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Rules of the Ruff Paperback – March 24, 2020
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About the Author
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1419737007
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419737008
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.95 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Amulet Paperbacks (March 24, 2020)
- Reading level : 8 - 12 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,098,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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12-year-old Jessie is spending her summer at her cousin's house, but finds herself with nothing to do because her cousin is too busy hanging out with a mean girl to play with her anymore. Determined not to waste her summer, she convinces Wes, a curmudgeonly dog-walker to take her on as his apprentice and teach her the Rules of the Ruff. When someone new starts to try to move in on Wes's business, Jessie plans retaliation.
Heidi Lang writes a completely convincing 12-year-old in RULES OF THE RUFF and middle-grade readers will enjoy coming along for the ride as Jessie lives out her summer. Jessie is determined and optimistic, or stubborn and unrelenting, depending on what side of her you happen to be on. She spends her summer learning not only how to walk dogs, but also about how to be a person and deal with other people. This story takes the idea of revenge and shows how it can have unintended results, and Jessie ultimately takes a steps forward into being more confident in herself and being more understanding after an exciting summer.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jessie's story and I am excited to get a copy for my classroom when it releases! As a bonus, check out the author and publisher on Twitter for cute pictures of the dogs that inspired the pack in the book!
A strong, character-driven dog story, this will appeal to readers who love animals as well as those who are looking for stories where they can dig into the characters. The relationship between Jessie and the characters around her are fascinating. Jessie stays true to herself no matter who she is dealing with - the cute boy, the mean girl, the critical aunt or the grumpy dog walker. Feast on these nuanced relationships as you enjoy this great dog - and people - story.