Timminy, not Timothy, is moving into the country to some boring town, and has to start middle school there. He knows that middle school will be hard, because he has the height of a 2nd grader. As a surprise, his parents get him a dog named Maxi. They discover that Maxi is deaf. Timminy also makes a blind friend named Abby. Abby does not let her being blind stop her from being a middle schooler. Will Timminy get through middle school without being made fun of for his height, or will he start living in a gym locker? Read Maxi’s Secrets (Or, What You Can Learn From a Dog) to find out!
I really like this book. I never really liked dog books, but many people told me it was good. This book is filled with emotion and it is about a kid’s school and home life. The author, Lynn Plourde, did a great job on showing details in the book. The part that I liked the most was when Abby and TImminy had conversations when Maxi was there. I also loved how at the end of each chapter, there was a little life lesson that relates to the chapter. I would rate this book a 4 star because I really liked it. I would recommend this book to 10-13-year-old people who love dogs. I think that people who like realistic fiction should also read it. I think that this 262 page book is totally worth reading and I would recommend it to anyone.