Eleven year old, Emily Hanover learns that her neighbor’s golden retriever had a litter of pups. Mutt pups! When she finds out her neighbor doesn’t want them, Emily is determined to rescue them and keep them a secret. She soon discovers that puppies are loud, always hungry, and a whole lot of work! How is she going to keep them fed AND keep them hidden? Emily takes on the challenge! And maybe, just maybe, if she does a good job, she can convince her parents to let her keep a pup for herself. Set in a small Michigan town in the mid-1960’s, Emily learns how to stand up for herself, be true to her commitments, and to never, ever give up. This book is geared toward upper elementary school kids, ages 9 – 12.
First review: “Emily is a sixth grader with a lot on her mind and a lot going on in life! The story draws you in right from the beginning and each chapter left me wanting to go to the next. This is a good read for ages 10-12. I enjoyed the infusion of family experience during the Vietnam war but also the normal day to day references; which in today’s high-tech atmosphere is a welcome reflection.” L. Peters
Another great review is from Bill McCloud, The VVA Veteran, Books in Review II. Bill “got” my story. He summarized it beautifully and that makes me feel “oh, so good.” I’m very happy to have received a veteran’s review on the Vietnam Veterans of America booksite. (Note: As a backdrop to my story, Emily’s brother is serving in the Vietnam War. They keep in touch via letters. It was very important to me to make sure the info on the war was 100% accurate (or as best it could be). So I had three veterans answer some questions. Only then did I start placing their responses into the story.)