Call Me Drog
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Call Me Drog

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Compelling, courageous and completely unforgettable, "Call Me Drog" is a classic coming-of-age story that packs a strong emotional punch. Parker is a quiet, introverted eleven-year-old boy, coming to terms with his parents' divorce, when he stumbles upon Drog, an ugly green puppet left in the rubbish. But Drog is no ordinary puppet; he's a talking, sarcastic, obnoxious puppet...who won't let go of Parker's hand! Worst of all, no one believes that Drog - not Parker - is saying all of the outrageous things that get Parker into trouble. When his best friend stops talking to him, and his dad threatens to sign him up to the Bradley Military Academy however, Parker finds that Drog is the only one he can talk to - and discovers that some of the things he says aren't all so obnoxious after all. And as Parker takes up aikido and builds up the courage to stand up to his father, he finds himself letting go of his worries...and finally, Drog lets go of his hand.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 26mm | 340.19g
  • Usborne Publishing Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409543994
  • 9781409543992
  • 531,085

About Sue Cowing

Sue Cowing was born in Illinois, U.S.A. and spent her idyllic childhood eating apples off trees, devouring fairy-tales and detective stories, and becoming the family story-teller. She taught American and Asian history for many years before giving up teaching to write full-time. Puppet Boy is her debut novel.show more

Rating details

100 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 25% (25)
4 33% (33)
3 29% (29)
2 11% (11)
1 2% (2)

Our customer reviews

Call Me Drog is one of those stories that you start with few expectations, and slowly works its way into your thoughts until you have to finish it. Parker Lockwood is an ordinary eleven year old who finds his frienships, family and emotional life turned upside down after a puppet he brings home from the junkyard refuses to release his hand from its grip. The plot moves from the superficial difficulties Parker experiences in trying to explain the puppet Drog's presence, to deeper problems of coming-of-age, including Parker's changing relationship with his father and the need to take responsibility for one's actions. Cowing manages this movement in the plot well. After the first few chapters, I had pegged this book as one for the younger end of the market, as the characters and dialogue seemed to reflect typical fare for the tween readership. However, as Parker's friendships falter and he experiences social isolation, Cowing draws the reader into a deeper examination of the psychological issues surrounding Parker's situation. I found myself genuniely interested in how the characters would resolve the multiple issues that had arisen as the story progressed. This is a page-turning read that appeals on many levels. Parker as a character is believable and endearing, the plot is light yet has enough depth to remain engaging and the resolution well-paced and satisfying. This is one YA title that is different enough to be worth a look!show more
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