Elvis and the Underdogs

Elvis and the Underdogs

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Overview

From Jenny Lee, writer on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up!, the number-one-rated kids' show in the country, this feel-good middle-grade novel is about a sickly boy whose life is turned upside down when he gets a therapy dog . . . who can talk!

Benji Wendell Barnsworth is a small ten-year-old boy with a big personality. Born premature, Benji is sickly, accident-prone, and at the hospital so often he even has his own punch card. So when Benji wakes up one day from a particularly bad spell, his doctors take the radical step of suggesting he get a therapy dog. But when a massive crate arrives at Benji's house, out walks a two-hundred-pound Newfoundland who can talk! And boy, is he bossy.

In this hilarious and heartwarming friendship story in the tradition of bestselling authors Gordon Korman and Carl Hiaasen, Elvis brings out the dog lover in the most surprising people and shows Benji that making new friends may not be as scary as he once thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062235558
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Elvis and the Underdogs Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 375,771
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jenny Lee is a writer and producer on the new ABC Family sitcom Young & Hungry. She was also a writer and producer of the TBS sitcom Ground Floor and the Disney Channel's number-one-rated kids' show Shake It Up for all three seasons. The author of four humor essay books, Jenny is also the author of Elvis and the Underdogs. She lives in Los Angeles with her 110-pound Newfoundland, Doozy (and yes, it's a toss-up on who's walking whom every day).

Kelly Light is an author and illustrator who now lives in New York but grew up down the shore in New Jersey surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors, and Skee-Ball sounds. She was schooled on Saturday-morning cartoons and Sunday funny pages. She picked up a pencil, started drawing, and never stopped. She has illustrated two chapter book series: Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee, and the Quirks by Erin Soderberg. She is the author-illustrator of Louise Loves Art and Louise and Andie.

Find her online at www.kellylight.com.

What People are Saying About This

Emily Jenkins

“That Elvis is a dog of dogs: the smartest, the bravest, the funniest. Also, the biggest. No wonder Benji’s adventures with him are hilarious and action-packed! Such a very fun read.”

Chris Rylander

“It’s impossible not to fall in love with Elvis and Benji. And here I thought I was the only person who actually had conversations with his dog…”

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Elvis and the Underdogs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a funny story with lots of heart.
neverwearmatchingsox More than 1 year ago
Benjamin aka Benji, Benj, Baby, was born a preemie. He is always at the hospital and by always I mean he goes so often he his favorite nurse created a punch card for him. Benji has trouble making friends, doesn't play sports and has twin older brothers who are always picking on him. When Benj has a seizure at school his doctor says he either has to wear a protective helmet or get a service dog. Considering he has allergies to dogs, his parents opt for the helmet even though Benji begs them not to. When life becomes unbearable with the helmet, the parents finally agree to the service dog. However, the dog that arrives is much, MUCH larger than they expected. Not only that, the dog is grumpy...at least that's what Benji thinks. A story about friendship, diversity and love this story is one I am definitely adding to the collection at school! I've already read book 2 (I actually read it first:-) and am so hopeful that Jenny Lee will continue with the series.
CortyC More than 1 year ago
Elvis and the Underdogs is an amazing book! It has fun loving characters worth caring for, a complex plot and makes young kids feeling very good! I highly recommend this book :) 100 stars! Worth every penny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard vocab for third grade.