Goodnight, Boy

Reviewed by Melanie on July 6, 2017


I honestly don’t know how to begin. This single chapter book has rocked me. The heartbreakingly beautiful book is told by JC, who is talking to his dog, Boy.

JC’s story is beautiful, even though there is no real dialogue, the story moves quickly as the reader is pulled into this story of desperation, fear, love, and hope. You quickly realize that there is a very good chance that JC’s story will not have a happy ending.

From the disastrous streets of his home country to the terrifying parts of his new father, JC’s story will grab you and not let go.

This story is both heartwarming and devastating. Beautiful and horrible. I honestly can’t think of more to say about it, so I feel like I’m babbling. Pick up the book, grab a good snack, and get ready to be pulled through the emotional roller-coaster this book will take you down.

Goodnight, Boy Book Cover Goodnight, Boy
Nikki Sheehan
Childrens, Death, Middle Grades
ONEWorld Publications
July 6, 2017

A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the loss of loved ones. Tragic, comic and full of hope, thanks to a dog called Boy.

The kennel has been JC’s home ever since his new adoptive father locked him inside. For hours on end, JC sits and tells his dog Boy how he came to this country: his family; the orphanage and the Haitian earthquake that swept everything away.

When his adoptive mother Melanie rescues him, life starts to feel normal again. Until JC does something bad, something that upset his new father so much that he and Boy are banished to the kennel. But as his new father gets sicker, JC realizes they have to find a way out. And so begins a stunning story of a boy, a dog and their journey to freedom.

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