Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme to highlight great reads for tweens hosted at GreenBeanTeenQueen. My pick for this week is:
The Trouble with Cupid
by Laura Langston
What does Erin Morris have to do to get the school's most popular hottie, Zach Cameron, to ask her out?
When a dog food company announces a competition for the "new face of Cheesebarkers" TV ad campaign, a school committee forms to find a school mascot and train it so they can win prize money for the school. And Zach Cameron is on the committee. What better place to show off her talents as a dog trainer and impress Zach?
What's great about this book is that it deals with a very serious issue, animal rights, without hitting tween readers over the head with it. The focus is on Erin and her crush on Zach. As the competition heats up, Erin not only learns some things about Zach that make her think that maybe he's not the guy she should be after, but she also realizes that the animals in the competition are being used and might even be abused! She stands up for what she believes in and learns how to trust her own feelings and express them to others.
This was a fun, mostly light read, with several great messages...and a cute cover!