Rules of the Ruff
Twelve-year-old Jessie is in for a long summer at her aunt and uncle's house. Her cousin Ann has a snotty new best friend, which leaves Jessie all alone. But Jessie is industrious, and - not content with being ignored all summer - she convinces Wes, a grouchy neighborhood dog walker, to take her on as his apprentice. Sure, dog walking turns out to be harder than she expected, but she has Wes's dog-walking code, the Rules of the Ruff, to guide her, and soon she's wrangling her very own pack. But when a charismatic rival dog walker moves to town, she quickly snatches up most of Wes's business - and Jessie decides she isn't going to take this defeat with her tail between her legs.
Heidi Lang moved to the west coast to pursue her love of judo, but eventually found a new passion: dogs. She started a dog walking company in Santa Cruz and has been happily patrolling the trails with her pack ever since. If she's not hiking with her pack, she's probably writing or deep into a good book. But no matter where she is, she's almost certainly covered in dog fur. She is the co-author of the forthcoming MG fantasies A DASH OF DRAGON (Aladdin, July 2017) and A HINT OF HYDRA (Aladdin, Summer 2018), and the author of an as-yet-untitled YA SF (Razorbill, Fall 2018).