Author: Sue Cowing
Published: September 1, 2011
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Science Fiction
You Will Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing was a strong attempt at a pretty dark middle grade story. Parker is a sixth grade boy that likes to search through the local junkyard with his best friend. One day while at the junkyard, Parker discovers a green hand puppet sticking up out of a trashcan. He is immediately intrigued and decides to put it on his hand. Little did Parker know, the hand puppet would come alive and refuse to let go of his hand.
Once the hand puppet has latched onto his hand, it begins to talk, but of course the puppet will only talk to Parker and no one else. So no one believes him when he says that the puppet is alive. After introducing himself to Parker as Drog, Drog begins to torment Parker and make his life difficult.
Parker’s parents are split up and while his mom tries to be super supportive, Parker’s dad thinks he is doing this for attention and is preparing to send Parker to a military school for boys. Parker must do whatever possible to get Drog off his hand before his dad has him sent away.
I enjoyed the story, but felt that it lasted way too long. It seemed as if the author could have wrapped it up a few chapters early, but decided not to and then the ending felt abrupt. Decent story, but wouldn’t read it again. 3/5