Houston, TX, June 02, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Benny Neusner, a 13 year-old boy with mild autism and ADHD, spends his days dreaming up ways to please his neglectful mother and avoid work at the special school he attends. He just knows if he won Westminster, the world’s greatest dog show, it would make his mother smile. He falls in love with McCreery, a has-been champion Standard Poodle and dreams McCreery could be the Best in Show, but McCreery belongs to another. His owner, 70 year-old Bess Rutherford, was once the greatest breeder of champion Standard Poodles in America. Now she has razed her famous Umpawaug Kennels, sold off all her remaining dogs except McCreery and given up her lifelong dream of winning Best in Show at Westminster—a feat she has actually never attempted for unknown reasons. Can a lonely boy who has never succeeded at anything in his life find a way to combine his dream and Bess,’ heal two families and create an ending that is almost perfect?
Praise for "Almost Perfect":
"A charming novel about a troubled young dog owner that will appeal to readers of all ages." - Kirkus Reviews.
"Almost Perfect" is available in print, audio and eBook formats.
By Diane Daniels Manning
ISBN: 978-0578136394 (print)
ISBN: 978-0578136400 (ebook)
Genre: Family Drama, Saga
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 dealing with social-emotional challenges find success in school and life. She has a Ph.D. in Education and a post-doctoral M.P.H from Harvard and is a practicing child psychoanalyst certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association. Formerly, she was the Director of the Reading and Learning Disabilities Clinic at Tufts University, Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard, and Chair of the Department of Education at Tulane University. She learned the inner workings of dog show kennels by writing an authorized oral history of a lifetime President of the Poodle of Club of America. Her writing awards include the Faulkner-Wisdom Novella Prize and the Women in Film and Television Short Script Competition.
When not at The New School, Diane and her writing partners, a Standard Poodle named Misty and a rescue cat named Elvira, convene at the keyboard to share great thoughts and plan the dinner menu.
For review copies, author interviews, or more information please contact:
Diane Daniels Manning
Email: dianedanielsmanning (at) aol.com
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