TITLE: The Canines of Kibblestan
GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy
When Nicki’s dog goes missing in the fantastical land of Kibblestan, the eleven-year-old animal lover embarks on an incredible journey to find her faithful friend, and ends up making shocking discoveries about the evil canines that live there.
Nicki Colimar sat on the curb watching the movers carry furniture into her new house. Here came the brown leather couch scarred with dozens of teeth marks. Boy, Mo had sure gotten in trouble that day. It had taken Nicki’s whiniest voice plus several tears to convince her parents that her dog didn’t really mean to shred the couch. She was just playing and besides, it had probably tasted like beef jerky. How could any dog resist?
Next came the kitchen table. It only had a few scratches from when Mo had climbed up and helped herself to a whole bucket of fried chicken. It really wasn’t Mo’s fault, though. Nicki’s mom had left it on the table unsupervised while she went to answer the phone. How was Mo to know the chicken was only for the humans in the house and not her?
Nicki had pleaded this case until her parents had finally agreed that maybe Mo didn’t need to be traded in for a pet goldfish after all. And Nicki had even cleaned up the chicken later that night when it had come out of Mo’s body and onto the living room carpet. Her parents didn’t need to know about that, though.
Now the movers were starting on the antique piano that no one ever played. This was going to take awhile. Nicki stood up and walked to the garage. Mo was in her crate, something her parents had insisted upon while the movers were here.