Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing

Call Me Drog

Written by Sue Cowing

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April 2012 Debut of the Month. Parker’s got a lot of demons to face as he struggles to come to terms with his parent’s separation and his father’s expectations of him. He thinks he’s coping alright until he finds Drog in the dump. An ugly hand puppet, once on, Drog refuses to come off and he has a lot of things to say for himself – and for Parker. Goaded by Drog, Parker faces up to his fears in this moving coming of age story. Compelling, courageous and unforgettable, Call Me Drog is a classic coming-of-age story that packs a strong emotional punch.

A Piece of Passion from the Editor who acquired this debut novel:

'Be prepared, readers! Once you pick up CALL ME DROG, you'll find it IMPOSSIBLE to put down - kind of like Drog himself! I've never met anyone like this crazy puppet before. Drog is loud, rude, unpredictable, and at first, I actually found him a bit creepy. But once you get used to him, you'll see that deep down Drog's not all bad. Okay, so he gets eleven-year-old Parker into tons of trouble, but that's only because Drog won't stop talking. In fact, some of the things he says are kind of shocking…but I'll let you find that out for yourself. Just be warned - once you read this book, you won’t be able to stop talking about Drog.' Stephanie King, Fiction Editor, Usborne Publishing


Call Me Drog by Sue Cowing

Parker is a quiet, introverted eleven-year-old boy, coming to terms with his parents' divorce, when he stumbles upon Drog, an ugly green puppet left in the rubbish. But Drog is no ordinary puppet; he's a talking, sarcastic, obnoxious puppet...who won't let go of Parker's hand! Worst of all, no one believes that Drog - not Parker - is saying all of the outrageous things that get Parker into trouble. When his best friend stops talking to him, and his dad threatens to sign him up to the Bradley Military Academy however, Parker finds that Drog is the only one he can talk to - and discovers that some of the things he says aren't all so obnoxious after all. And as Parker takes up aikido and builds up the courage to stand up to his father, he finds himself letting go of his worries...and finally, Drog lets go of his hand.


"Strange, creepy, amazing!”
- Kathleen Duey, author of Skin Hunger, National Book Award finalist

“A unique look at speaking your mind.”
- Booklist

“[An] inventive tale of puppetry and empowerment.”
- Richard Peck

“A riveting read, one that will stay with you long after the covers are closed.”
Kathi Appelt, author of The Underneath, Newbery Honor Book and National Book Award finalist

About the Author

Sue Cowing

Sue Cowing was born in Illinois, U.S.A. and spent her idyllic childhood eating apples off trees, devouring fairy-tales and detective stories, and becoming the family story-teller. She taught American and Asian history for many years before giving up teaching to write full-time. Call Me Drog is her debut novel.

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Usborne Publishing Ltd

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1st April 2012




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