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Dog Walker
By author: Karen Spafford-Fitz
Selling Points: Humor, entrepreneuralism, dogs
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Lexile Level: HL520L
Fry Reading Level: 2.6
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"Just one question, Turk," Mom says. "Why didn't you tell us sooner?"

Mom must have read another parenting article. I can almost see the headline: Getting your Teen to Open Up to You.

"Well, er...I wanted to get my business running before I said anything. And," I put on my most innocent face, "I had this crazy idea you might think my business was something shady, stupid or immoral."

I can't tell for sure, but I think Mom and Dad almost look ashamed.


Turk needs cash, but he's allergic to his own sweat so getting a job is out of the question. Then he makes a discovery: Girls love dogs. Turk's friends will do anything to meet girls. Turk starts a dog walking business. His friends walk the dogs and Turk collects half the money. In an attempt to impress dog-loving Carly, Turk brags about his business in front of the school tough guy, Chuck. When Chuck learns the true nature of Turk's business and wants in on the action, Turk worries that he will lose his business and Carly's respect.
Canadian Book Review Annual - June 15, 2008
"A fun read...This book should appeal to both boys and girls. Recommended."
Washington State Revew Group - April 1, 2007
"A good choice for any reluctant reader...A fun and interesting story."
KLIATT - November 1, 2006
"A quick read with believable characters. Recommended for reluctant readers." - September 26, 2006
"While this fast-paced, dialogue-filled romp is a delight for all dog lovers, any reader will enjoy Turk's quick-thinking solution that has him racing to keep the girl and the dog."
VOYA - August 1, 2006
"Easy to present to reluctant readers."
Resource Links - June 1, 2006
"An amusing and clever book. Excellent."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2006
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007


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