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When Mr. Dog Bites

Brian Conaghan


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All Dylan Mint has ever wanted is to keep his Tourette's in check and live life as a "normal" teenager. The swearing, the tics, the howling "dog" that escapes when things are at their worst—nothing about Tourette's makes it easy to meet cute girls or have normal friends (or many friends at all). But a routine hospital visit changes everything—Dylan overhears that he's going to die. In an attempt to claim the life he's always wanted, he decides to grant himself parting wishes, or "Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It". In an intimate portrayal of life with Tourette's, Dylan's journey to come to terms with the disorder that has defined his life and his preconceptions about the world around him is hilarious, painful and, ultimately, utterly masterful.

Praise For When Mr. Dog Bites

“Insightful, engaging . . . The language is authentic, given the protagonist's disorder. This is an uninhibited and compelling look inside the mind of a teen living with Tourette's.” —School Library Journal

“Dylan is a wonderful character--hopeful in the face of death, loving despite the slurs and cruelty he faces, and incredibly loyal to Amir . . . This is an unusual coming-of-age tale that is thoroughly engaging.” —VOYA

“Charming . . . Dylan is smart and caring, and beneath his realistically portrayed condition, he is a normal teenager with relatable concerns. As Dylan would say, this one is 'A-mayonnaise-ing.'” —Booklist

“The book does a nice job of showing a teen coping with more than his disorder . . . Teens will laugh their way through to find Dylan's heart of gold.” —BCCB

“Readers will laugh out loud.” —Library Media Connection

Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781619633469, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2014

About the Author

Brian Conaghan was born in 1971. He was raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives and works as a teacher in Dublin. He is the author of The Boy Who Made It Rain and has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. Over the years Brian has made his dosh as a painter and decorator, a barman, a DJ, an actor, a teacher and now a writer. He currently lives in Dublin with two beauties who hinder his writing: his wife Orla and daughter Rosie.

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