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When Mr. Dog Bites

Brian Conaghan

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.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
  • Publish Date: Feb 2nd, 2016
  • Pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.20in - 5.50in - 0.90in - 0.80lb
  • EAN: 9781681190181
  • Recommended age: 14-UP
  • Categories: Health & Daily Living - Diseases, Illnesses & InjuriesLove & RomanceSocial Themes - Emotions & Feelings

About the Author

Conaghan, Brian: -

Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His first YA novel for Bloomsbury, When Mr Dog Bites, was shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal, and his second, The Bombs That Brought Us Together, won the 2016 Costa Children's Book Award. We Come Apart, a verse novel co-authored with Carnegie Medal winner Sarah Crossan, won the 2018 UKLA Book Award, and his fourth novel, The Weight of a Thousand Feathers, won the 2018 Irish Book Award for Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year.


Praise for this book

"Insightful, engaging. . . . 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