Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee

Elvis and the Underdogs book cover; a large blue dog is behind a african american girl with a soccerball, a blonde boy with arms crossed, and a boy with black hair holding a laptop“Dr. Helen opened a box and pulled out a green helmet…”

Benji Wendell Barnsworth, who was born premature, is the smallest in his grade and constantly bullied. Prone to getting sick he also has a scary tendency of fainting without any warning. Benji feels hopeless when his doctor prescribes an embarrassing green helmet be worn at all times. The only other option is to adopt a dog trained for medical emergencies.

Benji’s therapy dog, Parker Elvis Pembroke IV (Elvis), is a two-hundred pound Newfoundland. If that weren’t crazy enough, Elvis can talk! Will Elvis give Benji the courage to stand up to his bullies and illness? Or will Benji get caught talking to his dog and be less popular than ever?

Elvis and the Underdogs is a hilarious read that is both sentimental and empowering. Through his relationship with Elvis, Benji learns to make new friends and take chances. The supporting characters provide many laughs in this fast paced story. Animal lovers will especially relate to this story.

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