorce, he never sees his dad (clearly his mom's fault), he lives in a 1-bedroom apartment with his mom (and has to sleep on the sofa), and he now has to go to a school where the academic level is behind what he's used to and he's a target of the school bullies. And then one night his mom doesn't bring home dinner; she brings home an 80-pound, seeing-eye dog trained but with issues, German shepherd named Reggie. At A very good book for about 4th grade and up. Nicky Flynn's parents are getting a divorce, he never sees his dad (clearly his mom's fault), he lives in a 1-bedroom apartment with his mom (and has to sleep on the sofa), and he now has to go to a school where the academic level is behind what he's used to and he's a target of the school bullies. And then one night his mom doesn't bring home dinner; she brings home an 80-pound, seeing-eye dog trained but with issues, German shepherd named Reggie. At first Nicky doesn't want Reggie but gradually the relationship between them grows and Nicky goes on a detective trail to figure out Reggie's background. When Nicky's mom decides to get rid of Reggie, Nicky and Reggie run away and Nicky starts learning what's real in his life and what isn't. This is a gentle book, not without some dramatic tension but certainly not inappropriate for 4th grade or so. There aren't chapters per se, but the book is divided into innumerable short sections labeled by day and place (Friday, English period, library). This will make it easier for kids who can't (or don't want to) do sustained reading. Nicky comes across as a real kid, not one stereotyped into blandness or badness. I didn't want to put the book down and finished it essentially in one evening.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kay Mcgriff

    I can’t wait for school to start so I can put How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) by Art Corriveau (Amulet Books 2010) in the hands of readers. I know I will have students who will love this book as much as I did. It is funny and heartbreaking, filled with unforgettable characters who just might surprise you. Best of all is Nicky’s spot-on sarcasm. Nicky’s life is not going the way he wants. His mom left his dad and took Nicky to live in a much smaller apartment in a new city with I can’t wait for school to start so I can put How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) by Art Corriveau (Amulet Books 2010) in the hands of readers. I know I will have students who will love this book as much as I did. It is funny and heartbreaking, filled with unforgettable characters who just might surprise you. Best of all is Nicky’s spot-on sarcasm. Nicky’s life is not going the way he wants. His mom left his dad and took Nicky to live in a much smaller apartment in a new city with a new school, but she seems determined to keep Nicky apart from his dad. To make things better she brings home a German shepherd–not just any German shepherd, but a retired seeing-eye dog. Now Nicky is stuck taking care of this dog and eating takeout every night. Soon, though, Nicky gets caught up in solving the mystery behind Reggie’s “retirement.” He’s not old, so what was the problem? Reggie leads Nicky to meet people from his past–friends of his blind owner, Alf Santorello. Then Nicky and Reggie set off on their own Freedom Trail through Boston. Along the way, Nick learns to cope with the changes in his life and see his parents for who they are–not who he wishes they were. He also makes some suprising new friends at school and gains perspective on people with disabilities –and so will the reader.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This novel deals with the hardships of divorce, starting over in a new city at a new school, dealing with bullies while finding a unique friendship when you least expect it. Sixth grader Nicky finds himself in a city outside of Boston living with his mom in a tiny apartment after his parents divorce. His mother brought home an eighty pound German shepherd from the shelter who isn't your typical dog. He is a retired guide dog and insists on dragging Nicky all over the neighborhood. On their walks This novel deals with the hardships of divorce, starting over in a new city at a new school, dealing with bullies while finding a unique friendship when you least expect it. Sixth grader Nicky finds himself in a city outside of Boston living with his mom in a tiny apartment after his parents divorce. His mother brought home an eighty pound German shepherd from the shelter who isn't your typical dog. He is a retired guide dog and insists on dragging Nicky all over the neighborhood. On their walks Nicky learns more about his dog Reggie's previous life and owner while getting tangled up in a web of lies. The duo set out on a discovery of truth while risking everything. This journey is touching and really believable. The dogs personality in this book matches that of my own dog, making this book that much more appealing to me as a dog owner and lover. I smiled every time Reggie stuck his tongue in the boys ear. This is absolutely something a dog would do, such as my own. In the classroom this book would be great to introduce a blind persons experience or guide dog training procedures for a blind or guide dog lesson. Overall this book was easygoing expressing the value behind a mans best friend.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arianna Kraljic

