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. Volume XIV Number 21. . . .June 13, 2008
Erin, the dog-training heroine of Langston's earlier novels A Taste of Perfection and Perfect Blue, is now in Grade 9 at Carson Heights Junior High in North Vancouver, BC. Her upcoming spring school dance is in jeopardy because the school lacks the funds due to renovations, but the school enters a competition for Woofer's Dog Food Corporation to have the winning dog (possibly belonging to one of their students) be the new mascot of CheeseBarkers, a coveted honour which comes with a prize of $5000, plus a cameo appearance in the new music video by the Welsh rock band Tawp Dawg. While Erin has high hopes that her three legged retriever Mr. Lavender Blue will be the nominated dog, it is instead Cupid, the crazy school mascot bulldog, who is chosen for the competition, and Erin must use her dog whispering skills to help train the rambunctious dog to perform a flashy dance routine in a video.
This comes as no easy task to Erin, who is struggling in Math, spends her afternoons volunteering at the SPCA, and generally salivating over the dreamy Zach Cameron. To make matters worse, lately her best friend Rachel has started hanging out with the "popular" mean girls and has not been very supportive to Erin. Inevitably Cupid becomes one of the finalists and nearly wins the competition, but Erin (and the dog's owner, school secretary Miss Pickering) is given the ultimatum that Cupid will need some doggy plastic surgery before being considered ,and she takes a stand against animal cruelty and the entire competition. Tawp Dawg commend Erin for her strength, denounce the contest and instead donate the needed money to the school, as well as $10,000 to the SPCA on Erin's behalf.
Jen Waters is the Teen Services Librarian at the Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, AB.
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