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The Trouble with Cupid
     

The Trouble with Cupid

by Laura Langston
 
On the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association YA Top Forty list for 2008

What does Erin Morris have to do to get the school's most popular hottie, Zach Cameron, to ask her out?

When a dog food company announces a competition for the "new face of Cheesebarkers" TV ad campaign, a school committee forms to find a school mascot and train it so they can win the

Overview

On the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association YA Top Forty list for 2008

What does Erin Morris have to do to get the school's most popular hottie, Zach Cameron, to ask her out?

When a dog food company announces a competition for the "new face of Cheesebarkers" TV ad campaign, a school committee forms to find a school mascot and train it so they can win the prize money for the school. And Zach Cameron is on the committee. What better place to show off her talents as a dog trainer and impress Zach?

At times touching and other times hilarious, The Trouble with Cupid examines a young teen's first serious crush, along with the constant struggle to find acceptance while still remaining true to her principles.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Middle grade girls will enjoy this "feel-good" story for its humor, and they will relate to Erin in her struggle to make the right choices. . . Langston creates a likeable character. Readers will be pleased with Erin's outcome."

-- VOYA

"The Trouble With Cupid will appeal to preteens and young teens who love dogs, and girls will appreciate that Erin not only takes a stand for animals but also turns down the offer of her previous dreamy crush Zach when she finds out he drinks alcohol and isn't as dreamy as she thought. . . Readers may find Cupid "a teeny weeny bit beautiful, in an ugly sort of way," just like Erin does, and look forward to any future adventures Langston has planned for them.

Recommended"

-- CM Magazine

"The story is a quick and entertaining read with believable characters. Although lighthearted, the plot introduces the themes of animal exploitation and the importance of standing up for one's principles. Erin is a sympathetic and independent protagonist, and dog lovers will identify with her affection for and loyalty to her four-legged friends."

-- School Library Journal

"Laura Langston has skillfully woven some very interesting themes into this novel."

-- Resource Links

"Simply and fluently told, it comes to a morally satisfying conclusion when all the honest people - and dogs - come out on top."

-- Victoria Times-Colonist

"This paperback would make a good addition to almost any library for young adults, because it's written in everyday simple language, easy to understand, with short uncomplicated sentence structure and a plot sure to interest any dog lover. I recommend this book for any middle school library."

-- Lane Education Service District (4 out of 5 Stars)

"While the tale has some hilarious scenes, it touches on the serious issues of animal exploitation and ethics. Dog lovers and advocates for animal rights will identify with the protagonist's dilemma. Recommended."

-- Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

Eighth-grader Erin Morris has a crush on popular Zach Cameron. The only thing they seem to have in common is that they both have a dog. When the school dance may have to be canceled because of a lack of funds, the students decide to enter the Woofer Dog Food Competition, hoping to win the $5000 prize. Unfortunately, Cupid, the bulldog that is the school mascot, becomes their candidate. His talents seem to be limited to drooling and eating. Erin is asked to train him, and Zach offers to help. In spite of some setbacks, Cupid proves to be a star, and Erin learns a lot about friendship, peer pressure, and herself when the company running the competition demonstrates more concern for their image than the wellbeing of the dogs involved. The story is a quick and entertaining read with believable characters. Although lighthearted, the plot introduces the themes of animal exploitation and the importance of standing up for one's principles. Erin is a sympathetic and independent protagonist, and dog lovers will identify with her affection for and loyalty to her four-legged friends.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554550593
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
02/11/2008
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.59(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Langston is a former journalist and CBC broadcaster, who turned to writing children's books thirteen years ago. She has published nine titles to date. A Taste of Perfection, which also features the dog-training character, Erin, was chosen for the New York City Library's Books for the Teen Age list. Brought up in Vancouver, Laura lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Check out her website at: www.lauralangston.com

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