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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Matty Doolin by Catherine Cookson. Matty Doolin by Catherine Cookson. Matty is fifteen and, in his Tyneside home in the s, this means it is time for him to leave school and follow his father into the docks and get a job in ship building.
All Matty really wants, however, is to work with animals, tend them, help them and care for them. Yet, finally, it is because of Nelson that Matty gets permission to go on a camping holiday with his friends, Joe and Willie. And this holiday, on a farm high on the fells, will take Matty through unexpected dangers but to a new and satisfying way of life.
An exciting and heartwarming tale that will strike a chord of recognition with all children with a desire to choose their own path in life. Get A Copy. Paperback , Piccolo , pages. Published May 1st by Pan Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Matty Doolin , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Matty Doolin. Nov 12, Momoka Yamaguchi rated it liked it. Oxford level2 2. A boy- a dog- a dream- farmer- a camp-happening- life 4. The main character ,the boy is very cute! His dream is wonderful. I feel that having dream is wonderful. View 1 comment. Feb 12, Tori rated it liked it. This is definitely an older book telling about life during a simpler time.
I think the level is good for my ESL students, but for those who have never been to America, this could be very misleading about how current life is in the States. A boy, Matty who is fifteen-year-old, had a dog,Nelson and he took care the dog. He loves animals, so he wants to work with animals in the future. Also he wants to work at a farm so he wanted to quite school and go to work, but his father didn't permit about it. One day, his father killed Nelson so Matty was disappointed him, so he decided to leave his home and go to camping with his friends.
Camping has a little p 1. Camping has a little problem that they have to do everything by himself. He is only fifteen years old, so he needs to help his parents and he knows thankfulness from parents. His father allowed him to work on a farm, so he tried it. Then, I like the sentence that "He worked hard, and enjoyed it all, even the dirty, smelly jobs.
I think it is important not to give up own dreams from this sentence. From this book, I learned to have a dream is good and important. This book is given wishes to us, so I recommend this book. Apr 22, Takano Mayu rated it really liked it.
Oxford, level2 2. His father killed dog, Matty was very disappointed. So his father allowed him to go camping to farm to encourage him.
Matty was happy to work in farm, bad his friends was not interested in it so Matty was not fun about it. And he was not friendly and cooperative. Later, Matty grew about mental. This book w 1. This book was written its proses. At first, Matty did not get along with her, they helped each other and Matty protect her when they met with disaster.
I could know his growth of him and I feel relief. This story told me importance of friend ship and cooperation. However Matty's father disagreed the job Matty wanted to do, Matty never gave up his dream and could persuade his father.
As he do, I want to not give up my dream as a possible. Jan 13, Sayaka Moriyama rated it really liked it. My answer Yes, I do. I did it while I was in Canada. I like outdoor, so that time was awesome for me, though my friends were surprised to me.
I camped in a orchard to work and to live for about 3 months. Even except that experience, I have camped many times with my family. What I think about the book. I also have two dogs in my home, so i wonder what i will think about my life when they die in sudden. Nov 01, Henrik Havighorst rated it it was ok. This certainly has the feeling of a children's classic, a character and his dog, hardliner but soft-hearted parents and some goofball friends. However, the story never jumps off the handle and turns into one of those Enid Blyton adventure stories but stays focussed on serious and realistic issues.
While this makes it a good, educating read for YA readers, it kind of makes it not worth picking up for seasoned readers of fiction because the 'ending' and resolution can be smelled a mile off and r This certainly has the feeling of a children's classic, a character and his dog, hardliner but soft-hearted parents and some goofball friends. While this makes it a good, educating read for YA readers, it kind of makes it not worth picking up for seasoned readers of fiction because the 'ending' and resolution can be smelled a mile off and resembles a modern fairy tale about what comes to hard working people and people that are nice to animals and prefer nature over urban environments.
Hence, the last 50 pages were just a bland roll-up of the remaining strings and quite anti-climatic. A shame really, but I will give one of Cookson's other books a chance and hope she dares to tread in more speculative fictional waters there. Oct 19, Hiroki rated it really liked it. He is retiring, so he could not talk about his feeling to his father.
Then, he began to help to take care of the animals in the farm near his house. However, his father tought to him to stop helping the animals in the farm. Then, he said this line. I was moved because he tought his feeling to his father first. I could feel his growth through the animals. It was so sad for me, but I could feel his growth through the story, so I could feel brisk feeling after reading.
May 06, Yui rated it really liked it. Oxford Level2 2. Remember, if you want something in this life,you have to work to get it. I like this passage because it makes Matty strong and changed him mind.
Share Print. Classics, modern fiction, non-fiction and more. Matty is fifteen and is leaving school in a few weeks' time. He wants to work with animals, and would like to get a job on a farm. But his parents say he's too young to leave home - he must stay in the town and get a job in shipbuilding, like his father. They also say he can't go on a camping holiday with his friends. And they say he can't keep his dog, Nelson, because Nelson barks all day and eats his father's shoes.
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She was born illegitimate and into poverty with a mother who was, at times, an alcoholic and violent. From the age of thirteen, Catherine suffered from hereditary hemorrhage telangiectasia. She also believed, for many years, that she was abandoned as a baby and that her mother was actually her older sister. Catherine wrote her first short story, "The Wild Irish Girl," at the age of eleven and sent it to the South Shields Gazette, which sent it back in three days. She left school at the age of thirteen to work as a maid for the rich and powerful.
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