Monday, September 22, 2014

The Good, the Bad & the Beagle by Catherine Lloyd Burns

Veronica Morgan wants a dog.  She wants the caramel colored beagle at the pet store, but her parents aren't excited about getting a dog.  When she goes to the pet store after school and finds the dog gone, she has a panic attack and can't even tell her parents what's wrong!

Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 14th, so you can find a copy at the bookstore then.

This is the tale of a girl changing schools and trying to make friends in a new environment.  She's not sure who's in and who isn't, who she would like best, and what parties she's supposed to attend.  She's doing okay, but she sure needs her beagle time.  Petting him and holding him is the best thing in her life right now.

When the dog comes up missing, she comes home in tears.  Her parents think the worst and are very concerned about her.  Then Veronica sees the dog.  They bought it for her!

What comes next is a spoiler.  If you don't want to know more at this point, stop reading and go on about your business.  I feel a need to disclose major story components so people realize what kind of book it is.  Here goes:

Cadbury is the perfect dog for her.  She walks him and the little upstairs dog no one else can stand and does her pooper scooper duties as she should.  Life is good.  Until Cadbury slows down and doesn't seem to have any energy anymore.  Poor boy has an oversized heart and won't survive.

Veronica spends all her time with him.  Forget parties, school, and life otherwise.  It does no good in the long run, but she's devoted to her dog.  Once he's gone, her parents encourage her to engage life again until she finally has no choice.  She goes to visit one of the school girls and they aren't sympathetic to her loss.  In revenge, she cuts up the girl's cashmere sweaters.  No good will come of this.

She has much to learn about life but by the end of the book, she's doing better.  Especially when she finds out the upstairs neighbor's dogs had puppies...

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