Saturday, January 30, 2016

Featured Book: Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning

An old woman who has given up hope and a boy who believes the impossible wonder if life would be perfect at the Westminster Dog Show.

Seventy-year old Bess Rutledge has dreamed of winning the Westminster Dog Show all her life. Despite her decades-long career as one of America's top Standard Poodle breeders, she has decided she's too old to hold on to her foolish dream. She sells off all the dogs in her once famous kennel except for the aging champion McCreery and his mischievous, handsome son Breaker. Part of her senses they might have been the ones to take her to Westminster, if only she'd dared to try.

Bess meets Benny, a teenager with mild autism who attends a therapeutic special school, and learns he has a dream of his own: to impress his self-absorbed mother. Benny is drawn into the world of dog shows and becomes convinced he has found the perfect way to win his mother's attention. If he can win Westminster with either McCreery or Breaker, he just knows she will finally be proud of him. Getting Bess to go along with his plan, however, is not going to be so easy. . .

About the author:

DIANE DANIELS MANNING is the co-founder and director of The New School in the Heights, a therapeutic school in Houston, Texas, which helps children with social-emotional challenges. She is the former Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane and a practicing child psychoanalyst. She learned the inner workings of dog shows by writing an oral history of a Lifetime President of the Poodle Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the WSIFT Short Script Competition.

Up to 100% of the author's profits will be donated to charities serving animals and children. Visit

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