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Publisher's Summary

A charming, classic adventure tale about the scary, crazy, and heart-thumpingly joyful plunge into connecting with others.
A foxhound has spent her life behind bars, known only by the PZ-5934 tattoo in her ear. In this story, inspired by the life of a real lab dog, PZ knows nothing but a laboratory cage. She has never even seen the sun. But a super-powered diva ladybug named Dottie changes all that.
The unlikely pair undertake a hilarious and adventurous road trip through civilization and finally find a home with Olivia, a restless, solitary girl who has secrets of her own. Unexpected adventures await the dog, the girl, and the ladybug as a shocking, hidden part of their town reveals itself and everyone must sort out when to trust and when to battle.
The Nearly Calamitous Taming of PZ, lyrical and approachable, has both humor and heart. Although intended for children eight through 12, its classic unfolding and off-beat characters tickle the fancy of adults as well. It is both an adventure story and a tale with many layers - about overcoming obstacles, mining experience for what matters, and doing what is necessary, though not always desirable, for friendship. Ultimately, it is about the joy of a hard-won connection.
Taming of PZ is a fresh, poignant, wise, and sometimes downright wacky book.
"Not since Kafka has an insect risen to this level of artistic genius." (Dottie)
©2015 Martha Ritter (P)2016 Martha Ritter
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By Amazon Customer on 06-02-17

Just Amazing

This was a truly wonderful and inspiring book. How someone as beautiful as PZ could overcome the obstacles and makes friends.

This book to me is about good coming from bad, over coming fears and learning to trust. Life is constantly filled will changes and this is highly recommended. My 11 year old loved it as do I!

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By Book Lover_2015 on 07-20-17

A New Dimension to a Wonderful Novel

I am a lover of this novel, and was curious about listening to the audiobook version of a story I already loved. I wasn't disappointed: the sound quality is terrific, the character's voices are fun and engaging, and the story moves along quickly, the aural equivalent of a page-turner. All of the characters' voices are read by the author, from the diva lady bug to the frightened, hesitant sound of PZ herself. I especially loved hearing the voice of PZ, the laboratory dog who is the protagonist of the novel, who upon first reading the novel stayed with me for a long, long time.

In short, for those who want to engage with a story they love already, or for those who want to be introduced to something new, I'd highly recommend this audiobook. PZ is something, and someone, very, very special.

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