HOW I, NICKY FLYNN, FINALLY GET A LIFE (AND A DOG)
A "Top 10" pick for the Kids' Indie Next List and New England Children's Booksellers Advisory Council
Nicky Flynn’s life just got a whole lot harder. Not only have Nicky’s parents just gone through a messy divorce—forcing him to start a new life, in a new city, in a new school—but now his mom has totally gone behind his back and brought home Reggie, an eighty-pound German shepherd, from the animal shelter. Turns out, Reggie is far from an ordinary pound mutt: he’s a former seeing-eye dog. Trouble is, nobody’s ever told Reggie he’s retired…
Nicky isn’t so sure about being dragged around the neighborhood as if he were Reggie’s new blind master. (Oh great, yet another situation he has no control over!) But then things start to get complicated, and Nicky soon discovers that Reggie may be the only one he can rely on. Especially when Nicky tries to reconnect with his dad. He puts everything on the line—including the life of his new best friend.
Praise for Nicky Flynn...
[An] auspicious debut... [T]he title character's slightly sarcastic voice rings tween-true... Art Corriveau follows up a first novel for adults with this fine, fresh mystery that is believable as a kid's experience.
Summer 2010 Kids' Indie Next List
Nicky Flynn has to cope with his parent's recent divorce, a move to the city, and a new school. His mother's adoption of their new dog Reggie complicates the picture, especially because Reggie used to be a seeing-eye dog, but doesn't realize that his new owners can see just fine! A funny and heart-warming novel!
—Caitlin Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
Readers will be fascinated with this exciting, fun-filled book that will keep their attention through the unexpected things that happen to Nicky and Reggie.
[A] touching and engrossing story... Corriveau includes cultural and geographical facts about Boston without weighing the story down. Nicky should appeal to readers who have had troubles at home or have struggled to fit in.
New England Children's Booksellers Advisory Council
Spring 2010 "Top Ten" List
The author has integrated fascinating material about guide dogs and visual disabilities, so the book would be a great teaching asset – but he’s also constructed it so tightly, with plenty of snappy dialogue, it’ll keep readers hooked on the story, and would make a terrific screenplay as well.
—Carol Chittenden, Eight Cousins Bookstore, Falmouth, MA
School Library Journal
The story is told in the authentic voice of a boy who is dealing with too much upheaval in his life... Young people, especially those who have had to take on responsibility at home, will enjoy the story.
There's a lot going on in this story: making new friends, adjusting to school and family changes, dealing with flawed parents, even the training of guide dogs. Corriveau weaves in interesting information about Boston's Freedom Trail and provides significant suspense when Nicky and Reggie actually run away. An appealing boy-and-dog story.
What will hold readers is the young runaway’s elemental bond with his loyal sidekick shown in descriptions that cover not only the dog’s training but when Nicky messes up and even endangers his pet. The characters are vividly drawn without sentimentality, especially Mom; Nicky’s Latina classmate, who tries to be his friend; and the bullies who come to respect him for running away.
It was hard for me to put this book down. The characters slip off the page with ease and Reggie is so lovable... How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally Get a Life (and a Dog) is a marvelous book because the story is enveloping, all the characters were real and Reggie is the cutest dog ever.
—Megan, age 11
Modern Dog Magazine
Connie's Book Club Selection, Spring 2010
With a believable and engrossing story, Nicky Flynn will help younger readers understand and deal with their own emotions and feelings when changes in their lives seem unfair and out of their control, while emphasizing the power of the unconditional companionship dogs provide.
"A heartfelt alternative to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson."
—The Santa Fean
Available wherever books are sold
Ages 9 to 13
Published in paperback as:
HOW I GOT A LIFE AND A DOG