Benji Wendell Barnsworth is a small ten-year-old boy with a big personality. Born premature, Benji is sickly and accident prone and has a tendency to faint—a lot. He’s at the hospital so often, he even has his own punch card. That is, until the day Benji wakes up from a particularly bad spell. Concerned for Benji’s health, the doctor offers him two options: wear the world’s ugliest padded helmet or get a therapy dog.
Benji chooses the dog, of course. But when a massive crate arrives at Benji’s house, out walks a two-hundred-pound Newfoundland. And that isn’t even the strangest thing
about the dog. He announces that his name is Parker Elvis Pembroke IV. That’s right, this dog can talk! And boy, is he bossy. Having a bossy dog can come in handy, though. Elvis brings out the dog lover in the most surprising people and shows Benji that making new friends may not be as scary as he once thought.
From a fresh new voice comes the hilarious and poignant story about the importance of ﬁnding your own pack.
Selected by IndieBound (Independent Booksellers Assoc) – to be one of the 10 “NEW VOICES” - which highlights books by first-time authors for both kids 8-12 and teens. The books are chosen by a committee of independent children’s booksellers from around the country. These 10 titles came from more than 70 submissions from a wide range of publishers.