Make way for the boss of tetherball! Fran knows she's best at everything, so who cares if nobody wants to play with her? She has Hercules, her rowdy Newfoundland puppy, who could care less if she cheats or pushes a little. Then Fran receives the part of Princess Penelope in the school play, and she is thrilled--until her teacher warns her that she will be kicked out if she doesn't improve her behavior. Even worse, her parents are at the end of their rope with Hercules. Will Fran be able to keep Hercules and the leading role?

"The author of Butterfly Buddies (2001) offers another entertaining novel full of believable kids with recognizable problems....With a brisk plot, short chapter, and frequent pen-and-ink illustrations, this story will be a good pick for children making the transition to short novels." --Booklist

Selected Works

Picture Book
Animal Adventure
A stand-alone companion volume to "The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot" and "The Case of the Purloined Professor" also by Judy Cox.
Bank Street College of Education Best Books 2014
New Books
Join Mouse on his fourth adventure--a romp in the snow!
Mrs. Millie's Kindergartners surprise her with a pun-filled birthday party!
Mouse is back in a Halloween adventure.
Nora's rowdy cousin from Texas is coming to stay. Is Ellie as bad as Nora remembers? Junior Library Guild Selection
Award Winners
Oregon Spirit Award
Bank Street College of Education, Best Books of 2011
Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2011
TIME magazine Best Children's Books of 2009
Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award 2009
Children's Choices list 2009
TIME magazine Best Children's Books of 2005
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award 2004
Nevada Young Readers Award 2002