Product Description An award-winning mystery writer presents in his first book for all ages the story of three canine friends, including fading movie star Buddy, rough-and-tumble loner Antwan, and pampered Miss Betty, who privately envy each other's lives of comfort, wild freedom, and family. From School Library Journal Grade 5-8âLeonard's knack for creating intriguing, strong characters is evident in his first children's book. While chasing down his latest meal, Antwan, a hip-talking coyote, makes his way into a Hollywood home, where he meets two dogsâBuddy, an aging film star, and Miss Betty, a champion poodle. In a reversal of roles, Buddy decides that living in the Hollywood Hills as a wild dog with Antwan's homeboys would suit him just fine and he talks the coyote into taking his place as a pampered pet. He comes up with a plan to convince his owners that Antwan is actually a stray dog, and the coyote is soon adopted. After many misadventures and subplots, including Miss Betty's scheme to kidnap a cat for Buddy to rescue in order to help the German shepherd overcome his feelings of being a has-been, the animals land back in their original location, feeling content with the way things have ended. Leonard's enlightening descriptions of the movie business may please adults more than youngsters, but all readers will delight in the growing friendship among the characters. Humorous black-and-white drawings with red accentsâBuddy's film trademark is a red bandannaâadd further interest. âEllen Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright Â© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review âElmore Leonard may be the last hope for the printed word â¦â (St. Petersburg Times) âA master of narrativeâ (The New Yorker) âThe man knows how to grab you.â (Entertainment Weekly) âElmore Leonard could not write a flat book if he tried.â (New York Newsday) âA master storyteller.â (Los Angeles Times Book Review) âLeonard gives us as much serious fun per word as anyone around.â (New York Times Book Review) âEverything Elmore Leonard touches turns to gold.â (Boston Globe) âThere just isnât a better writer of an adventure yarn than Elmore Leonard.â (Chattanooga Free Press) âElmore Leonardâs writing is as lean as a good steak.â (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) âThe coolest, hottest writer in America.â (Chicago Tribune) About the Author Elmore Leonard has written more than three dozen books during his highly successful writing career, including the bestsellers Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, and his most recent critically acclaimed collection of short stories, When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. He is the recipient of the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Bloomfield Village, Michigan.