Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko - Dogtown!

Join us for a dog-gone great evening with Katharine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko!

W e are paws-itively over the moon to share that THE Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko are coming to our Little Shop to tell us all about their newest middle grade masterpiece, Dogtown!! This story about a shelter that houses both real and robo dogs is bound to steal your heart and we absolutely CANNOT WAIT to put this book in your hands! See below for all the deets on this bookish paw-ty AND how you can help us support our friends over at LifeLine Animal Project!


Admission: $0 that's right, this event is free to attend! However, you still need to "purchase" a ticket for every person who plans to attend. Please reserve your spot here!

You must purchase a copy of the book from Little Shop in order to enter the signing line. Preorder your copy below!


Little Shop of Stories - Upstairs event space

About the Book:

Dogtown is a shelter for stray dogs, misbehaving dogs, and discarded robot dogs, whose owners have outgrown them.

Chance, a real dog, has been in Dogtown since her owners unwittingly left her with irresponsible dog-sitters who skipped town.

Metal Head is a robot dog who dreams of being back in a real home.

And Mouse is a mouse who has the run of Dogtown, pilfering kibble, and performing clever feats to protect the dogs he loves.

When Chance and Metal Head embark on an adventure to find their forever homes, there is danger, cheese sandwiches, a charging station, and some unexpected kindnesses along the way.

About the Authors:

Katherine Applegate is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of beloved and award-winning books for young readers, including Odder, Home of the Brave, Crenshaw, Wishtree, Willodeen, and The One and Only Ivan, for which she won the Newbery Medal. She is also the author of the Animorphs series, and a beginning reader series, Doggo and Pupper, illustrated by Charlie Alder. Katherine Applegate lives in Southern California with her family.

Gennifer Choldenko’s best known Tales from Alcatraz series has been called “A cornerstone series in contemporary children’s literature.” Al Capone Does My Shirts—the first book in the series—was a Newbery Honor Book and the recipient of twenty other awards. All four books in the series were Junior Library Guild selections and garnered many starred reviews. Gennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her loyal husband and naughty dog.

LifeLine Animal Project:

Little Shop of Stories is proud to partner with LifeLine Animal Project, an Atlanta nonprofit with a mission of ending the shelter euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals. Representatives from LifeLine will kick off our event with a short talk about how to best advocate for shelters and their care, especially for young people. We will also be holding a donation drive for them, so please see the picture below for a list of all the items they need.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
133A East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
Dogtown (A Dogtown Book #1) By Katherine Applegate, Gennifer Choldenko, Wallace West (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250811608
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 19th, 2023

From beloved authors Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko and with illustrations from Wallace West, Dogtown is at once an uplifting story and a page-turning adventure, sure to find a forever home in readers’ hearts.

Dogtown is a shelter for stray dogs, misbehaving dogs, and discarded robot dogs, whose owners have outgrown them.