    In Art Courriveau's novel, How I Nicky Flynn Finally Get a Life and a Dog, I thought the story was very interesting and entertaining. Although the narrator in the book is a year or two younger than me, I can relate to some of topics in the book. Nicky moves to a new town, Charlestown, he is not excited by this new town because he misses his old town in Littleton. His mom and dad are getting divorced and that is why he and his mom moved. Shortly after they moved, Nicky's mom got him a dog from th In Art Courriveau's novel, How I Nicky Flynn Finally Get a Life and a Dog, I thought the story was very interesting and entertaining. Although the narrator in the book is a year or two younger than me, I can relate to some of topics in the book. Nicky moves to a new town, Charlestown, he is not excited by this new town because he misses his old town in Littleton. His mom and dad are getting divorced and that is why he and his mom moved. Shortly after they moved, Nicky's mom got him a dog from the pound named, Reggie. Nicky is not sure of having a large dog in their tiny apartment, but soon warms up to him. His mom, however, trys to warm up to Reggie, but Reggie becomes over-protective and jumps on Nicky's mom. His mom then locked Reggie up and said that he was going to the pound the next morning. Nicky does not like this and runs away in the night with Reggie. Nicky has an adventure for a few days, but then ventures back to tell his mom the truth and everybody else he has lied to. Reggie unfortunately was injured during the adventure and had to go through surgery. In the end everything was ok and Nicky finally got himself a life and the dog he wanted. I really liked this book and I recommend it to people who likes dogs and a good entertaining story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Nicky Flynn lives with his mom in a cramped townhouse outside Boston. She has left his dad and is trying (valiantly) to make it 'on her own' While Dad was advancing his career she stayed home so her job opportunities are limited and not so lucrative. Nicky misses his old life and struggles to fit into his new urban school. The transition is rough and when Mom brings home a guide dog from the pound Nicky is at first stuck with and then happy with Reggie, his first friend in the new neighborhood. Nicky Flynn lives with his mom in a cramped townhouse outside Boston. She has left his dad and is trying (valiantly) to make it 'on her own' While Dad was advancing his career she stayed home so her job opportunities are limited and not so lucrative. Nicky misses his old life and struggles to fit into his new urban school. The transition is rough and when Mom brings home a guide dog from the pound Nicky is at first stuck with and then happy with Reggie, his first friend in the new neighborhood. This is the story of Nicky finding his way and his place in a new life that his mother is sure will be better all around. This is a great book to read recreationally. I think it may also be a story that will resonate with kids whose parents have divorced; we learn about the tricks our memories play on us to keep our world view stable. We also learn a bit about service dogs and how dedicated they are to the job required of them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This narrator starts off glum! He's been moved by his mom to a house/town/school that he has NO interest in--and then she brings home a former seeing eye dog and, get this, he DOESN'T want the dog. (Only 1 in 25 characters does NOT want a pet!) In fact Nicky's exasperated with his mom quite a bit, but he starts walking the dog and things start looking up. Strengths: serious, realistic dealing with the feelings one confronts when your mom is not all there, your dad is really not there, and the sc This narrator starts off glum! He's been moved by his mom to a house/town/school that he has NO interest in--and then she brings home a former seeing eye dog and, get this, he DOESN'T want the dog. (Only 1 in 25 characters does NOT want a pet!) In fact Nicky's exasperated with his mom quite a bit, but he starts walking the dog and things start looking up. Strengths: serious, realistic dealing with the feelings one confronts when your mom is not all there, your dad is really not there, and the school bully decides you're his best new target. Plus the dog plot ends up being pretty interesting: Nicky decides he's going to figure out why this dog got given up, and he ends up meeting all sorts of folks in and near his new town. Not quite strengths: Nicky's attitude, at least initially, can be a bit wearing. And the school bully plot is a bit predictable. The quirky-girl-as-friend is also a bit tired, even though the author tries to make her quirky in, well, quirky ways.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Keith Lazo

    This book is so cute. Same with it's cover. Nick has a big imagination and faced some problems smartly. He learned how to deal with different problems in his surroundings. I enjoyed reading this book. It's funny and adorable! I thought it's like a comical book based on it's cover but not bad.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Recommended by Jonathan. I was a little doubtful of this one. Like many YA, it starts out with a lot of parent/child antagonism (which I feel very differently about, now that I'm on this side of the coin ). In addition there are some mature topics. However, the resolution was very satisfactory and the topics were veiled skillfully - I think you would only understand what you were ready to understand. Certainly compared to some of the tawdry YA of my generation. Why did so many authors feel that Recommended by Jonathan. I was a little doubtful of this one. Like many YA, it starts out with a lot of parent/child antagonism (which I feel very differently about, now that I'm on this side of the coin ). In addition there are some mature topics. However, the resolution was very satisfactory and the topics were veiled skillfully - I think you would only understand what you were ready to understand. Certainly compared to some of the tawdry YA of my generation. Why did so many authors feel that we constantly wanted to read about drug addiction and its attendant evils? At 9? The perils of reading above grade level. Though I never did shoot smack, so score one for fiction? Interestingly, I would have given it 4 stars, had it not started out as an engaging detective story that is then allowed to totally peter out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This book wasn't bad, but something about it just got to me. The main character had a lot to overcome, but I don't feel like he really learned from any of it. He was a big big big liar! That really bothered me through the whole thing. I didn't like him at all. He used a lot of people that were very nice to him. Yes, he was dealing with a lot, including a mother who was mean to him in weird ways (like making him get a dog that he didn't want, then not doing ANYTHING to take care of the dog hersel This book wasn't bad, but something about it just got to me. The main character had a lot to overcome, but I don't feel like he really learned from any of it. He was a big big big liar! That really bothered me through the whole thing. I didn't like him at all. He used a lot of people that were very nice to him. Yes, he was dealing with a lot, including a mother who was mean to him in weird ways (like making him get a dog that he didn't want, then not doing ANYTHING to take care of the dog herself, then wanting to get rid of the dog after Nicky became attached to it) and a father who wasn't there at all. The book might appeal to kids who are just going through a divorce, but I think it would really just upset them more and make them feel like burdens to their parents through the whole thing.

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