Vociferous, boisterous third-grader Fran has difficulty controlling her behavior. She teases classmates, pushes her way around at recess, and carelessly shoves her reading buddy, injuring him. Then she wins the leading role in her school play with the caveat that she will be replaced if she misbehaves. Despite being labeled a bully, Fran remains clueless about her conduct, until she takes her Newfoundland puppy to obedience school, where both dog and child learn valuable lessons about good behavior.
The author of "Butterfly Buddies" (2001) offers another entertaining novel full of believable kids with recognizable problems.