The Good, the Bad & the Beagle (Hardcover)

By Catherine Lloyd Burns

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374300395, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

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Paperback (8/22/2017)

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Set in Manhattan, this is the story of feisty eleven-year-old Veronica Morgan, who believes that a furry lemon beagle from the neighborhood pet store will be the solution to the endless worries she has about life in general and friendship in particular. This is a problem, since her bumbling psychiatrist parents won't buy her the puppy she wants or stop meddling in her life at her challenging new school. But things never turn out the way you plan, particularly if you never stop expecting the worst to happen, and haven't taken a chance on being a true friend yourself.

About the Author

As an actress, Catherine Lloyd Burns has appeared on numerous television shows, including Malcolm in the Middle, E.R., Law and Order, and Al Franken's Lateline. She is the author of the children's book The Good, the Bad and The Beagle and the memoir It Hit Me Like a Ton of Bricks. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Praise For The Good, the Bad & the Beagle

“Animal lovers and insecure middle-schoolers alike will connect with this realistic portrayal of tween life.” —Booklist

“Burns approaches serious (and less serious) topics with empathy and humor, making Veronica's mistakes and recoveries as fun to read about as the boldest of adventures.” —VOYA

“Burns's visually descriptive writing brings Manhattan and Veronica's inner thoughts to life.” —School Library Journal

“Readers will find this journey back to contentment both fully believable and emotionally resonant.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Offers a warmhearted and realistic take on love, grief, and the difficulties and rewards of making human friends.” —Publishers Weekly