Win a signed copy of Fetching! Details at the end of this post.

Once the bell rings, look around. You may not have noticed them at first, not in the way you think, but they’re everywhere. Racing down the halls, lapping up their lunches, lazing around the classrooms, playing fetch in the gym.

There are the toy breeds, society’s spoiled little darlings, and the terriers, who really sink their teeth into things. There are the working breeds, who let nothing get in the way of an A.

There are the sporting breeds, who are better on the field than in the classroom, and the non-sporters, who are still sniffing out their niches.

There are hounds, who can smell fear a mile away, and there are herders, who are always looking for a pack.

There are mad dogs and female dogs, pit bulls and bulldogs. There are lapdogs and pets, puppies and runts.

Dogs. Every middle school has them.

Welcome to mine.

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Kiera Stewart

 About the book:

Olivia has just about had it with the popular kids at school. She and her friends have done nothing to deserve humiliating pranks and mean name-calling, but that doesn’t stop queen bee Brynne from tormenting them. If only Olivia’s classmates were more like the dogs she helps her grandmother train—poorly behaved, but improvable. Then Olivia hatches a brilliant plan: she and her friends will modify their tormentors’ behavior with the same kind of training that works on dogs. Using cues and responses, and distractions and rewards get better results than anyone could have guessed. But will popularity get Olivia what she really wants?

What people are saying:

“…Olivia’s warm and charmingly self-deprecating narrative voice relates her feelings with a surprising and touching expressiveness.”–Kirkus

“Stewart offers a handy and easily understood metaphor to color the intricacies of middle-school relationships in a way that paints

each character as multidimensional and real.”–Booklist

“Entertaining…Give this one to tweens looking for a lighter take on mean girls and middle-school life.”–School Library Journal

Released: November 8, 2011

About the author:

Kiera Stewart is a writer for teens and tweens. Her qualifications include never having gotten wisdom teeth. She’s been writing since she was five, but with titles such as “Mixed Feelings,” “Old Monster, the Bees, and Karen,” and the self-congratulory, “The Amazing Story!” it’s no wonder FETCHING is her first published novel. She’s currently at work on her second tween novel and lives near Washington, D.C., with her family and dog, Casper. You can visit her at


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