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The Dog Ate My E-Reader

When we started lending e-readers in my school library last year, I expected there would be some damaged devices. I envisioned the occasional drop, or maybe a backpack smash. I didn’t see this coming:

That’s right: “My dog ate my e-reader”. People have joked that arming students with devices would eliminate the age old “My dog ate my homework” excuse. I now officially beg to differ.

But there is a bright side to this story – thanks to the two-year protection plan we purchased, we already have a new e-reader ready to go (and don’t have to charge the student for the full price of a replacement).

Side note: if you ever want to entertain B&N employees, bring in an e-reader that has been devoured by a dog – this heap of mangled plastic was a big hit.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Oh my goodness! I could see my dog doing this, unfortunately.