Book Review: Wild & Chance by, Allen Zadoff

For me, Middle Grade books are a great escape when I am in a reading rutt. That’s why I am thrilled to be a part of the official blog tour for Wild & Chance by, Allen Zadoff. I shared this book with my three children, all middle grade readers, and this post is a compilation of their thoughts and mine.

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Genre: Middle Grade, Children’s


Sit. Speak. Survive the chase.

A girl wakes up trapped on a sinking ship with no memory of who she is and nothing but her instinct to survive. She fights her way to freedom, only to discover two incredible facts: She is a dog, and she can understand human speech. She soon befriends a thirteen-year-old boy named Chance who gives her a name of her own-Wild.

But Wild and Chance find themselves running for their lives, pursued by relentless Animal Control officers. Joined by a mysterious hacker girl named Junebug, the unlikely trio fights for survival while trying to solve the mystery of Wild’s extraordinary strength, superintelligence, and high-tech collar.

Equal parts heart-pounding action and heartfelt journey, Wild & Chance grabs the reader from page one and never lets go.

Allen Zadoff is the author of the new thriller series, The Unknown Assassin which earned starred reviews and is being developed as a feature film by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. His YA novel, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award and was a YALSA selection for Most Popular Paperbacks of 2012. His second novel was My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, the story of a techie hiding from life after a family tragedy. His third novel Since You Left Me is set in Los Angeles and tells the story of a religious school student who doesn’t believe. He also wrote the memoir for adults, Hungry:Lessons Learned on the Journey from Fat to Thin.

Allen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Harvard University Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. Visit him on the web at

•     1 copy of WILD & CHANCE by Allen Zadoff
•     US Only
•     The prize may be delayed due to shipping centers being affected by COVID-19.

In January, my family adopted a 1-year-old Beagle mix named Elsa. It’s amazing the difference that a dog can make for a family, especially now that we are all stuck in the house together. Since Elsa’s arrival, I’ve been reading more and more books about dogs. This is very new to me since I really am (or maybe was) a cat person.

When given the chance to review Wild & Chance, I leapt at the opportunity for a few reasons. First, there’s a dog on the cover. Second, it’s a middle grade book and I am currently trapped in the house with three middle grade readers. Third, it was a bit of action and adventure that my family could enjoy together.

And so, we started reading… My children are in 8th, 6th and 3rd grades with varying tastes in books. Wild & Chance was great for all of them! There was enough action to keep them interested and the characters were likeable and relatable. The end of the book left enough room for more books to come, which is always appreciated as well.

For me, this is not a book that I necessarily would have picked up on my own, but I must say it was a fun, quick read that I was able to finish in one afternoon. I am always thrilled to find a book that I can share with my kids and we can talk about together. This was the perfect “stuck at home” read that we all needed!

The overall consensus for this book is 4 Sips. Three sips from me as a grown adult and five sips from my kids – so an average of 4 sips. A great family read!

Hear more about Wild & Chance throughout the entire blog tour!

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