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Reviewed by Lorraine Carey for Readers' Favorite
"A New Leash on Life" will keep young readers spellbound and it makes us on the edge of our seat reading! Here a cranky police officer gets a shot at reincarnation to be able to enter Heaven if he is able to help a family in need. Many children may identify with the needs of this family as they face their own challenges. He is labeled a Jerk and must take on a much challenging mission on earth. The death of the police officer is written on the lighter side with much detail for humor. The twist is that the officer comes back as his K9 who carries on his quick wit and snarly sense of humor. And the family he is teamed up with has a boy who is just as spunky as he is. You cannot help falling in love with this snappy tongued dog. Here we find cops and robbers, computer toys, and even high tech embezzlement going on as Spencer (mission dog) joins forces with Justin and his sidekick to uncover a plot to destroy his father’s company and reputation. Children will laugh throughout the story as the doggie humor is exceptional! Everyone here, except for the bad guys, gets a new leash on life! This story has a valuable lesson to be learned. There are surprises around every corner and no let down time. I can tell you I smell a great Disney Movie here!
Erna Mueller’s sense of humor is right on target for children in grades three through the middle grades. I can tell you she has captured all the concepts that make for a motivated reader here. As a veteran reading specialist I will have this on my top list and will rant and rave as I will spread the word out there to schools that this would be a great literature adoption.